The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Book Summary

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.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Book Reviews

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This book changed my perspective in so many ways on life. I found this book at the right time when all I’ve been feeling is sad and down on myself full of regrets of actions I haven’t taken in my life. Highly recommend this book!

I really enjoyed following Nora on her journey and was anxious to finish the book to see how it ends. All in all, am interesting and quick, easy read.

Enjoyed the realism of this book. It was an opportunity to enjoy where you are and what you have. Sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side.

Best book I’ve read in a long time. Comes along at a time life when it’s much needed. Most can relate to Nora and her life, some more then others. Written as if M. Haig knows the struggle as well. A most definite pick me up. Five stars!!!

To keep it brief, this is a book about the joy of life. If you want to feel better about your life, this would be a good idea for a read, and it’s not that long either. Take a look, it’s not that bad.

Got a little long winded at the end, like someone needed to increase the word count. Good story overall, fresh and inspiring.

Very predictable

Loved it. Original, powerful and memorable. A must read!

I couldn’t stop reading, Matt Haig wrote this perspective-changing book beautifully. Made me appreciate life a whole lot more, HIGHLY recommend

Beautiful.

There are so many thought provoking positive messages one can take away from this book that I’m not sure how one couldn’t like it. Perhaps they aren’t ready to look into their own book of regrets? Then again, I’m not sure anyone every is. I, for one, found myself sitting with its message for a while afterwards. It sent me musing about the decisions I’ve made, taking warm comfort in my current space in time and realizing my possibilities are still boundless. Read this book and gift yourself its message. You’ll be grateful you did.

.. within two pages after finishing the sample and buying the full book the story took a turn I wasn’t interested in. I read two more chapters (6 pages) then skipped to the final chapter. Might make a nice Hallmark movie but I can’t envision myself spending more than 90 minutes on this storyline. Too bad, because the writing style was enjoyable, just not the story.

Loved it. Wish the ending had been different, but I’ll just use my imagination. Highly recommend.

I absolutely loved this book - great characters and a message we all need. Fantastic in every way.

Such a great book reminding me that life is really about perspective.

I read this at a time when I was feeling really low. This story was told so beautifully. It gave me hope that everything was going to be ok!

I love this book because it fills me with so much hope and joy. It gets rid of my sorrow and sadness. It teaches me a great lesson!

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone

I couldn’t stop!!! Finished it in a day and a half (had to work and sleep in between). Loved it!!! Hope they make it into a movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. And like the Midnight Library, this book spoke to me when I needed it most. Lovely, engaging, thoughtful and fun.

This book gets it. The true meaning of life and success and failure. That our regrets do not truly have to be our regrets. Our life is not as miserable as it may seem on bad times or that not taking good opportunities has led us astray. Life is perspective and it’s about what we decide to do and what truly makes us happy. We shouldn’t worry about what could of been. This was a great story with an ultimately powerful message. Loved every page..

I hope there is a 2nd book so we can continue to enjoy this character!

Truly a beautiful book. I’d read 1000 times over. There were so many points in the book where I made weird audible noises of joy, excitement, and STRESS. 12/10 I loved it

It took a while to get into Nora, the main character, but she was so intriguing. Such a great story of discovering who you are and the messy process along the way. So many beautifully written thoughts, too. Almost like poetry!

As someone who struggles with mental health and has been in the position of wanting to just end everything, I found this a really beautiful book. I only took 1 star off because I felt the book seems to imply that taking medication for mental health means your life isn’t in a good place, and if your life is good you won’t need medication. I don’t agree with this implication. Many people need medication to have full, healthy lives, in fact for many medication is what helps make life worth living, and I don’t appreciate the negative connotation this book gives on that front. But other than that, I thought it was deeply moving and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Just what the doctor ordered! Fascinating, grounding, and ultimately life affirming. A story to savor.

Incredible read! Inspiring and kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen yet. I loved the lessons it tied in and a great reminder on the importance of perspective. I fell in love with the main character and really felt the author connected to the very human feelings of being lost, finding yourself and sticking to being yourself amongst the expectations of others. 11/10!

I understand that Matt is a very loved writer, but this story was not entertaining for me one bit until the very final chapter (and by then I had already correctly guessed the ending). I can see why young adults/teens would read this and feel deeply about it but I guess it’s meant for “feel-good-ness” not riveting experienceness. Not a bad book, but not a thrill either. Pushed through just to say I’d read it. But the ending was cute, I’ll give it that.

