The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

Book - 2020
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When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Harper Avenue, [2020]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443455879
Branch Call Number: HAIG
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm


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May 06, 2021

The Midnight Library is one I would recommend to anyone struggling with regret. At the end of the book, I found my own perspective on a major regret I have in my own life shifted, through seeing Nora's journey of uncovering more nuances in her lives she is allowed to go back and experience. I would call this book good and not great, because I found it far-fetched the level of achievement she was able to attain in multiple lives. I also felt that the author too often came right out and stated things he was alluding to, which always makes me assume the author thinks their readers are stupid! It loses its impact and beauty when beaten to death. But I can honestly say this is the most uplifting book about attempted suicide I've ever read!

AuroraPL_Jodi May 05, 2021

This booked touched on a lot of places. As someone who consistently wonders about what would have been if I had done things differently, this book took those regrets and played them out in a interesting narrative. I wasn't sure about the social media sum up at the end but overall its about starting fresh, realizing your second chances and knowing you have unlimited potential.

May 04, 2021

It was an interesting and thought provoking book. I could've done without the global warming propaganda.

Apr 28, 2021

Michele rec

JCLHilaryS Apr 27, 2021

This was a struggle to get through. Completely heavy handed and transparent. It was so predictable that it was a relief to finish the book. An important topic, but honestly did not need to be lectured to by a book in such a transparent way, and did not find it meaningful. I did appreciate the Sci-Fi method of living alternate lives, which was its only saving grace.

ELPLNatalie Apr 27, 2021

It was a surprisingly quick read. I enjoyed it and thought the premise of the book was unique, but will be honest and say I wasn't completely blown away by this story. The author had a chance to dig deeper into the plot which could have made this story phenomenal instead of meh.

Apr 26, 2021

Never knew philosophical fiction was a thing, but I like it. I typically read non fiction and this is the first fiction book I’ve read in awhile. Although this felt kind of similar to a self-help book, it will be my gateway back into fiction.

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

"Between life & death there is a library..." This was a very interesting read about what happens when we're given the chance to rewrite our regrets and live all the possible lives we could ever imagine living.

Apr 26, 2021


Apr 25, 2021

This was an interesting book. It really made me think about my own life and how every little decision can change your life. In the end, I’d have to say I liked it.

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ellensix Dec 09, 2020

I'm feeling much better, generally," she lied. "It's not clinical. The doctor says it's situational depression. It's just that I keep on having new... situations."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Every book is a potential escape."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges, whether you want it to or not, and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don't give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. Keep your head down. Keep your stamina. Keep swimming."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"The rook is my favorite piece. It's the one that you think you don't have to watch out for. It is straightforward. You keep your eye on the queen, and the knights, and the bishop, because they are the sneaky ones. But it's the rook that often gets you. The straightforward is never quite what it seems."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Never underestimate the big importance of small things...You must always remember that."


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LoganLib_Kylie Apr 27, 2021

Other: Trigger warning for suicide and death of a pet.

Feb 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Trigger warning for suicide

Jan 26, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A cat dies at the beginning of the novel and people who are uncomfortable with death may also be worried about the idea of parents dying. Sensitive groups such as those who become triggered by the loss of parents should also take caution.

Jan 26, 2021

Coarse Language: In some parts of the book, Nora seed tends to swear a little but nothing severe

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Jan 26, 2021

Brina_1704 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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