The Midnight Library – A book review

Hey Ya’ll,

You do not know much about me, do you? I live and work in a small rural town where I grew up. All my friends went to far away lands after graduation, but I decided to stay put because I love my town very much. Every nook and cranny has a story that reminds me of my grandpa, grandma, my pa and ma.

I teach at a local school and my kids mean everything to me. I hate summer vacations because that means I am away from my adopted family of kids and fellow teachers for several months. I pass my summer months waiting for school to start and tutor kids that needs help. I live a comfortable life all by myself and like my independence. My house is large enough for me and that is more than enough. I watch TV on weekends and catch up with neighbors when possible.

My sibling visits his extended family but usually skips a trip to my rural town because it is not connected by air. My mother was the first to leave her earthly life and left 8 siblings behind, none of whom I am not in touch with – it is a simple math equation with them – they do not care about me and I do not care about them. My dad left a sibling behind and that relationship lasted a season and died a natural death. So, here I am, all by myself, cozy, comfy and independent.

I do feel lonely at times and feel the need to have a heart to heart with someone. These are times when I distract myself with work or music or errands.

What you just read, my dear ones, is my life in a parallel universe. Have you heard of Schrodinger’s cat – the thought experiment and the principles of quantum physics that state – atoms or photons exist in multiple states that correspond with different possible outcomes and the possibilities , called superposition, do not commit to a definite state until they are observed. (Reference –

In a nutshell – this book is about how every choice you make leads you down a path that is unique to you. You can change your life by changing your choices, nothing is forever. My main takeaway is that one can never feel trapped, there is always a way out even in your deepest, darkest moments. The protagonist explores several lives she could have lived only to realize that no life is perfect.

The uber message is for people who do not see light at the end of the tunnel. Matt Haig says and I summarize – Nothing is perfect, problems are never insurmountable, life is a series of high – low moments and we just need to ride it all out. Matt Haig speaks from personal experience – he was at the brink of ending his own life but completely turned it around.

I highly recommend this book as a great way to start the new year with a fresh and positive attitude.

One thing you should know about me is that I am pretty firm with my ratings. I rate books at the half way point and it usually stays that way until the very end. This book The Midnight Library by Matt Haig was an exception. At mid point the rating was a 2.5/5 which later changed to 5/5.

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