Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
“The only way to learn is to live.”
The midnight library is a place that exists between life and death. Here, you have the opportunity to experience first hand what your life could have been like, had you made different life choices. Each choice that you make creates a new book in the library which contains a new reality. The midnight library is a place where you get to test out these realities and choose which life would be the most fulfilling. Nora Seed enters this library and must choose which life she wants to live. However, with an infinite number of realities, the choice does not come easy. Nora must overcome her regrets and decide what makes a life truly worth living.
“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.”
I have already recommended this book to many of my friends and family because I was truly blown away by it. As I mentioned in the About Me section of my blog, I have struggled with depression for most of my life. The main character in The Midnight Library, Nora Seed, also has depression and has a difficult time finding the meaning in life. In this book, Matt Haig successfully displayed what it feels like to experience this mood disorder and shows how one of the strongest coping mechanisms is a new perspective. Matt Haig is also a best selling author of two other books about mental health including “How to Stop Time” and “Reasons to Stay Alive.”
“We only need to be one person. We only need to feel one existence. We don’t have to do everything in order to be everything, because we are already infinite. While we are alive we always contain a future of multifarious possibility.”
Throughout this book, you will find many elements of philosophy as well. There are quotes and references to many famous philosophers such as Thoreau, Plato, and Aristotle. If you are someone who likes asking questions and considering your role in the universe, you will love The Midnight Library. I have always been intrigued by the idea of a multiverse and enjoyed Matt Haig’s perception of what that would look like.
The ending of The Midnight Library was amazing. It encouraged me to live my life in a new way where I make decisions based on what would make me happy. It is easy to get swept up in trying to meet other people’s expectations and allowing our lives to revolve around money. This book is a great reminder to instead focus our energy on being happy in whatever form that takes. The ending of this book will leave you with a full heart and tears in your eyes.