Do you ever pick up a book because it has a ton of hype, just to find it falls short of your expectations? I usually avoid popular books when they’re new releases for exactly this reason – but I made an exception for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I’ve seen it splashed all over blogs and bookstagram, and everyone seemed to be loving it.
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.
What I liked about this book:
- Interesting and unique concept
- Book was short
- The reflective quality of the book – from each life Nora took a different lesson
What I didn’t like about this book:
- Knowing so little about the main character made it hard to care about her
- Really couldn’t get into the story, the narrative was too scattered
- The main character came across as a bit whiny to me
- Book was over hyped for sure
- Some of the life lessons that Nora learned felt a bit forced
- Nora was also very judgmental of another character who was stuck in their own library, rubbed me the wrong way
I was definitely bummed about how overhyped I found The Midnight Library. It had a great concept, but the delivery was overall very meh. I hope others enjoy this book more than I did, but in the meantime, I don’t think I’ll be picking up another hyped book for a while. 3/5