Okay, I know I say this a lot, but can you actually believe that it’s already October? To help ring in the fall season, our next My Book Pledge Featured Read is the perfect book to curl up with while snuggled into a cozy blanket and sipping on a nice hot drink.
If you’ve been a Savvy Reader for the last couple years, you will likely know that Matt Haig is one of my favourite authors of all-time. Over and over again I’ve gushed about how much I loved his novels The Humans and How to Stop Time, how powerful and truly important I think his memoir/self-help book Reasons to Stay Alive is, and how timely his non-fiction book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, is right now, and that’s not even mentioning his Father Christmas series or his numerous other works of fiction. Well, I am thrilled to officially be the one to announce that his newest novel, The Midnight Library, is this week’s My Book Pledge Featured Read! And, this may be bold of me say, but I think it might be his most powerful novel yet… Let’s get into the plot!
Nora Seed has had a bit of a rough go lately. Her life hasn’t exactly turned out the way she wanted it to, she feels like she’s squandered a number of opportunities, and she lives with more regrets than any one human could possibly bear. And, to top it all off, her cat just died. Feeling quite helpless, Nora decides she doesn’t want to live anymore, and tries to take her life…
…Only, she doesn’t exactly succeed. You see, between life and death, there is a magical library. Finding herself in the Midnight Library, she finally has a chance to make things right. Guided by an old friend, Nora discovers that each book in this seemingly library is a version of her life had she done things a little differently. Realizing she can now undo every decision she has ever made in her life, Nora is eager to jump in and rewrite her story. But, as fate would have it, the Midnight Library isn’t all it seems, and soon her choices place the library – and herself – in extreme danger.
It’s no surprise to seasoned readers that Matt Haig isn’t exactly a stranger to dealing with heavy subject matter, but the way he continuously manages to treat it with such delicacy, care, and optimism is so refreshing. The Midnight Library will make you feel every range of emotions from gut-busting laughter to ugly crying, and we love it so, so much. Like The Humans before it, this is a special little book that deserves to reach as many readers as it possibly can.
Have you read The Midnight Library yet, Savvy Readers? What did you think? What’s your favourite Matt Haig book? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!