What I’m Reading Right Now

As Melbourne enters yet another lockdown I feel the bookshelves will be once again put to good use. Here’s one I read earlier …

The Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

What I'm Reading: The Midnight Library
Books piled onto a bookshelf.

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this one but had noticed all the hype so I thought I’d have a look for myself.    The Midnight Library is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m now curious to read more of his work.  I first heard of Matt Haig when he was interviewed by Fearne Cotton on the Happy Place podcast.  He had a fascinating personal story to tell.  He suffered a mental breakdown in his early twenties and had been close to taking his own life.  Some of his work is inspired by this mental breakdown and I got the sense when I heard him speak that he has a great deal of empathy for the human condition.  This certainly comes through in this novel.

The Midnight Library is a beautifully written story of a young woman called Nora Seed.  Unhappy with the choices she has made in life, she tries to kill herself and finds herself in the Midnight Library.  

“Between life and death there is a library”, she said. “And within that library, the shelves go on for ever.  Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived.  To see how things would be if you had to make other choices … Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

How many of us often think, ‘I wonder what life would have been like if I hadn’t done this?’, ‘If I hadn’t taken that job?’, ‘If I had turned left instead of right’, ‘If I had arrived 5 minutes earlier?’ …

This is such a thought-provoking read and an absolute page-turner.  It has now sold over 2 million copies.  Check it out for yourself on Amazon UK or Amazon Australia.  

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2 Responses

  1. Zoe McConville says:

    I can’t wait to nick this book from you! xx

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