The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 9,020 Ratings


The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year

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

The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.

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 blockbuster 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.


  • You Are Alive

    By Spy Life
    By reading this review, you possess the ultimate power: breath in your lungs, which signifies potential. Potential begets hope, and hope leads to taking small steps. As those steps accumulate, you embark on an adventure. This book encapsulates that spirit with the word "hope" and captivates you from beginning to end with its creativity and entertainment value. You may even shed a tear along the way, as we all have a bit of Nora within us. Thank you, Matt, for writing this book and reminding me of the gift of being alive.
  • What a great read thank you

    By bubbkat
    Inspiring, great flow to his writing, a simple story that takes you everywhere with a meaningful message
  • An Interesting Read

    By Connor Bruton
    This book was littered with philosophy, which I love. Thanks to this book, I could reflect on my regrets and understand that decisions I wish I had made could have unintended negative consequences. Nora is an admirable character who I can't help but root for. My only criticism of this book is that it was predictable toward the end. However, I did appreciate how fun this book was to read; it occasionally read like the script for a movie. I recommend this book to anyone trying to find their purpose in life.
  • The Midnight Library

    By H Albright
    I was completely consumed by this book, couldn’t put it down!
  • Loved this book!

    By Bunbun36
    Couldn’t put it down!!
  • Ok but not great

    By E1119
    Easy simple read but not much depth. It didn’t really feel like there was enough character development throughout. The secondary characters all felt kind of pointless and superfluous to the overall storyline; particularly the main character’s brother’s best friend. His role in the story just seems so unclear and his presence throughout the story seems pointless. For a book that covers such deep issues (death, depression, low self-esteem, etc.), the tone and progression of the story just felt too overly simplified. Also-even though the ending isn’t tragic, the whole book itself is kind of depressing…It just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I’m a bit surprised by all the hype behind this book.
  • Beautifully written and inspiring

    By indescribable haughty[arrogance]
    I got this as a beach read and it ended up being so much more. This story is one that puts living into a prospective I wasn’t expecting. Read it and read it now!
  • A great read!

    By Adam L. B.
    Just awesome!
  • Midnight Library

    By Deno 39
    I read a lot, and most of the time, I can’t remember what I read the next day. I won’t ever forget this book. I will always take this book with me through the days of my life. Stick it out and you won’t regret it.
  • Great writing but boring story

    By Gregoriofreebee
    I felt like I read Groundhog Day with the butterfly effect. The story just seemed to replay itself but in different order. In my opinion, the writing was excellent, but the story dragged. I found myself wanting to skip to the end, so I could see how it ended.