Loved this book. Such a creative story and beautiful read!

I needed this at this time in my life, no regrets reading this one

This book was everything I needed as a rising senior in college with no clue what life beyond will look like. It put my mind at ease with the knowledge that a life with love and dreams of your own is all anyone needs. I highly recommend it for anyone at such a crossroads.

Give this a chance. It begins slowly and depressingly but nudges you on and then rewards with an engaging adventure of experience and introspection. It left me slightly teary but smiling.

My counselor recommended this book to me during a period of deep depression and anxiety. I wasn’t sure why, but I’ve figured it out right away. It’s eye opening, thought provoking moments keep the reader turning pages. Highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially those questioning their existence.

loved it!

Meh

Simply wonderful! Imagination on steroids. Very strong messages that are told with such creative and seemingly heartfelt prose. It’ll make you stop and wonder about all of those “what ifs” you may have haunting you.

The old tv show is what this reminded me of. It was ok.

I’ve always had trouble finding books I would enjoy and then mustering up enough motivation to read them. This book was not only amazing to read but made me want to set time aside and finish it.

Took me awhile to get into it, but it’s such an interesting perspective, and very heart warming!

I think everyone should read this book. It truly gives you a new perspective on life - whatever yours looks like. Such a beautiful story and I could not put it down.

Helped me open my perspective more. I’ve been struggling with depression and it’s been helpful to allow myself feel emotions in a more connected and less alone way.

Modern day parable of the value of being present in your life, being alive, and living without regret for roads not taken.

Good idea, writing wasn’t good enough to elevate it

The book was an exciting read and well done and I did enjoy it. I could predict the ending, but even if I had this knowledge before I started the book, I would still have read it. It was a very uplifting message and I did enjoy the read. Made me hug my kids a little tighter and be grateful for the life I am living, so I am thankful for that!

I cared about the main character and liked the story of quantum physics.

This book is so good. The characters are amazing and the story is so rich. Highly recommend!

This was a hard one to make my mind up about. I just couldn’t seem to find a moment or reason to keep picking it up. The narrative style was too rushed and removed enough from the characters to make it hard to get into them. Waiting for the end, however, does bring in some redeeming value. The lessons and insights we pick up along the way are worth pocketing away for personal reflection on your own life. The way we arrive at these introspective moments is predictable in some ways and contrived in others. The library “scenes” were very fantastical, while the lives lived were material and tactile enough. The transitions between the two settings therefore felt disjointed and broke the flow of the whole book. Overall, I think there is a story within a story hear worth reading. It is not however about our protagonist. I believe the entire thing is an allegory about the experience of the reader. How we live out numerous lives across the pages of one book to another. How we can get pulled down and immersed in them to the point where we forget to appreciate and “live” our own lives.

Gives the reader the opportunity to look deep into themselves and see the beauty of it

Beautifully written, moving, funny, authentic, life-affirming and deeply personal. An intimate peek at what it truly is to be human in all it’s contradictions, challenges and simple truths. A truly wonderful book that I hope stays with me longer than the walls of the midnight library.

I loved this book. I think we all can feel defeated by the curveballs life throws us. And wonder about the what could’ve been’s. This book and life is all about perspective. And your choice to choose the perspective.

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I read this at a time when I was feeling really low. This story was told so beautifully. It gave me hope that everything was going to be ok!

I love this book because it fills me with so much hope and joy. It gets rid of my sorrow and sadness. It teaches me a great lesson!

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone

I couldn’t stop!!! Finished it in a day and a half (had to work and sleep in between). Loved it!!! Hope they make it into a movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. And like the Midnight Library, this book spoke to me when I needed it most. Lovely, engaging, thoughtful and fun.

This book gets it. The true meaning of life and success and failure. That our regrets do not truly have to be our regrets. Our life is not as miserable as it may seem on bad times or that not taking good opportunities has led us astray. Life is perspective and it’s about what we decide to do and what truly makes us happy. We shouldn’t worry about what could of been. This was a great story with an ultimately powerful message. Loved every page..

I hope there is a 2nd book so we can continue to enjoy this character!

