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Midnight Library
Midnight Library | Matt Haig
'Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices... Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?' A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. 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 new 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.
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chlolovesbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5

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New books 📖 💙💜🩵

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Julsmarshall
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Does anyone use libib.com (also an app) to catalog their personal books? My sweetie got me a scanner for my birthday a few months ago and I‘ve nearly got everything scanned in. It is great because I have a record of everything I have so I‘m less likely to buy a second copy. And it is like playing grown up librarian!

charl08 I do the same on librarything (without the scanner). 1mo
Karkar I use Libib. I love it! I have two libraries on mine one for my books and one for my Mom. 1mo
Ladygodiva7 Cool! I don‘t have it, but I did the same thing with BookBuddy+ app, I scanned the ISBN with my camera phone. (edited) 1mo
everlocalwest I definitely keep a list of books I'm collecting so that I don't buy dups but I am consistently adding to and culling my collection so my list on librarything is woefully out of date and I fear I'm going to have to start over. Kudos to you on your journey!! I love cataloging! 1mo
MaureenMc Another Libib user 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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jamield1911
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Absolutely beautiful.
"It's A Wonderful Life" meets "The Butterfly Effect". A true example of the grass not always being greener and about how remarkable life really can be.

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SoniaMRompoti
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Matt Haig masterfully explores the intricate tapestry of life's what-ifs through Nora Seed's journey across lifetimes of choices not made. This book is a luminous guide through the shadows of doubt, illuminating the value of every path we take. A compelling read that marries psychology with the magic of possibilities. Captivated by Haig's narrative, I found solace and reflection in Nora's story.

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RosePressedPages
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My friend picked The Midnight Library for our book club. I was very familiar with the book but skeptical about the concept, thinking it would be a tearjerker and make me feel like a trainwreck. Instead, I found it to be hopeful and reflective. I ended up binging it in a day and am glad my friend made me give it a try. A little bit cheesy towards the end but a solid 4 🌟‘s.

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Kaylaapps
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I was kind of nervous to start this book. I‘ve been in a reading slump and just wanted something easy. The first “chapter” kind of hits you and makes you realize this isn‘t a normal book. It makes you think and realize the what could have beens but not in a sad way! In a way that makes you want to live!

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ChasingOm
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I‘ve gotten out of the habit of taking pictures of what I‘m reading and sharing them here. 🥲 So here‘s a January report with a repost of my #BookSpin list!
Read: Tagged & Rated Below
Note: Read my BookSpin, Double BookSpin, and #FoodandLit choice this month!

Texreader This is great! I need to do something like this 6mo
ChasingOm For #FoodandLit Ghana. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 6mo
ChasingOm For #BookSpin. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
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ChasingOm For #DoubleBookSpin. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (When I originally picked this up a few years ago, I could not get into it. Definitely a right book, wrong time scenario - I LOVED it.) 6mo
ChasingOm A difficult read; Kate is an excellent story teller and artist and I‘m so glad she shared her own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
ChasingOm For #ReadHarder Manga, I read this series instead and I HAVE ALL THE LOVE FOR IT. It‘s cute and sweet and made me laugh out loud every volume. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!! 6mo
Catsandbooks Great job! 👏🏼🇬🇭 6mo
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Sharv_Sona
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It‘s been ages since I‘ve posted anything, but it‘s been hard to find the time to read, let alone post. BUT Christmas break came along and so did time!! Coming to the actual book, I absolutely loved it, I adored it, I thought it was brilliant.

We read Albom‘s “The Time Keeper” for my English class and it was fantastic. Looking for more books like that, I came across this one and I was not disappointed. I won‘t say too much, but this gets 5⭐️!

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Never underestimate the big importance of small things.

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You can choose choices but not outcomes.

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“Sometimes the only way to learn is to live.”

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“Want,” she told her, in a measured tone, “is an interesting word. It means lack. Sometimes if we fill that lack with something else the original want disappears entirely.”

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JillR
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Well, what a lovely little surprise. I went into this a bit resistant. Felt it might be a bit twee. But it was actually sweet and lovely, a perfect read for the end of one year and the start of the next 💙

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A person was like a city. You couldn‘t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don‘t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.

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Happy moments can turn into pain, given time.

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1. The tagged book
2. The Most Likely Club. Ugh, literally the worst book I‘ve read in so long
3. Nothing yet. I‘ve got a cold so I‘ll see how I‘m feeling. Might just kick it at home just me and my kitty and I‘m perfectly fine with that
4. No but I did end up at the mall for an hour or two
5. I guess kinda brown because it‘d been raining. I always want a white one and never get it 😂

#ghostsofxmas #wintergames @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN I would love to have a white one too ❄️ 7mo
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SusanLee
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The overall premise of the story dwells on Nora's mundane life and suicidal thoughts, how she finally overcame it and wanting to live her life in the end. It sure is enlightening looking from Nora's point of view, as I would never have thought of dying. It was also a well written book, I liked the clarity and easy to understand prose. This is my last pick of the year for #bookspin 🙏🏻 I‘ve rated it 3/5.
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
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MahsaNjm
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A book with a new idea 👌🏽

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KCofKaysville
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Good story of possibilities in life. Fun to read.

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SG2014
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Two books that deal with trying to fix the “mistakes” of the past, each unique in their own way.

Life after Life is a subtle story about what you would change if you could be re-born.

Midnight Library is the book I recommend to everyone and reminds you how precious this life can be. No regrets on this one.

If I was an English teacher, I would ask students to do a study on these two books.

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KCofKaysville
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Starting a bestseller from a couple of years ago.

