The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,202 Ratings)


"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post 

New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!

"Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?" 

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

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 new 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.


  • Intriguing and thought provoking. A quick read with many twists and turns.

    By the steady reader
    Liked the creative look into the possibility of parallel universes. We all ask ourselves the question “what if...?”
  • Amazing!

    By fultzyyyy
    Love love love this book!! It was our book of the month for Book Club and I could not put it down. I love the twists and turns, on top of the deep life lessons it teaches along the way. It’s brilliant. Simply brilliant.
  • Loved this book, I loved the realizations made while exploring many different paths.

    By PaulaSev
    This book provided a very real perspective for whether one is struggling with where they are in their lives or not.
  • Enjoyable

    By #M4A
    A solidly entertaining book. It does begin to feel a bit repetitive, but it’s worth it.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By r.lauren27
  • Healing and Delightful!

    By Flomaton
    I am reading it again.
  • Beautiful life changing book

    By UberGinger
    This was by far the best book I have read a very long time. I am a different person because of my decision to read this amazing story.
  • Great read

    By highlander198
    Just makes you stop and reflect; have gratitude and perspective. Thoughtful and thought provoking. Loved it. Thank you🙏🏼
  • I Adore Nora

    By grace26785
    Absolutely beautiful. Uplifting, profound, and heartfelt. A stunning portrait of what it’s like to live with mental illness and fall into the depths of despair—and to climb out of them too. I am alive, indeed!
  • 👍🏼👏🏼

    By Amedina713
    A true masterpiece that gets the mind, body, and soul to drift into your own personal midnight library. I laughed, smiled, worried, and cried through out the entire book. In a way this book popped up on me at the start of a rough season in my life and not only had me think of the many possibilities of my own midnight library but brought me a bit of peace in a frustrating season, I pray comes to an end soon...... “you don’t have to understand life, you just have to live it” I AM ALIVE