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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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BookBr
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings. This was a quick read, and an engaging one for sure. Nora (MC) is easy to like and to identify with, and her struggles are all too familiar. But it felt, a lot of the time, a pretty heavy-handed statement, at times a little cliched, and it kept interrupting the flow for me. What tried to be philosophical seemed a little too self-help, and neat and tidy for what the character was really experiencing. Left me a little flat.

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BookBr
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Is it bad that I picked this to read next because it was the only one left unread in the pile right beside me? 😁 Regardless, onward!

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Horsedancer98
Mehso-so

I‘m not totally sure what I think about this book. I appreciate that the book showed that the lows of mental health can get very serious. At the same time, I wasn‘t totally a fan of how “self-help book” -ish it got towards the end. Rating: 3 ⭐️

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Mehso-so

This was just alright for me. I wasn‘t blown away but I didn‘t hate it either.. I can see the appeal and why it was such a hot book through the pandemic.. and that‘s fine. I‘m extremely meh on it. #readmyowndamnbooks

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Oberkrombie
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I wasn‘t overly sure of this book when I first started; it didn‘t seem to have a lot of depth and really dropped you right into the hot coals of Nora Seed‘s life. But after a week of passing it by, I picked it back up and was greatly rewarded for it. Matt Haig‘s understanding of the anguish/doubt that life brings really grabbed my attention when the storyline is reveled. Great writing, honest thoughts and beautiful story. 10/10 add it to the shelf

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dabbe
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Who wouldn't want to be in a library where one could “try on“ different journeys of her life to see what fit best? As I was reading, I found myself wondering if Matt Haig was a psychologist since this novel delves into the psyche of a disturbed individual. The fact that Haig himself had a nervous breakdown when he was 24 might contribute to the types of fiction/nonfiction he chooses to write. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day.

Chrissyreadit Same. I loved this book. 3w
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Anre1
Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t get into this book, it seemed to jump all over the place. It was very hard to follow for me.

Faerily It definitely was not what I was expecting when I read it. And I could see why one would not want to muddle on through to the predictable end. 4w
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melissajayne
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Sending it back it‘s owner #lmpbc

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melissajayne
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5⭐️ Really enjoyed this read for the second time this year. I got a little more out of than I did when I read it in August. Read for #lmpbc. Was my #doublebookspin book for October. #2022 #reread #fiction #psychgology #bookreview #bookstagram

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Bookworm54
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This is my pick for #Story #ScarathlonDailyPrompts

When Nora reaches the library, it is filled with books about all her possible lives, all the possible choices she could have made and how it would have changed her story.
I really enjoyed this book!

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

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melissajayne
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Onto book no.3 #deweyoct #readathon

Caterina I enjoyed this one! I feel like it's perfect pacing for a readathon day 😊 1mo
melissajayne @Caterina this is my second re-read of the book; I really like the book. 1mo
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banjaara_111
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I absolutely loved this book. It was a very interesting concept: what if you could live all your potential lives? Which one would you choose? The main character gets to explore all the lives she could have lead, so different from her mundane life, and she has to decide which life to stay in. I also appreciate how it dealt with mental health issues like depression and suicide in a nuanced way.

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RenePenn
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Pickpick

I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, but it was a pick for me. If nothing else it makes you think about your life choices and how they not only affect you but others. I‘ve seen derogatory comments about it sounding like a self help book, but the MC is a philosopher (of sorts) so it feels more like her coming to her own realizations to me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡📚💙 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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I reread this for my local book club meeting this week. Even though I knew the story, I still enjoyed it just as much as my first read.

Some members of my club felt it became repetitive and I don't disagree. However, the last few chapters are where the "meat" of this story is for me and I love the ending.

Great book to discuss with others!

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Hedon
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Some good quotes, not certain this is for me yet, though.

Nutmegnc It was dnf for me. It wasn‘t bad. Just not for me. 2mo
Hedon Finished it yesterday, not for me. Replay by Ken Grimwood tackles a similar theme but in a way I enjoyed more. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs I just finished this one for book club. Not for me either! 2mo
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mija333
Bailedbailed

I had such high hopes for this. Bailed.

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Roxy26
Panpan

A pretentious self help book disguised as a novel. Cringeworthy quotes aplenty! The story could have been promising, however the lack of depth and character development resulted in this YA style fiction being very flat. The main character is in her thirties, yet acts and thinks like a teenager. There was no flow, just constant repetition. I had to force myself to finish.

mija333 Ive just started this, so far not a fan 2mo
Roxy26 @mija333 I found it a chore to read. So many glowing reviews though 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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MrsBibliophile
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I absolutely love the idea of a parallel universe, where we get to live all the lives we could ever imagine.
I want to be a writer.
And a Veterinarian.
And a soldier.
I want to fly airplanes.
I want to be a therapist.
I want to be a cowgirl.
And a vegan.
I want to live a million different lives... This is a beautiful story of redemption, forgiveness, and the courage to live. Fair warning, there is discussion of suicide.

