Book Review: The Midnight Library

This book has come highly recommended on multiple forums. It’s an easy read and fun.

Synopsis

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you made a different decision? This books allows you to explore that notion. It follows Nora, who is unhappy in her life. She finds herself at a library, where every book on the shelf explores her different lives – had she made a different decision. From a scientist to a rock star – it explores the good and the bad of that life.

Review

I cannot speak more highly about this book. I often find myself wondering what would have happened if… and this book gave the good and bad with all of those decisions. This book also helped me find peace with the loss of our cat, Miss Kitty. Miss Kitty was a rescue and her life before me wasn’t that great. When she passed suddenly, I wasn’t ready. I felt like I didn’t do enough to help her.

For those of you who don’t know, Miss Kitty passed away on April 15, 2021. Matt woke me up at 8 saying there was something wrong with her. I shot out of bed and she wasn’t acting right. She couldn’t move her back legs and her head was moving uncontrollably to the left. We assumed that she was choking on something and tried to perform the heimlik. We realized it wasn’t working and rushed her the emergency vet. This was still in Covid times and we weren’t able to go in with her while vet reviewed her. The vet called us while we waited in the car. Miss Kitty had a heart murmur and had a stroke. She was completely blind and while we could have had more time with her – it wouldn’t have been fair to her. We had to make the decision to put her down.

I adopted Miss Kitty back in 2007. I tricked her into coming into the house and found out she was pregnant. We took her to the vet and I planned on adopting her after she had her kittens. She was between 3-5 years old when I officially adopted her. At the time of her death, she was older. Around 17-20. She had a lot of anxiety and I didn’t take her to the vet frequently – to help her nerves. But when she passed, I blamed myself. I didn’t know she had a heart murmur.

Anyways, fast forward to reading this book. Nora also had a cat that passed away. The librarian told Nora that everyone has multiple lives, including her cat. It made me feel comforted in knowing that the life I provided Miss Kitty was the best book in Miss Kitty’s library.

I have never cried so hard after reading a book. 10 out of 10 – because it helps you realize that whatever the choices you’ve made – the life you have now is the right one.

Book Club

Everyone loved this book. This was a fun and easy read that reminded you not to take things for granted. Here are some discussion points:

  • What did you think of Nora’s different lives?
  • Do you think that everyone has a library?

This is a great book. I highly recommend it!

xo love kim

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