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The Midnight Library

themidnightlibrary The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 13th August 2020
Keywords: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Death, Alternate realities, Suicide, Family

Synopsis
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?

Review
I recieved an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one was a really fun read, for the most part. The main character has given up on life and decides to end it, but what lies between life and death for her is the Midnight Library, filled with millions of books containing all of her alternates lives that she gets to try out to see if she can find one worth living.

This premise was very interesting as someone with depression. The character finding that most of her alternate reality selves, no matter how different their life paths may be, was still depressed and taking medication for it. In some lives she is wealthy and successful, but still unhappy. In some lives some of her friends or family members have died.

This books asks the ultimate question, if you could have a do over, would you? What little or big decisions would you make differently? Or perhaps we all need to do a bit more of appreciating the lives we already have instead of always wondering what ifs. We don’t need to die in order to start tackling our own book of regrets when we can face them now and make this life into the best one we could have had anyway. Definitely a book for thought and one I highly recommend.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

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