The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
What’s it about?
When Nora Seed decides she no longer wants to live anymore she finds herself suddenly thrust into "The Midnight Library”. The Midnight Library is a place where she hovers between life and death. Here she can choose alternative lives to address her many regrets. But what life (or death) will Nora ultimately choose?
What did it make me think about?
This story certainly made the point that all our choices (small and large) create our path in life.
Should I read it?
This book was much like the most comfortable pair of shoes you own- just so easy to slip into. My assumption is that this book will be a favorite too many- and offensive too few. I liked the book and enjoyed taking a break from so many books lately that are trying to convince me of a viewpoint. I would recommend this one- especially if you are ready for a break from heavy reads.
“ ‘Between life and death there is a library’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be different if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’ “
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Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
The Storied Life of A.J. Fiery by Gabrielle Zevon
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!