The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 3,275 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.


  • Amazing, captivating story with a strong moral

    By mrwafflestoes
    This book had my attention from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. Matt Haig has a talent for holding onto the reader’s attention, and for storytelling as a whole. The book had me laughing, tearing up, rolling my eyes on a couple occasions, but all around: it had me feeling. I definitely recommend this to every type of reader.
  • A bit dull.

    By thetinytowerfandom
    This story is mostly a series of anecdotes essentially, making it hard to keep up with and even care about any of the MANY characters introduced, seeing as they came and went with each chapter. I see the hopeful message trying to be portrayed here (how could I not when it’s literally written out for you very clearly, no thinking involved), but I wouldn’t recommend this book.
  • This book was phenomenal

    By I ain't got a set of wheels
    I think it might have saved my life. I was prepared to die at the same time as I was reading the last few chapters. When I got to nora’s realization and final decision...I couldn’t stop crying because it echoed so closely to my life.
  • Wow

    By Stu197375
    Wow! That was good.
  • Dopamine inducing read

    By abigailllc
    This book was quite enjoyable, especially on a hot summer day. It gave me a reminder to see the possibility in my own life. The big things and smaller things, and to be supportive of myself and the people I love in my life. I especially enjoyed the way the author looked into mental illness through this book, with empathy and honesty rather than a fixation on the problems it spurs. Reading about Nora’s struggles and triumphs made me feel so emotional. A great and uplifting read!
  • Just. Read. This. Book.

    By whatseasaw
    It’s a masterpiece. It’s beautiful. It’s thought provoking. It’s a must read for any teenage struggling with mental health issues and it’s a must read for parents. It’s a must read for anyone really who just wonders if they’re in the right place at the right time making the right choices. Couldn’t put it down.
  • We all have a story

    By La La Lynda
    Sweet optimistic story. Life is always a matter of perspective! 🥰
  • Amazing!

    By Scrappinchic
    This is a thought provoking book that also has such a great story! It makes you wonder what your regrets are and how life could be different. Yet reminds you that any life can be changed if you want it bad enough. So good!
  • Great premise and story

    By Read alot Kelley
    Something different, unique, interesting, enlightening. Not too verbose. Succinct. Pick it up and enjoy.
  • Loved it

    By rodagodson
    Well written book that left me questioning myself and everything moving forward. Great read