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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
January 11, 2021

January 2021

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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Brief explanation of rating

A timely piece exploring the idea of "what might have been" in a person's life had they made different choices. The main character, Nora, starts out as someone you probably won't relate to, making the severity of her choice seem selfish. However, once she begins exploring the lives she might have had, the reader sees her for the complex, unique, flawed person that she is. A great story that begs the question -- if you could do things differently given the chance, would you?

Discussion Questions

1. What do you think of the concept of the Midnight Library? That every choice we make leads to a completely different life we might have led? And that these lives are recorded or happening somewhere?

2. Nora realizes that her life may not be perfect, or anything like what she imagined, but it is hers. Do you think you would come to the same realization?

3. Is there ANYTHING in your life you would 110% take back if you could?

4. Who was your favorite secondary character? Why?

5. Which of Nora's lives did you like reading about the best? Why?

Something Interesting...

Matt Haig is an active Twitter user, and he recently posted:


"The podcast I am planning is based around lines that help me. Each episode would be centered around one quote - from stoic philosophy or Hamlet or The Wizard of Oz or wherever - and then exploring the power of that quote, that line, as a means of reframing a whole mindset."


We say go for it, Matt! This sounds AMAZING!

Follow him on social media for more news on this project -- Matt Haig Twitter

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