Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

“There are patterns to life … Rhythms. It is so easy, while trapped in just the one life, to imagine that times of sadness or tragedy or failure or fear are a result of that particular existence. That it is a by-product of living a certain way, rather than simply living. I mean, it would have made things a lot easier if we understood there was no way of living that can immunise you against sadness. And that sadness is intrinsically part of the fabric of happiness. You can’t have one without the other. Of course, they come in different degrees and quantities. But there is no life where you can be in a state of sheer happiness for ever. And imagining there is just breeds more unhappiness in the life you’re in.”

Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Title: The Midnight Library
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Published: August 13th, 2020

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 4/4/2022 – 4/14/2022


This was beautiful. It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that’s made me stop and reevaluate my life in such a positive, hopeful light. I wish I had the right words to express all of the thoughts and feelings I had while reading. A book that will be staying with me for sure.


As I mentioned in my review, I wish I knew how to put my thoughts about this book into words. I feel as though I’m doing the story a disservice by keeping it brief.

This book really inspired me to take more chances in my life, but more importantly, helped me not to get discouraged when something I thought I wanted doesn’t work out. Once more I have to say that this story is going to stay with me.

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