Truly a beautiful book. I’d read 1000 times over. There were so many points in the book where I made weird audible noises of joy, excitement, and STRESS. 12/10 I loved it

It took a while to get into Nora, the main character, but she was so intriguing. Such a great story of discovering who you are and the messy process along the way. So many beautifully written thoughts, too. Almost like poetry!

As someone who struggles with mental health and has been in the position of wanting to just end everything, I found this a really beautiful book. I only took 1 star off because I felt the book seems to imply that taking medication for mental health means your life isn’t in a good place, and if your life is good you won’t need medication. I don’t agree with this implication. Many people need medication to have full, healthy lives, in fact for many medication is what helps make life worth living, and I don’t appreciate the negative connotation this book gives on that front. But other than that, I thought it was deeply moving and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Just what the doctor ordered! Fascinating, grounding, and ultimately life affirming. A story to savor.

Incredible read! Inspiring and kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen yet. I loved the lessons it tied in and a great reminder on the importance of perspective. I fell in love with the main character and really felt the author connected to the very human feelings of being lost, finding yourself and sticking to being yourself amongst the expectations of others. 11/10!

I understand that Matt is a very loved writer, but this story was not entertaining for me one bit until the very final chapter (and by then I had already correctly guessed the ending). I can see why young adults/teens would read this and feel deeply about it but I guess it’s meant for “feel-good-ness” not riveting experienceness. Not a bad book, but not a thrill either. Pushed through just to say I’d read it. But the ending was cute, I’ll give it that.

Loved this book. Such a creative story and beautiful read!

I needed this at this time in my life, no regrets reading this one

This book was everything I needed as a rising senior in college with no clue what life beyond will look like. It put my mind at ease with the knowledge that a life with love and dreams of your own is all anyone needs. I highly recommend it for anyone at such a crossroads.

Give this a chance. It begins slowly and depressingly but nudges you on and then rewards with an engaging adventure of experience and introspection. It left me slightly teary but smiling.

My counselor recommended this book to me during a period of deep depression and anxiety. I wasn’t sure why, but I’ve figured it out right away. It’s eye opening, thought provoking moments keep the reader turning pages. Highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially those questioning their existence.

loved it!

Meh

Simply wonderful! Imagination on steroids. Very strong messages that are told with such creative and seemingly heartfelt prose. It’ll make you stop and wonder about all of those “what ifs” you may have haunting you.

The old tv show is what this reminded me of. It was ok.

I’ve always had trouble finding books I would enjoy and then mustering up enough motivation to read them. This book was not only amazing to read but made me want to set time aside and finish it.

Took me awhile to get into it, but it’s such an interesting perspective, and very heart warming!

I think everyone should read this book. It truly gives you a new perspective on life - whatever yours looks like. Such a beautiful story and I could not put it down.

Helped me open my perspective more. I’ve been struggling with depression and it’s been helpful to allow myself feel emotions in a more connected and less alone way.

Modern day parable of the value of being present in your life, being alive, and living without regret for roads not taken.

Good idea, writing wasn’t good enough to elevate it

The book was an exciting read and well done and I did enjoy it. I could predict the ending, but even if I had this knowledge before I started the book, I would still have read it. It was a very uplifting message and I did enjoy the read. Made me hug my kids a little tighter and be grateful for the life I am living, so I am thankful for that!

I cared about the main character and liked the story of quantum physics.

This book is so good. The characters are amazing and the story is so rich. Highly recommend!

This was a hard one to make my mind up about. I just couldn’t seem to find a moment or reason to keep picking it up. The narrative style was too rushed and removed enough from the characters to make it hard to get into them. Waiting for the end, however, does bring in some redeeming value. The lessons and insights we pick up along the way are worth pocketing away for personal reflection on your own life. The way we arrive at these introspective moments is predictable in some ways and contrived in others. The library “scenes” were very fantastical, while the lives lived were material and tactile enough. The transitions between the two settings therefore felt disjointed and broke the flow of the whole book. Overall, I think there is a story within a story hear worth reading. It is not however about our protagonist. I believe the entire thing is an allegory about the experience of the reader. How we live out numerous lives across the pages of one book to another. How we can get pulled down and immersed in them to the point where we forget to appreciate and “live” our own lives.

