The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
As I embarked on this new video series adventure of mine, I decided that I wanted to expand my reading possibilities and explore all kinds of genres. Where best to start than with Goodreads’ 2020 recommendations?
And that’s where I found The Midnight Library, a book I might not have normally noticed among online and physical bookshelves—and now I am glad that I did! Designated Goodreads’ novel of the year, this existential adventure was absolutely fascinating. A thrilling journey through time and space that leaves you questioning—or accepting—your own existence.
How many times have you wondered what it would like to have a “re-do” in life?
That’s exactly the kind of theme that this novel addresses: what if you could go back and change your mind; take the risk; say yes instead of no? What would life have looked like? Would it be exactly how you envisioned, or was there really a good reason for making the decision you made in “real life?”
At first, I didn’t think I could relate too much to the main character, Nora, whose life was on a downward spiral of depression, anxiety and utter despair. But as the book progressed, I saw our connection between regrets, what ifs and desires for do overs…in the end, coming to the same conclusion about life that she did.
Too many times, we look at life with regrets, and spend our time wasted on what could have been instead of appreciating what is.
I found myself identifying with questions, and then found epiphanies in the reveals. I certainly came away with a deeper appreciation of everything I have in life, including the “regretful” experiences.
Brilliantly written and thought provoking. If you have not read it yet, I highly suggest you add it to your reading list.
To hear more about my thoughts on Nora and how I connected to her, check out my video book review, Find Yourself in a Character:
To learn more about this week’s author, Matt Haig, you can find him here: http://www.matthaig.com/
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