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'Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices... Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?' A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this 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.
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“You don't have to understand life. You just have to live it.”

When you read certain books, you feel as if the author has created this book, just for you. It feels as if, the words were made using the fragments of your thoughts, insecurities and deepest fears. I think Matt Haig must have known me, or at least, he must have had a friend who has the same type of problems as me. (I know that's farfetched, but this rings so true for me.) Books always become special when you can identify with the characters, and Nora Seed, the protagonist of this book was a person I could relate to so well.
Am I depressed like her? No. Am I 35, like her? Certainly not! But just like her, my life is also clouded with regrets. Every night, I used to lose my sleep, thinking about the things that I never did, and the ones I would never have the chance to do again. She's just so tired of life, that she hates herself. I too, had hated myself months back, and my days were all so gray, that it was impossible to see the light shining outside.
That being said, and the importance of this book, pointed out, let's talk about the plot.

So, what's this book about?

Nora Seed is an estranged woman. She is highly depressed, and believes that no one loves her and she has let everyone down, in her family. Everywhere she looks, she only sees the things that she never has. When Voltaire, her only companion and pet cat, dies, she is convinced that she can't even take care of a cat. She decides to end her life by swallowing antidepressants.
But does she find herself in hell or heaven? No, instead she has landed on a library, were she is met by her former school librarian, Mrs. Elm. The shelves are lined with books, each holding a possibility of a different life. A life that she didn't get to live. A second chance. A chance to right all the wrongs in her life. She can erase her regrets from the huge book aptly titled, 'The Book Of Regrets.'
Nora enters so many lives, she lives as a rock star, a glaciologist, a champion swimmer. But soon, she realizes that nothing makes her happy. But isn't that she had wanted? To be happy? Isn't that we all want at the end of the day? The heart of Haig's novel lies in the fact that we often miss out on the little things of our life. These things that we fail to appreciate, are the ones that ultimately bring us joy. Just like a pawn in chess, it may seem insignificant, but when the pawn crosses over to the other side, it becomes queen. Most people forget that.

Remember that 'Life isn't perfect, but it has perfect moments.'

Haig's novel is a strong look on mental health, and one of the best books of the year.
Slip into the story of The Midnight Library, and find yourself in the parallel universes the shelves are lined with.
14 January 2021 (14:42) 
I really liked the midnight library! It is well written and take a subject as sentitive as suicide and turns it into a book a bout possibilities and hopefulness. I really Like the writing style me Matt Hait. To put it in a nutcrack lt was a light and heartfelt book that I entirely read in one sitting!
07 February 2021 (18:43) 
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Between Life & Death there is a library - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
This is the basic plot of the book. A novel which appeals to the spiritual as well as scientific knowledge :
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora seed sat in the warmth of a small school library. The book starts off with a pretty depressive storyline but proceeds further just as the French philosopher Sartre once said, Life begins on the other side of despair. Nora seed is a woman full of regrets, regrets that consume her mind on a daily basis. But things are about to change…

As Nora Seed reaches the Midnight library, she is given a lifetime opportunity. The opportunity of possibilities. Within the library there are infinite number of possibilities of how her life could have been.   

