The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig

  • Publication Date: 2020-09-29
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 592 Ratings)



New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!

"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.


  • Lovely

    By Whitmben
    Such a lovely heartwarming tale at a time when it’s most needed 🤍
  • Beautiful story!

    By Casterwill_
    Really makes you think about what’s really important!
  • Regret...

    By Joanou
    It’s nice. Sweet. Has interesting observations about regret and a life not lived. But is also somewhat episodic and runs out of steam. A good light read.
  • No regrets

    By Brunetta4u
    Such a wonderfully hopeful book in these downtrodden times. From life lessons and philosophical phrases to travel will learn so much from this book.
  • Beautiful

    By LeighHugs
    For anyone who has ever struggled with despair or regret, or who is trying to understand the inner world of someone who is, and how you might help them - this book is for you.
  • Book club book

    By EldridgeJ
    If you’re looking for a light read with a heavy subject matter for your next book club book then this is it. A story told within one book; you will find yourself pondering the meaning of your relationships in your life and their impact or importance relative to your own value. While you may be able to guess early on how a story like this will turn out, it’s definitely about the journey rather than the ending.
  • It’s A Wonderful Life For The Modern Age

    By gdub2019
    Great read for the holidays. Reminds you life has to be lived, no matter the obstacles you face.
  • Great Read!!

    By DJH1950
    Brilliantly imagined and written. An incredible journey of discovery about oneself.
  • A little disappointing

    By Get the Houston Opera Company recording instead
    Strong start with very accurate description of how disappointing one’s life can become. And interesting fantasy solution. However, I feel that the metaphor went on for too long and had no resolution. No definite observations on the reality of living one life with perspective, or without regrets, especially for lonely singular lives that some of us find inescapable. Just sayin....
  • Outstanding! 🤩

    By RenellaG
    Absolutely loved this book! Probably the best book I’ve read this year!