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Loved this novel. Matt Haig should be Therapist For Our Broken World.

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🗣️🧐

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
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“ A person was like a city. You couldn‘t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There me parts you don‘t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worth the while.”

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Mshookquilts
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An inspiration! Somewhat in the style of It‘s a Wonderful Life. Nora Seed has had a horrible day in a rough life and decides to die. She‘s given the opportunity to try on different lives and discovers different aspects of herself growing. You‘ll have to read to see what her final choice will be.

SarahBookInterrupted This was a fan book pick last season on my book club podcast and I really liked it. One of the questions we ask is what would be your library? And who would your librarian be? That was a fun exercise. 9mo
Mshookquilts @SarahBookInterrupted I bet it was. I‘ve been blessed with different people helping me out during rough times so it‘d be a hard pick. 9mo
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Alora
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It's been a minute Litsy... 😭
Life has been crazy and I've been in a horrible reading slump for the past few months.

Excited to get back into some good books!

Looking forward to #Scarathlon

Librarybelle Welcome back! 10mo
TheBookgeekFrau Welcome back and happy reading!! 10mo
Deblovestoread Nice to see you back! 🙌🏼 10mo
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DaveGreen7777 Welcome back to Litsy, Alora! 🙌 10mo
bthegood Glad to “see“ you - 🙂 9mo
Alora Thank you everyone!!! I'm glad to be back. Missed this amazing community ❤️ 9mo
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Wow, what a great book. I was immediately hooked, and it never let go. The concept is fantastic, the emotions are raw, and even though I predicted the ending from the start, it still had me teary-eyed at the end. Beautifully written, inspiring, loved it.

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Another_bibliophile
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It is easy to mourn the lives we aren't living.
It takes no effort to miss the friends we didn't make and the work we didn't do the people we didn't do and the people we didn't marry and the children we didn't have. It is not difficult to see yourself through the lens of other people, and to wish you were all the different kaleidoscopic versions of you they wanted you to be. It is easy to regret, and keep regretting, until our time runs out.

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I enjoyed reading all the little stories in this book. It felt like you are living those lives.

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kitapkurdu
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Was an easy read, quite predictable in my personal opinion, with an expected message at the end so it was okay, however I also wouldn‘t really recommend it to anyone.

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BarbaraJean
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Mehso-so

I‘m torn over this. The premise of being able to explore how your life would‘ve gone if you‘d chosen different paths was really interesting. I‘m in a place of wondering that myself, so I was worried it would hit too close to home in some ways! But it wasn‘t written in a way that did it justice, I think. The mechanics of how it all worked were discussed too much, and certain details set it up for an inevitable ending that felt too predictable. ⤵️

BarbaraJean However, the ideas were indeed interesting and made for a great book club discussion! And I did enjoy the book overall, just not as much as I‘d hoped. I DID enjoy finding the perfect bookmark pairing. 11mo
DivineDiana I felt the same way. And yes it is a perfect pairing! ❤️ 11mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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I loved the premise of this book, but the storytelling didn‘t work for me. The plot follows Nora who gets the opportunity to try many different iterations of her life in pursuit of the one that will make her happy. It just felt like an elongated metaphor, very heavy-handed, and like it wanted so badly to be profound that it took shortcuts of “this is profound!!” without actually being nuanced, subtle, innovative, and truly profound.

Erin.Elizabeth10 I also feel as if the ending of this book was too tidy and moralistic for anyone who has actually had a loved one deal with depression or ending their life. The message was basically, “be grateful and smell the flowers, and you‘ll realize everything is actually wonderful.” That‘s insulting and simplistic to people whose stories don‘t end that way. 11mo
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cephellapod
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Other reviews said this one was dense. I loved it. Frank and funny. I am also always a sucker for flashback type stories so entering the different lives was so fun. Sometimes the message doesn‘t need to be buried beneath profound metaphor.

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rwmg
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As Norah Seed hovers between life and death after a suicide attempt she finds herself in a library where she gets the chance to explore what her life would have been like if she'd made other choices at various points.

We all wonder “what if“ sometimes and I think I'd already reached the same conclusion the book does, but it was still an interesting journey to reach that point.

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Gabbymags123
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2023 book club choice…. Diff kind of book not finished yet …. It‘s ok 6/10. When thinking deeply about this book it actually could be powerful never give up and see the potential in ourselves!!

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K.Wielechowski
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I bailed the first time I tried to read it, managed to make it through the second.
Nora has a shit life and decides to end it. Instead of going into the bright light, she‘s transported to the midnight library full of the books of all the untaken paths of her life. She‘s allowed to live a bunch of them to decide which would make her happy.
I struggled to care about Nora and the ending was predictable. Not worth the hype.

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Unpopular opinion and maaaybe a tad spoilery. ⬇️

Eggbeater I have complicated feelings about this novel as one who has family members who died by suicide. I liked Nora. I liked the library and the adventure of parallel universes where you get to make different life choices. I just thought it was all coming from a privileged perspective, and the ending was insultingly simplistic. 11mo
MidnightBookGirl The author for sure was privileged enough to afford and have easy access to help with his depression and anxiety, although he definitely suffered in a deep depression for a long time. But he had the money and time to focus on his mental health, which unfortunately most people don‘t have. I really liked this book, but despite my anxiety issues, I‘ve been fortunate to not have major depression. If you haven‘t read his vampire novel, here it is: 11mo
Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl I didn't know Matt Haig had depression himself. I still didn't like the ending, but it changes my perspective a little bit. I will check out his vampire book. Thanks! 11mo
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