Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This book needs no introduction. For what it’s worth, here’s my thoughts on it.


Between life and death there is a library…

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

The Midnight Library Book Cover


I love a good Matt Haig book but, truth be told, I usually much prefer his non-fiction stuff – hence why I’m reviewing this bestseller so late. However, I got caught up in the hype and decided to give The Midnight Library a go nevertheless. I wasn’t disappointed.

I have to point out that I listened to the audiobook read by Carey Mulligan. I believe this made all the difference and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the book as much without her docile tones bringing the characters to live.

Saying that, it’s still a great story no matter what format you choose. I just adored Norah and I’m sure that many readers will relate to her. Life can get tough but we can’t look back and keep wondering ‘what if?’ The only way is forward. Easier said than done, right? What I love most about The Midnight Library is that it shows us there is always a reason to go on, even if we can’t see it immediately. Plus, the author shows us this in a very un-preachy way, which I’m sure many people will appreciate.

I jumped on the bandwagon of The Midnight Library and I’m glad I did. This book will stay with me for a long time.

Pick up your copy here.

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