From Goodreads: “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 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.“
This was such a fantastic audiobook, but the first time I tried the print version I didn’t like it at all. I actually started reading a NetGalley copy of this in May 2020, but had to put it down as I wasn’t in the right emotional state to read it. I’m so very glad I tried it again, as it’s turned out to be one of my favourite listens this year.
I could identify with aspects of Nora’s life, I’ve got regrets about my life, who doesn’t? I loved the library and Mrs Elm and following Nora on her journey to see which life she was suited to best. I would love to be able to try out different lives to see what might have happened.
As always with Matt Haig’s books there were life lessons in this book to do with social media, and how it’s sometimes a very lonely place instead of the great connector it’s claims to be. I enjoyed this aspect to his books and at times it reminded me of How To Stop Time.
Carey Mulligan brought the story and characters to life so perfectly, that I once I started listening I didn’t want to stop. I already loved her as a narrator and it was because she was reading this that I bought it.
I definitely recommend this on audio, especially if like me you couldn’t get into the print version, but still want to read it.