The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This is one of those books which has been hyped soooo much I was genuinely a bit scared to read it in case it was a disappointment. It was not.

Life is not what Nora Seed has expected. She had so many opportunities for greatness but instead has ended up unemployed, single and unhappy. When she is informed her cat has died it is the final straw and she takes an overdose. What Nora isn’t expecting is to end up a library with her old school librarian. It is the Midnight Library.

Unlike a normal library, the shelves are full of different versions of Nora’s life where she has made different decisions which have led her to different realities. In some lives she is married, has children, is a famous rock star, lives in Australia etc. She soon learns that there is basically an infinite amount of alternate realities as even a flicker of a thought she has had, in some reality she went with it and developed it. However, she has a small timeframe to find the life that she wishes she has had before her body in the life she came from dies.

Basically this book was like Sliding Doors; the Gwyneth Paltrow book, but with millions of different options. It was quite short which was nice and the chapters were super short which everybody always loves. One thing is for sure with this book, it is an emotional journey!

I’m not sure whether it is quite what I was expecting and it wasn’t a book I literally couldn’t put down, but it was interesting and I was eager for her to get to the end and make the decision we all knew she would in the end. I think it dealt with mental health really nicely though actually and reminded us that things can always be better and/or worse than what they are and just because something is our current reality doesn’t mean we can’t change it.

I gave it a 4/5 as I really enjoyed it and would encourage others to read it but it’s far from my favourite book I’ve read this year.

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