📚📖Happy Reading!📖📚

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TheSpineView
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Eggs Great choice! 3mo
TheSpineView @Eggs 👍🤩📘 3mo
PageShifter This one I have read 🥳👍 3mo
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TheQuietQuill
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Panpan

I may be in the minority here, but this is one of my least favorite books that I‘ve read so far in 2022. I just felt bored and had no connection at all to any of the characters.I‘m starting to think that Matt Haig is not the author for me.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️

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brittanythebookdragon
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Pickpick

Trigger warnings which I‘m sure you can find a full list of elsewhere. Very thought provoking book. It‘s a heartbreaker for sure but it gets you thinking about your own life.

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Kitta
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Mehso-so

I can see what this book is trying to be, but it just missed the mark for me. Anything about suicide is going to be a complex subject to write about and I didn‘t like the way this played out in the end. This hasn‘t been my experience with depression and suicide. It seems to suggest that a text or message from someone can change someone‘s mind. Idk.

The premise was interesting and I liked the discussions of philosophy but overall disappointed.

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smx
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Pickpick

Starting this as my August book.
Lil late into the month...😊

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amartin73
Pickpick

One of the best books that I have read.

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Karisimo
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This #letterm was both an enjoyable read and an encouragement to me!

#AlphabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! (edited) 4mo
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melissajayne
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This is my favourite #letterm book. I recently reread it and while some of the stories were a bit long and maybe a little unnecessary, this time reading it, I got a lot more out of it, especially since going through breast cancer treatments this past year. #alphabetgame

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Andrew65
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Loved this book and the journey through the library books. A must read.

#ArtfulAugust #bookAboutBooks

@Eggs @AlwaysBeenALoverOfbooks

Eggs Oh yes good one👍🏼👏🏻 4mo
BooknerdsLife Love the author and his writings! 4mo
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ceci_
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Pickpick

Read it a second time in a month. Still can't put it into words, other than ... whatever didn't work out was never supposed to. The book puts all of your what ifs to rest. If you've read it, tell me how you processed it. I'd say this is definitely a must read. 🎁💝

#TheMidnightLibrary #MattHaig

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Mirazzles
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So I‘ve been listening to this one during my breaks at work or when I‘m alone in my office. I must say I wasn‘t expecting the beginning

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zenwldflwr
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TheBookWitchON Woot! 4mo
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janerzy
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Pickpick

Such a good read! And it reminded me of this -
“The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

In life, possibility is the basis of everything - every hope, every dream, every regret, every moment of living. 💜 And all the possibility is within us.

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MarshmallowAdventures
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Pickpick

Haig has a distinctive way of crafting prose to elicit examination of one‘s outlook on reality, and this novel is no exception. Although the ending is somewhat predictable the journey is pleasant and inspiring.

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Federoca
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Pickpick

A little but slow at the beginning and repetitive but I liked the end. Probably quite easy to guess but it was a nice read

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wideeyedreader
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Bailedbailed

This just depressed me, and I‘ve got enough of that without the book. So bail it is!

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BooksTattosCoffee
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Pickpick

One of my favorites!!

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abookdragonsretreat
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Pickpick

An absolutely phenomenonal story about finding the will to live and realising life has more meaning than you may realise. The pace was fast, the idea was captivating and the variations were interesting. I loved the development of Nora and how her perspective changed. Though the book was short, it packs a lot of emotion and I really liked the simplicity of it, especially the setting of the library. It had some good quotes and philosophical points.

KristiAhlers I loved this book. I read it last fall after my friend bought it for our road trip and inhaled it. Worth all the rave reviews I feel. 5mo
abookdragonsretreat @KristiAhlers Absolutely, I devoured it in 2 hours! 5mo
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melissajayne
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Pickpick

5⭐️ I really liked this book and my second reading of the book brought more out of the book and was more impactful to me. I suppose going through cancer treatments gives one a different perspective on one‘s life. #2022 #bookreview #bookstagram #contemporary #fiction #reread #bookclub #magicrealism

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melissajayne
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Am very glad I got a book done this week and am planning on reading everything for at least a little bit from each of the books above this week. #weeklyreport #bookreport #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Well done 🙌🏻🎉❣️ 5mo
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Line
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I just read the first few pages of "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig. I was going to wait a few days or more until I had finished another book and maybe even until I had finished two. But something made me take it down from the shelf and begin reading. I already enjoy it and I am looking forward to diving further into it.

