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 2,327 Ratings)


"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post 

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.


  • Feel good

    By RLOMD
    This is a feel good book and just what I needed right now. It is hopeful. This book could be made into a movie easily.
  • Some great phrases, good story

    By TheNurseWhoReads
    I enjoyed this book. There were some noteworthy paragraphs and sentences I could apply to my life Almost something you could frame and Put on the wall. I think at times applying to all of us. Thought provoking story, maybe it’s just my present time Of life. I enjoyed the perspective.
  • Great read

    By tesberry
    Such a great read! I got consumed in it & it makes you think of life in a different life!
  • Midnight Library

    By chip1195
    I really liked this book! It put life into perspective for me. Very inspiring.
  • 10/10

    By srpalmore
    I used to enjoy reading so much but it has been YEARS since I last picked up a book. I’ve recently gone threw a bout of depression, and just last week during one of my “quiet” moments I felt the need to try to start again. I spent an hour searching for the perfect book, one that I hoped we keep my interest, and this without a doubt hit it out of the park. It makes you really think about your life, and puts it into a perception that you’ve probably never seen it in before. 10/10, 5 stars, I’m recommending to everyone.
  • Catches you from the start

    By PainterSam
    This book catches you from the start. It gets emotionally real right away. You’re immediately at the point when you think— Oh this might be too deep and too sad, but the funny and witty character it grabs you. I loved this unexpected journey.
  • Beautiful beautiful and needed during these times.

    By sheatethecookie
    This book echoed so many familiar feelings inside of me. It gave me so much hope and I just enjoyed it so much.
  • Pretty good

    By rrtthh
    Starts out a little predictable but ends with a good message—-Live in the moment.
  • Thoughtful, adventurous, and humble

    By Nicholas A. Kelly
    Great read, especially if feeling down or unsure about the direction you chose in life. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
  • A page turner

    By Fastprof
    Such a well done alternate universe/infinite possibilities novel. It is chock-full of dilemmas and resolutions. I loved it.