The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 5,260 Ratings


The 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.


  • A must

    By chloeeharris
    Y’all.. so good. I promise you won’t regret
  • A bit boring and some nagging plot holes

    By Valkorie
    I wish it was deeper, and not by just listing out philosophers and some well know quotes. The book had to explain the logic too many times, and each time seemed like it would refute the time before. Example spoilers ahead: When she was in the rock band why didn’t she google herself as she “always had” a few chapters later? Every life she went back to her brother existed. How, when it was not the case that people existed in other lives? I read the whole thing, so that does mean something. But truly, it felt like there were one too many publisher edits the author had to put up with, or maybe vice versa.
  • A wonderful perspective

    By Brittybirdies
    I really enjoyed this book. I think it was wonderfully written and such an interesting way to see life, and to find gratitude.
  • A moment in time can be a life

    By mermzie
    A wonderful book to read anytime but at the start of a new year is poetic. At just the opening page I wanted to throw the book across the room. But alas I was reading on my phone app so I couldn’t. I went back to reading and had a most unusual journey. An additional gift this book offered me beyond a tremendous story is the excellent use of quotes. Thank you Matt. I hope I can return the favor.
  • Great Read

    By Mima1116745
    This book was great - an easy read that kept me constantly interested. Maybe a bit cliché but overall a lovely reminder of the importance of perspective.
  • Wow

    By Am I he only one?! (READ!)
    Such a beautifully written book, but not only was the writing beautiful, the storyline and the message has really changed the way I see life, i think it can do the same for others
  • In awe

    By Selina kik
    This book seemed intriguing from the preface alone. I just finished and I don’t know how to feel. It makes me want to cry of joy. It was a beautiful, poetic book. Everyone has gone through this stage of life and they need this book when they do. So many life lessons, raw realities and you don’t need any expectations. A beautiful story.
  • A Gift

    By BloodRN
    The book was a gift. I had no idea about the story and I didn’t read the cover. I loved it. Thought provoking and some was easily predictable. I still read it in a couple days during Christmas weekend. Well done! We
  • Simply breathtaking!

    By Dancer girl.
    I cried while reading this book. It is the best book to read I would say during the pandemic. So true for adult children for alcoholics and so important to understand that I am not alone. Would recommend this book to anyone. Breathtaking, sad, tragic and beautiful. And all true.
  • ✨Amazing✨

    By booklover ✨❤️
    Loved it 🥺❤️ I think it was a way to show all the people out there that there is hope if you can find it ❤️ such an amazing message The only thing I wanted though was for her to meet Hugo in her root life right before the book ended :/