The Midnight Library by Matt Haig |Book Review

Sunday 14 February 2021

This title came out in September of 2020 and slowly started to pick up steam and by the end of the year it was one of those books everyone was talking about.  It was picked as a Good Morning America book club pick and while that's not as illustrious as, say, Reese Witherspoon or Oprah Winfrey, it's not half bad. So after quite a few people, including my wife, recommended it to me, I chose it as my first book of the year and 2021 couldn't have started any better.

Do you remember shows like Quantum Leap or Sliders? Did you like those shows? Then this is the book for you.  This follows Nora Seed as she finds herself faced with a decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

This book deals with suicide but oddly enough it's not a heavy book. This is more about Nora's journey of self discovery instead of a look at depression. Those books are quite important but this one went a very different route and I'm glad it did. Nora gets the chance to "try on" different lives in the hope that she'll find the one that suits her. It's fun following her from life to life. Some are awful it's obviously not the life for her while others aren't half bad. This story has a very good life lesson within its pages. 

This has been one of the hardest book reviews I've ever written. I just don't know what to say. I have an easier time writing about books that I either hate or love.  I just really liked this book but it fell a bit short of being amazing.

Now that I think about it, the book loses it's stride halfway through the book and if I hadn't been enjoying it, it would have been very easy to put down. The pacing of Nora's jumps from life to life had some issues especially when we get to the first life that really resonates with her, it halts the momentum of the book.

But in the end this was a good book that I highly recommend. My inability to say much about it notwithstanding, I think everyone should give this book a chance. It was fun and thankfully it wasn't nearly as dark as it could have been. It's hopeful and enjoyable.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig gets a 9 out of 11

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