Gives the reader the opportunity to look deep into themselves and see the beauty of it

Beautifully written, moving, funny, authentic, life-affirming and deeply personal. An intimate peek at what it truly is to be human in all it’s contradictions, challenges and simple truths. A truly wonderful book that I hope stays with me longer than the walls of the midnight library.

I loved this book. I think we all can feel defeated by the curveballs life throws us. And wonder about the what could’ve been’s. This book and life is all about perspective. And your choice to choose the perspective.

As with all too many novels authored by men and set to the perspective of a young woman, “The Midnight Library” is guilty of the perverse tendency of male authors to fixate on the sexuality of their characters. Sidestepping the root of the narrative— the argument for life— to regale Nora Seed’s escapades with a fellow timeline hopper marks the beginning of the muddled message within. This, along with the skin-deep origins of Nora’s sorrow, cloak The Library in the characteristic hue of “manic pixie dream girl.” While a few moments held their own (the polar bear and the ever-shifting tomes in particular), the decision to pander to a demographic of sad and predominantly female YA-guzzling netizens is an obvious cash grab. The premise of the story would be all the more effective if it felt genuine. I wish Haig had made the decision to deepen the sorrows of the protagonist in a jab at complexity, and wrote what he knew by choosing a male MC. If he had, the story could have been far more enjoyable, visceral, and real. Ultimately, this book left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully you switch it up with the next one, Matt, because this was a miss. :/

It’s beautiful when words compiled into a masterpiece of a novel changes the way you feel about your own self. I’ve always experienced depression and could easily relate to the endless desire to have a different experience. But I felt so empowered and in love with myself after reading Matt Haig’s story and I hope after reading this, you’ll feel that same sense of warmth for yourself too!

Captivating and easy to read view of life and how perspective changes everything

I guessed the ending before I even got half way through the book. The Midnight Library had the ending we all wanted and knew but still stands a deep rooted lesson we can all learn from. This is book would serve as a cozy bedtime read.

It was a great book that gives a different perspective on life and various outcomes. Great read to see life in a different lens.

This is a great book about the decisions you make in life and how they affect the others decisions after and how it can change your life

Wonderful book about life and regrets and always wondering what it.

An exceptional view of the choices we make in life and the consequences of those actions .. A little redundant towards the end . Overall very good

just, wow. i finished reading this book about ten minutes ago and my face is a blotchy mess, there’s a damp puddle on my sheets, and i’ve used up the last of my tissues (I mean that in the best way possible). The writing was witty, funny, depressing, and it was hard not to relate to the main character. I feel like most of us have imagined a different life where we made different decisions and entertained the thought of those choices. And i know we all have regrets. Matt Haig has took us all on a journey of what it means to live life, and it was just beautiful. As someone who’s still struggling with mental illness, this book means so much to me. It taught me that regret is an obstacle and oftentimes not important, and that no matter what, life is not and will never be easy, so making the most of the one you have is the best decision you can make for yourself. this book is a bestseller for a reason.

The first half was entertaining. Then it dragged for awhile and became predictable. Meaningful book though. Reminds me of the movie About Time.

This is a terrific book playing with the questions of “what if”. What if I am successful? What if I am loved? The story is great to follow and stay in tune, but the story can be a little flat. Fun to read but not impressive.

This book is entertaining, inspiring and so thought provoking! Thank you Matt Haig for writing this book!

I really enjoyed it. It was a great take on how we, as humans, handle regrets and the want of a different life.

This book was so relating to life and to keep pushing regardless of how you think your life would’ve ended, making another decision. I loved it. Definitely recommend!!!!

a beautiful story about all the possibilities a human could live, it was such a joy following nora’s journey exploring her different selves and finding the importance to keep on living. definitely recommend!

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About Matt Haig Wiki

Matt Haig (born 3 July 1975) is an English author and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre. Early life Haig was born on 3 July 1975 in Sheffield. He went on to study English and History at the University of Hull. Career Haig is the author of both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His work of non-fiction, Reasons to Stay Alive, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and was in the UK top 10 for 46 weeks. His bestselling children's novel, Father Christmas and Me, is currently being adapted for film, produced by Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures. His novels are often dark and quirky takes on family life. The Last Family in England retells Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 with the protagonists as dogs. His second novel Dead Fathers Club is based on Hamlet, telling the story of an introspective 11-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and the subsequent appearance o...

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