Do you ever get the uneasy feeling that some books make you wait until the perfect moment in your life to read them?
For me, The Midnight Library was one of those books.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and so also a particularly appropriate time to share this recent read of mine.
“Sometimes just to say your own truth out loud is enough to find others like you.”
Nora Seed has exited her life. Only – she isn’t dead.
Between the land of the living and that of the dead, is a library. But not just any library. For Nora it’s a library of all the different lives she could have led, and could still choose to live. Each book contains a simultaneous life to the one she has just left – some changed only slightly, others almost beyond recognition – it all depends on the size of the decisions she made during that life.
The familiar Mrs Elm is the Librarian of The Midnight Library, and she offers Laura a choice – a chance to peruse any of the books and try out any of the lives. If she finds the correct version for her, she will seamlessly blend into her new chosen existence and, effectively, begin again.
That is, as long as she is able to make a choice before the clock, which is set to 00:00, moves a second…
But will Laura find the life for her before it’s too late? Or will she bring the Library crumbling down around her?
The Midnight Library is a positive, uplifting, life-altering and heartfelt read. Matt Haig’s intriguing narrative is full of timeless words of wisdom and explores a concept that many of us grapple with – that of the continual questioning of our lives themselves.
“You can choose choices but not outcomes.”
I know I’m a little late to the party – I’ve seen some wonderful reviews from fellow Booksellers, Book Bloggers and all-round book lovers. I am thrilled to now be able to count myself among their ranks and contribute to the championing of this simply beautiful, and important, book!
Inspired by Matt Haig’s inspirational outlook, I followed up this read with his non-fiction book Reasons to Stay Alive. I really can’t recommend it enough and am about to begin Notes on a Nervous Planet.
Have a lovely weekend and happy reading all 🙂