A Very Short Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A Very Short Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


This is a very short book review on the book titled The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.


What is it about?

The Midnight Library follows the life of Nora Seed–a depressed woman who feels like she no longer has anything left to live for. After a series of events, with her cat’s death being the catalyst, Nora decided that the world no longer has a need for her and that she would be better off dead. Her decision for suicide brought her to the Midnight Library, where the clock stays at midnight, and Nora was given another chance to sample all lives that she could have had, in the hopes to find the one that she really wanted.


How I Discovered It

To be honest, I am not quite sure. The Midnight Library just has been one of those books that I kept hearing about while I was frequenting Goodreads to update my reading progress. At this point, I could probably even say that this book has been talked about so much that I have been subliminally marketed to buy it. But really–if it were a subliminal marketing tactic–it’s a bloody good one.



I enjoyed it. While it didn’t blow the beans out of my English breakfast, it is still a very decent read and it brought a very interesting idea to the table. Despite The Midnight Library tackling a subject that is very delicate as such of self-harm/suicidal thoughts/depression, I think the author Matt Haig presented it in a very approachable way that is still relatable to the general public but also taught us something in return. The Midnight Library definitely gave me a slight shift in my perspective on life, which is that at the end of the day, our successes, fame, and glory mean nothing if we don’t have people to share them with. In the world of instant gratification and ever-dividing stances on just about everything, relationships matter. It is really important to cultivate and prioritize relationships in our lives.


Who would like it?

This book is suitable for the general public as it tackles the topic of depression and suicide in a very delicate yet creative way. I personally would also gift this book to those who are going through a hard time mentally in life.


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My Top 3 Quotes

  1. “When you have worries about things you don’t know, like the future, it’s a very good idea to remind yourself of the things you do know.”

  2.  “When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse of the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and latitudes. Just as it is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person.”

  3. “We don’t have to play every game to know what winning feels like. We don’t have to hear every piece of music in the world to understand music. We don’t have to have tried every variety of grape from every vineyard to know the pleasure of wine. Love and laughter and fear and pain are universal currencies.”



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