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 blockbuster 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.
When I first added The Midnight Library to my shelves, I was excited about the possibilities. It sounded like a deep and intriguing exploration of life and its possibilities.
And for a while, I did enjoy these explorations, wondering what would happen next.
But it didn’t take long for me to want to rush through the pages and set the book aside. As I kept plugging away, I found my mind drifting, which is usually a bad sign for the success of a story.
Some found this book fascinating. I did not. Sometimes we have to explore a book for a while to enjoy it. That did not happen for me in this one. 3 stars.