Rating - 5 Stars indeed !
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15 April 2021 (19:51) 
once you finish reading this book, you get a feeling of lightness, all the heaviness that got accumulated due to the regrets of the supposed 'bad' decisions you had taken in the past will die down once you explore this book's fictional world. after getting acquainted with the Midnight Library, I realized that 'the moment you are living right now is just a reflection of your decision to live this moment hence regretting about it is pointless-therefore just live the moment as you wished few seconds/minutes/hours/days whatever time it is since you decided.
05 May 2021 (06:46) 
17 May 2021 (06:32) 
one of my favourite books
24 May 2021 (17:34) 
When I can pick a million other books in library I ended up on this book and I am grateful for it. Before reading this book I was not in great state after I read it in one sitting I am content now.
The best way to live is just by living it. This book would be great choice for positivity.
05 June 2021 (20:35) 
@irisgrdd it's in a nutshell, my friend, not a nutcrack although that did make me crack up
19 June 2021 (00:41) 
this not openiing even any book isnt opening and if we want to change the file type we nned to and when i try to sign in the server says incorrect password .
24 June 2021 (13:03) 
it is a great book. worth a try
07 July 2021 (12:07) 
Anahit Keshishyan
Its really interesting book. Gives a reason to sit and think about life. How decisions can make it change and how regrets can kill you.
07 July 2021 (22:34) 
Ravish Ansari
The midnight library is a remarkable sci-fi dazzling piece of art from Matt Haig, famous for being weirdly funny yet meaningful write-ups. Matt came up with another exciting outer-worldly fiction story about a library situated between life and death, where bookshelves go on forever. Each book represents another version of your life in infinite quantum space multiverse.
As a human, every one of us has regrets, some more than other, some have at level of unbearable intolerance like Nora Seeds (the main character in the story) which brings her to edge of suicide but instead of being dead of overdose, her subconscious goes to Library and her journey of multiple life choices-exploration started. It is dazzling and intriguing at the same time where the author will keep you hooked up till the last page.
“It is easy to mourn the lives we aren't living. Easy to wish we'd developed other talents, said yes to different offers. Easy to wish we'd worked harder, loved better, handled our finances more astutely, been more popular, stayed in the band, gone to Australia, said yes to the coffee, or done more bloody yoga.
It takes no effort to miss the friends we didn't make and the work we didn't do the people we didn't do and the people we didn't marry and the children we didn't have. It is not difficult to see yourself through the lens of other people, and to wish you were all the different kaleidoscopic versions of you they wanted you to be. It is easy to regret, and keep regretting, ad infinitum, until our time runs out.
But it is not lives we regret not living that are the real problem. It is the regret itself. It's the regret that makes us shrivel and wither and feel like our own and other people's worst enemy.
We can't tell if any of those other versions would of been better or worse. Those lives are happening, it is true, but you are happening as well, and that is the happening we have to focus on.”
The story line is life affirming and fresh starts for all of us who anchored deep in our regrets. Its about what-ifs, could’ve-would’ve-should’ve-feelings, unfinished plans, insecurities, compromised career paths, let-go relationships, self-harm, love, and giving up. Matt beautifully laid out that most of our regrets are not based on facts, but we like to burden ourselves with our preconceived notions that it was our fault. It creates a downward spiral of melancholy. Matt showed that what if we get an opportunity to live our dream life or wipe off our regrets or try out alternate passions/career-paths, will our life be better? Will we be happy? Will you be contented?
Trust me you will find the answer thrilling, life-altering, and surprisingly amazing. A must read!!!
“As Thoreau wrote, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
20 July 2021 (12:30) 
This is my first-ever Matt Haig book and honestly I gravitated towards this book solely for 2 reasons:-
1. First, being that of the title, and
2. Second, because it won a Goodreads choice awards and has been raved upon by all the critics and booktubers equally.

Honesty, starting with the premise that our protagonist Nora who finds herself at the critical juncture of life where everything seems to be falling apart like the death of her beloved feline Voltaire, losing her job, not being in talking terms with her only living relative which is her brother and not being wanted even by her bestfriend Izzy.

Everything seems to be going bad for her and this is the time when she decides to end every pain, regret, sorrow and frustration that she had with her life with an overdose of pills. But even she ends up failing in this!

She lands up in a library whose only opening timing is that of midnight and where one finds the answers to all the questions, regrets, worries and disappointments one faced in life through reading books from the ever-moving shelves.

If Nora finds a perfect life for her by reliving her choices and changing her decisions that she had made in the past, then she gets to live in that particular life or else she moves back to the midnight library and gets to choose another book through which she can live another life in a different universe.

Overall, the premise of the book was very promising and exciting for me to pick it up but somewhere after 60-70 pages, it started becoming kind-of predictable and so, it became a bit more uni-dimensional for me.

I know books resonate with a reader as much as the experience of a certain individual and their life choices. So, for a person like me who hasn't had the experience of being on the other horrible side of life facing issues like depression and anxiety, it wouldn't be much relatable and things depicted in the book towards the end would seem more obvious, normal and pretty generic for us.

But for someone who has faced depression and had issues dealing with life choices this book can serve as a therapy or kind of a reminder to appreciate all good things in life.

