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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

Large Print - 2021 | Large print edition
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"'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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2021
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432883614
1432883615
Branch Call Number: LP HAIG-M
Characteristics: 441 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
large print
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jenna_brost
May 14, 2021

If you read through the various comments, you’ll see that “The Midnight Library” has mixed reviews. I can agree with both the praise and critiques, but ultimately, when I finished the book, I felt glad to have read it and wanted to talk about it with someone. This book has such a unique premise and is greatly thought provoking. If we could go back and change a decision, what would life look like? Would we be happier in another version of our life? Although the plot was far-fetched and a little repetitive, it was clever and enjoyable. Its message is one that we can all glean from: perspective is everything and life is worth living.

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JWC214
May 13, 2021

Noticing the large number of comments and the diversity of ratings, maybe this would be a good book club choice and elicit much discussion. I thought the writing was average; the classification as SciFi was silly; the number of possible lives explored way too many and not much in the way of character growth. My favorite character was Mrs. Elm. It definitely deserves an average rating, nothing more, maybe nothing less.

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21221018293347
May 12, 2021

I couldn't feel compassion for the main character. The day by day, hour by hour, count down to her suicide put me off. Not my cup of tea.

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alphababy
May 12, 2021

Writing was on a 5th grade level, no character development, predictable plot, boring... I have no idea how this ended up so many lists of people loving it. Unlikable main character. It was a quick read, and I thought for a few moments it was going to get interesting, but it did not.

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Bookworm1136
May 11, 2021

5 stars. Nora Seed is having a bad life. Things just don't seem to be working out. She has no one and her cat just died and she lost her job and she decides to kill herself. And when she wakes up, she's in the Midnight Library where her old librarian friend Mrs. Elms is there to show her the other lives she could have lived. Nora's other lives were so different, but she learned a lot from living them. This was a brilliant book. I loved it.

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LibrarianLaurie
May 10, 2021

This starts out really strong and I love the concept. However, there were some holes in how it all worked that were hard to get past. The last half, especially the ending, were very cliche. I'm convinced this getting hype simply because it has a library in it.

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tootiebooks99
May 08, 2021

Very interesting!

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joannapianna
May 06, 2021

The Midnight Library is one I would recommend to anyone struggling with regret. At the end of the book, I found my own perspective on a major regret I have in my own life shifted, through seeing Nora's journey of uncovering more nuances in her lives she is allowed to go back and experience. I would call this book good and not great, because I found it far-fetched the level of achievement she was able to attain in multiple lives. I also felt that the author too often came right out and stated things he was alluding to, which always makes me assume the author thinks their readers are stupid! It loses its impact and beauty when beaten to death. But I can honestly say this is the most uplifting book about attempted suicide I've ever read!

AuroraPL_Jodi May 05, 2021

This booked touched on a lot of places. As someone who consistently wonders about what would have been if I had done things differently, this book took those regrets and played them out in a interesting narrative. I wasn't sure about the social media sum up at the end but overall its about starting fresh, realizing your second chances and knowing you have unlimited potential.

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tonyshaw_
May 04, 2021

It was an interesting and thought provoking book. I could've done without the global warming propaganda.

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ellensix Dec 09, 2020

I'm feeling much better, generally," she lied. "It's not clinical. The doctor says it's situational depression. It's just that I keep on having new... situations."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Every book is a potential escape."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and latitudes...it is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges, whether you want it to or not, and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don't give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. Keep your head down. Keep your stamina. Keep swimming."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"The rook is my favorite piece. It's the one that you think you don't have to watch out for. It is straightforward. You keep your eye on the queen, and the knights, and the bishop, because they are the sneaky ones. But it's the rook that often gets you. The straightforward is never quite what it seems."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Never underestimate the big importance of small things...You must always remember that."

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LoganLib_Kylie Apr 27, 2021

Other: Trigger warning for suicide and death of a pet.

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aejinnie
Feb 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Trigger warning for suicide

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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A cat dies at the beginning of the novel and people who are uncomfortable with death may also be worried about the idea of parents dying. Sensitive groups such as those who become triggered by the loss of parents should also take caution.

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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Coarse Language: In some parts of the book, Nora seed tends to swear a little but nothing severe

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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Brina_1704 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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