The Midnight Library, a review by Sherry

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The Midnight Library
Matt Haig

288 pages

published by Viking
September 29, 2020

The only way to learn is to live.

What if you had a do over on what you perceive as your worst choices? That’s the loose premise of the Midnight Library. Nora Sneed has decided she no longer wants to live. She lost her job, she no longer speaks to her brother, her cat died and the elderly neighbor she helps, no longer needs her help. She makes and executes her plan, only to end up in the Midnight Library, where time stands still and you can reevaluate your life. With endless books that show the direction your life would have taken if you made different decisions.

So I start to wonder what decisions I regret and what I could learn from those choices. Would a change in any of those decisions alter my happiness today? As Nora chooses from the infinite volumes in her library, she tries out new lives and is reminded over and over that β€œthe only way to learn is to live.”

This book is a departure from my normal reading material and refreshing in its straightforward and simple message. Matt Haig prompts the reader to evaluate their own life and imagine what could have been. It is a great end of the year read as you prepare for the new year.


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