So, overall this has been a pretty normal binge reading session for me with not much 'it blew my mind' stuff going on.
And sometimes it is quite refreshing just not reading anything intense, gripping or even educational for a change.
Something that is easy-breezy and kind of smooth.
I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
21 July 2021 (23:13) 
if you want a dry, plain, boring writing about characters with no depth whatsoever and a very predictable and disappointing ending - this is your read.
I might be spoiled with good books and i had high hopes for this one especially looking at all those great reviews, but this one was like biting into a chocolate chip cookie and finding out it's not cooked through, sugar feels like sand on your teeth and that's not even chocolate chips but raisins.
What a waste of a brilliant idea...
25 July 2021 (11:02) 
Cool it is , and make me think of the Akashic Records which I may one day visit.
27 July 2021 (18:41) 
This book is a true delight, a thought-provoking masterpiece by Matt Haig. It answers the what-ifs that every human asks about life and death. No regrets.
29 July 2021 (11:15) 
I just finished it and it was so much worth it. Not unusual that it has tons of good ratings.
31 July 2021 (05:17) 
I really enjoyed this book
05 August 2021 (17:41) 
Love it. Thank you for this website love love love it
17 August 2021 (02:48) 
I can't download it ?
22 August 2021 (10:17) 
2/5 - It was okay

It was hard for me to finish the book as the story was very slow. It only got interesting near the end.
24 August 2021 (07:29) 
“You can chose the choice but not the outcome”.
This is one of the most effective lines you can encounter in the book by Matt Haig, “The midnight library”.
This is a book of possibility, book of opportunity how life could be resulted if you had chosen something differently or acted differently. Nora Seed a woman in her mid-thirties, came across situation where she question herself with the meaning of her existence, she think she is living without any purpose. Then she encounters a library where books shelves seems never to be ending. Those books were the possibilities of her life, what she could become and do if she would have choose one thing differently. Nora got her chance to live every possibility of life, being several different person and getting existing in that life, getting to know what she really wanted.
This books make you think that life is a never ending opportunity, your one tiny decision can lead you to whole another life. But then you can only chose to reverse a decision not the outcomes. Things can change, but there is no guarantee that the outcome will be in your favour. There is no perfect life, but reversing your regrets and getting second chance to choose gives you a satisfaction to your curiosity to “what if”, which can lead you closest to perfect. “There is no way of living that can immunise you against sadness”.
The book is a adventure to fantasy, between life and death, beautiful work of fantasy with reality and philosophy and theories of parallel universe complimenting the facts of the book. Imagination and importance of every tiny detail of daily life is beautifully explained here, this book will make you yearn to visit that library, you will be forced to think if this is just a fantasy imagined by author or a hard to believe reality, and if there is a possibility that you may have experienced.
26 August 2021 (19:07) 
I made my friend read this and we made an oath to follow the philosophy that the author was teaching. this book made me appreciative for the gift of life
27 August 2021 (19:57) 
Indonesian version please ?
30 August 2021 (03:19) 
through this book, i found my will to live and my potential of doing great things.
02 September 2021 (20:55) 
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I will review it after reading!
24 September 2021 (08:03) 
This is amazing!!! Why didn't I read it earlier??
love every second of it
03 October 2021 (07:38) 
Such a good message told I. This book, easy reading would recommend?
07 October 2021 (15:32) 
The book was kinda slow at first but you slowly get the message and yup, it's definitely one of my favs now.
03 November 2021 (13:31) 
It's a really nice book. No wonder it is so famous that even BTS members recommended it.
21 December 2021 (06:23) 
the book was absolutely amazing, and it got me out of a year-long book slump. very happy i read it
29 December 2021 (03:26) 
Got cover-page baited and bought paperback on amazon, not worth buying.
I'm around page 120 and I don't feel like reading it anymore. Nothing interesting is going on. Guess all the social media and Youtube addiction got to me and I can't find things like these good enough but nevertheless it isn't good enough. It definitely felt like a chore reading through the first 120 pages (1/3 of the book). Obviously the takeaways are, don't judge a book by its cover, even though the book's cover is not extraordinary by any means, your opinion doesn't matter online, especially a book review comment which doesn't add anything constructive regarding the book, being a hot take against the public opinion, and also a review without reading the whole book. Like many of the news articles nowadays.

- Master Bastard, useless info dumper like everyone else on twitter
29 December 2021 (09:11) 
Twas a great read. i did enjoy it. 3rd book this year! finished it in 5 hours.
16 January 2022 (00:09) 

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