The Midnight Library
I absolutely loved this book about a young woman named Nora Seed who decides to take an overdose when all in her life seems too agonizing to bear. Instead of dying, Nora is transported to an infinite library where time has stopped, and she can review a list of her many painful regrets. The library is filled with books that enable Nora to experience, in person, how her life would have turned out had she made different choices. An elderly librarian named Mrs. Elm who once provided advice and comfort in her real life shows up to help guide Nora through Midnight Library protocol and provide reassurance that Nora is up to the task of choosing a new life.
The Midnight Library reads like a middle school novel, but offers some very profound wisdom about regrets, perseverance, and the value of loving relationships.
I was riveted from the start and enjoyed every page. The ending is very sweet and satisfying. I must admit that I don't often read books by male authors, especially when they are writing about women, but Matt Haig writes sensitively about his female protagonist, so I recommend this book heartily. It's a great read for this season of gratitude!
Hardcover 304 pages, Audiobook 8 hours and 50 minutes. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 on Good Reads Ripe Reads Group.