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Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Reading is a series of human emotions. Writing is the gift of sharing these emotions.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking  Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 29, 2020

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 29, 2020


The Midnight Library is a sci-fi fantasy novel by Matt Haig. The story revolves around Nora who decides to end her life and somehow gets stuck in a library that contains all the possibilities of what kind of life she could have. Mrs. Elm, the librarian, guides her through an infinite number of books inside the library for her to experience the many, many lives that might’ve been. As she’s given an opportunity to choose the life she wants, she realizes that the place she wants to escape to, is the exact same place she escaped from. And that the prison wasn’t the place, but the perspective.


Awesome book! It’s a book that I wanted to try reading despite the fact that it’s not my choice of genre. Honestly, I wouldn’t have come across this book if it hadn’t been for RM who recommended the book during one of the episodes of BTS In the Soop Season 2. And I’m glad I read it! The opening itself instantly pulled me in because it was a countdown to when Nora decides to end her life. It was very intriguing because anyone would want to know why a person would decide to end one’s life and what is that last trigger that would make a person end it for good.

I’ve had such a great reading experience because of the life realizations and lessons imparted as you read through it. The ending was also very enlightening. This is one of those books that would give tons of beautiful quotes as the entirety of it was so philosophical. It’s a definite 5 out of 5 stars for me and my favorite quote from this book is, “You don’t have to understand life. You just have to live it.”

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