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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

Book - 2020
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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? Up until now Nora Seed's life has been full of misery. When she finds herself in the Midnight Library, she can now undo every decision she regrets. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, 2020
ISBN: 9780525559474
Branch Call Number: FIC HAIG 2020
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 18, 2021

Poetically lovely and relatable. Life is not all about happiness. We go through depression in life. We all handle it differently bc your life and life experiences are not the same as mine. Mental awareness & mental health needs to be talked about more often.
Good read.

JCLCherylMY Jun 17, 2021

What would a life be like if we could choose to live a storyline that we had previously rejected as viable. Is hindsight 20/20? Is the road we did not travel better?

Jun 12, 2021

Predictable ending. Watering down depression and anxiety to make it palatable, but probably why it’s a best seller. “Morals of story” felt forced and obvious, instead of cleverly included.

Jun 11, 2021

One of the best books I have read in some time. I really liked his style of writing and his insight into human nature.

Jun 07, 2021

I loved this book. It was different than what I normally read. The comments that said that it was predictable were true, but this didn't bother me at all. Also, I didn't mind the reminders life and the messages that the book made me think about. Read it, think about it, appreciate it.

Jun 07, 2021

A fun read but wouldn't re-read. It's touching and interesting to see how the protagonist slowly changes perspectives throughout each of the books, but it felt too far-fetched and I wasn't super interested in what would happen next.

Jun 05, 2021

This is a book about Nora Seed, her decisions and regrets in life. Getting more chances to get it right. It's a pinch of "Jumanji" but mostly "it's a Wonderful Life". Seemed predictable to me.

Jun 05, 2021

If Mitch Albom decided to mingle his heartfelt depth of reflective humanity in a collaboration with a gentle parallel universes sci-fi parable, the result *might* compete with "The Midnight Library:" a rare, compelling, light-hearted but profound experience for the reader. How would you live your life if given a chance to reconsider your regrets and decisions?

FPL_Lori Jun 02, 2021

Nora Seed has a plethora of regrets and often wonders what her life could have been if she had only made different choices along the way. "The Midnight Library" is a lovely fantasy novel that explores parallel universes and 'what might have been.' One thing you won't regret is reading this little gem.

Jun 01, 2021

Basically “It’s a Wonderful Life” but less heartfelt. The novel tries to tackle the large topic of depression and suicide with the subtlety of a Hallmark aphorism. In all fairness, it’s an easy read but nothing too compelling to recommend for others. (DNF: read about 1/2)

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ellensix Dec 09, 2020

I'm feeling much better, generally," she lied. "It's not clinical. The doctor says it's situational depression. It's just that I keep on having new... situations."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Every book is a potential escape."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges, whether you want it to or not, and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don't give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. Keep your head down. Keep your stamina. Keep swimming."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"The rook is my favorite piece. It's the one that you think you don't have to watch out for. It is straightforward. You keep your eye on the queen, and the knights, and the bishop, because they are the sneaky ones. But it's the rook that often gets you. The straightforward is never quite what it seems."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Never underestimate the big importance of small things...You must always remember that."


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LoganLib_Kylie Apr 27, 2021

Other: Trigger warning for suicide and death of a pet.

Feb 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Trigger warning for suicide

Jan 26, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A cat dies at the beginning of the novel and people who are uncomfortable with death may also be worried about the idea of parents dying. Sensitive groups such as those who become triggered by the loss of parents should also take caution.

Jan 26, 2021

Coarse Language: In some parts of the book, Nora seed tends to swear a little but nothing severe


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Jan 26, 2021

Brina_1704 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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