A review by ebonyco
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


A quiet and unassuming read that explores the choices that we make and what could happen if we chose differently. I loved that this book centred on a library - what better setting could there be for a bibliophile?? This book was deeply metaphorical however I never felt that it was too ‘on the nose’ about the layered meanings behind the midnight library, the librarian and the books that filled the shelves. I always appreciate reading fiction that encourages me to reflect on hidden questions/meanings and Matt Haig leaves the reader with a rather profound one: are the many lives that we could’ve lived better than the one that we are living now? The many questions that this book led me to ponder, its leisurely pace and deeply reflective plot made this a wholly enjoyable read.