THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY BY MATT HAIG
Everyone regrets the decisions they make from time to time, regardless of their lives. These regrets are sometimes as superficial as “I wish I hadn’t done this”. However, sometimes we regret some experiences to the extent where we question life as an entirety, and equate all of our negative emotions to a single “wrong” decision. This is not a relevant point of view, in the sense that life isn’t a fallacious “slippery slope” where it is impossible to get up once you fall down. It is crucial to recognize every possible life, regardless of the choices we make, contain a certain amount of good and some amount of bad.
Ranked first in the best fictional books of 2020 on Goodreads, a platform with more than 90 million members and book reviews, The Midnight Library embodies all the possible lives of the regretful Nora Seed, and introduces them as books inside a library. While Nora, with the help of a familiar face, experiences what the Midnight Library has to offer to her; the readers understand how the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics can elaborate Nora’s choices. Additionally, the book tackles some philosophical concepts like what true happiness entails or whether a perfect life can be achieved or not.
What I like about this book is how apparent some psychological implicates of Nora’s choices are while she is characterized. I think this book appeals to a wide range of readers. Anyone who has ever dreamed of having a better life, even for once, has something to take away from this book.