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What I’m Reading: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a magical masterpiece. Central to this story is a library, which alone makes it a must read in my “books” (see what I did there?). With a sprinkle of magic, some expertly drawn characters and beautiful words, I was hooked!

About the 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?

While I may not have faced the same demons as the main character, Nora, I was able to relate to the idea of ‘what if?’.

Through the magic of the Midnight Library Nora gets to experience her unrealised dreams and “alternative” lives. It leads to a powerful journey and exploration of “what is the perfect life?”.

Trigger warning: this book does deal with mental illness and suicide. While these are hefty themes I found that Haig managed them with a sensitive and deft hand, and I appreciated that it left the reader with a feeling of hope.

The Midnight Library is published by Canongate. Get the book from Amazon or Booktopia today.

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Kylie Fennell
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