The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 2,043 Ratings


"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post 

New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!

"Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?" 

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

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.


  • Catches you from the start

    By PainterSam
    This book catches you from the start. It gets emotionally real right away. You’re immediately at the point when you think— Oh this might be too deep and too sad, but the funny and witty character it grabs you. I loved this unexpected journey.
  • Beautiful beautiful and needed during these times.

    By sheatethecookie
    This book echoed so many familiar feelings inside of me. It gave me so much hope and I just enjoyed it so much.
  • Pretty good

    By rrtthh
    Starts out a little predictable but ends with a good message—-Live in the moment.
  • Thoughtful, adventurous, and humble

    By Nicholas A. Kelly
    Great read, especially if feeling down or unsure about the direction you chose in life. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
  • A page turner

    By Fastprof
    Such a well done alternate universe/infinite possibilities novel. It is chock-full of dilemmas and resolutions. I loved it.
  • Great Read!

    By Andersson 🤔
    Wow incredible book. I was skeptical from the description, but ultimately decided to try it and it’s now one of my favorite books!
  • Beautiful Book

    By Alfreda G
    I loved this book. It is so refreshingly different. I have seen criticisms that say anyone could have written it and that it’s predictable. I so disagree. The whole premise of the book is that no one is just anyone. And predictability can be the best thing life has to offer. This book is not only entertaining but chock full of “life-isms” that are nothing short of profound. I found myself so drawn to this book just to find out where Nora ends up next. I have kind of become a “Nora” due to the pandemic and this book helped take me out if that for a time. This is a story written by a true storyteller. Matt Haig has spent some serious time thinking of the possibilities and all I can say is “wow”.
  • Top 5 books I’ve read

    By AJG92
    This book is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and managed to finish it in 3 days. A great read about life and the many lessons and choices we have.
  • Great Book!

    By STP7771437
    Absolutely Uplifting! I needed this ♥️
  • poorly executed

    By Starrmonkeh
    very exciting premise with a strong beginning but everything that followed was poorly executed — juvenile writing style, plot gets repetitive, the “lessons” are obvious