Is this book on your #summerreadinglist as well?

#Summerreads #reading #currentlyreading #Themidnightlibrary #matthaig

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Patchshank
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Thank you so much @BookNAround. Everything is super great. I love the library card to "due" list. Such s cute idea.
I probably will visit The Midnight Library again. I've been going through some insane things these last few months. I think I just wasn't in the mood for it when I read it. I'm glad to have my own copy so I can go at my own pace. Thank you so much. ?

#LLSW @kgordon18 @rsteve388

Suet624 Harold is 💕💕💕 5mo
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SheilaChew
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Enjoying a cold drink on this warm afternoon.

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melissajayne
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#weeklyforecast

📚The Midnight Library is a book club read for my library book club meeting that is meeting for the first time since March 2020
📚Giver of Stars is for #lmpbc
📚Booth and Bluebird are library books that I want to finish and return
📚Still picking my way through A Promised Land
📚Would like to get The Duke and I also completed this week
📚Longbourn is for the #pemberlittens readalong

#bookreport
📚Finished The Paper Palace

Cinfhen Hurray for in person bookclub 🙌🏻😁 lots of good reads going on ~ enjoy 💚 5mo
melissajayne @Cinfhen I am so happy that one is starting again. Lots of good reads this coming week. 5mo
Line I bought "The Midnight Library" this week and it will be one of my next reads. Looking forward to it. 5mo
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Gladly
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Really fun and fascinating. I read it within a day. The stories of different lives really give you a lot to think about. Very entertaining and would be a fun movie. Some of the most beautiful words I've ever heard

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jennielyse
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Reading The Midnight Library was one of the most profound reading experiences I‘ve ever had. It spoke to me like no other book has. I felt seen as someone who‘s struggled with depression, suicidal ideation, and crippling regret for most of my adult life. Haig also perfectly and metaphorically illustrated what going through Dialectical Behavior Therapy has done for me in helping me want to build a life worth living.

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Andrea4
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Last night's view. First fire in new firepit while Jasper watched on from the nifty holes he's been digging himself ?
I enjoyed this 100% Haig has a way of writing that makes the obvious /mundane beautiful, poetic, and somehow like an "aha" moment all over again. Was it predictable? Sure, but if you know anything about Haig, it was bound to go the way it did.
This has me thinking about reincarnation vs/and parallel universes.

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marleed
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I almost forgot to post about this book. I first read it a year ago and reread this month for my IRL bookclub where I thought opinions may be varied. The negative opinions had the floor first, and it went downhill from there. I was only one of two who liked the book - and I liked it a lot. I think because for some years I was the person nearest someone wanting to die my perspective is different from the majority of my bookclub.

BkClubCare 🤗 5mo
PaperbackPirate My book club was divided too - I was on the love side! 5mo
marleed @PaperbackPirate I do enjoy our discussion when opinions about a book differ. Now I‘m going to pay more attention to how equally the differences divide. I think this was the first time my opinion was so outnumbered. But a few months back a member left the discussion as the sole dissent with her opinion of The Guncle. It‘s an interesting place to find oneself. 5mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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The beginning is very dark and the end is predictable but I couldn‘t put it down. It encourages the reader to live life to the fullest, keep trying and get a new perspective. I live by that philosophy; going to my own “library” and trying again many times. It‘s always enjoyable to read something that reinforces your own beliefs. BI Book Reports: https://www.bookinterrupted.com/episodes-podcast/episode/41c4baed/the-midnight-l...

Line I bought this this week and this is one of the next books I will be reading. 5mo
SarahBookInterrupted @Line you should read along with the podcast. We did 6 episodes about the book. We all chose a library in one of the episodes which was fun. You won‘t understand until you read the book. But, it was fun to think about. 5mo
Line I just began reading yesterday and already like it. I will be going to the beach to read a bit now. Okay, thank you! 5mo
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WaterVixxen
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I really loved this book. I‘ve seen mixed reviews, but I was really intrigued. Slow start, but then you start to get into the story. There are some really beautifully crafted sentences that really make you think. Because of my spirituality the premise of the story spoke to me. Additionally, as someone struggling with their mental health after losing their mother recently, lots of this spoke to my heart.

Smrloomis I‘m so sorry for your loss 🙏🏽💗 1mo
WaterVixxen Thank you 1mo
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