Hello bookish friends! Today it’s my absolute pleasure to be sharing my #WhatsTurningMyPages review of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig with you! ✨
Between life and death there is a library.
When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.
The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.
Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?
I’m a huge fan of Haig’s writing, so when I heard that he had some new contemporary fiction coming out, I just had to be one of the first to read it; and I was not disappointed!
It is a well known fact in the bookish world that Matt Haig is a huge proponent of mental health welfare and wellbeing and his energy really shines through in The Midnight Library. BUT this is not a story of empty platitudes and cliches – you can look elsewhere for those. THESE pages are teeming with raw, honest, human emotion. They are plastered with a fixation on regret, and they sag from the weight of infinite decisions, however minute, and how they can can cause cataclysmic changes to any given situation and seismic shifts between hopes, dreams and aspirations and what you actually end up with.
It’s rather difficult to review this book without giving too much away; but for Nora it begins at rock bottom and turns into what can only be described as a book lovers dream: a books about books! It is also a book which makes you think; providing headspace and written triggers for self evaluation and assessment. The Midnight Library really got me thinking about life and love and gratitude.
Despite sobbing at only 20 pages in, Haig’s affirmative and wise words in The Midnight Library were the PERFECT tonic for me during #LockdownUK and I don’t doubt that they’ll continue to be a huge source of comfort to many others who are looking for an entertaining yet moving story to immerse themselves in. Haig’s valuable life lesson is delivered perfectly and succinctly and is particularly relevant in the challenging times in which we currently find ourselves.
Uplifting, endearing and abundant in wonderful storytelling; The Midnight Library is a book that I’ll be telling everyone to buy.
The Midnight Library is out on 13 August in hardback and you can buy it here. My thanks go to Canongate Books for my beautiful finished copy.
Until next time! Have a wonderful day!