The Midnight Library was a fantastic read & a great reminder about what to prioritize in life. For a quick summary, the story centers around Nora, a woman in her 30’s who feels dejected by most of the people in her life, and feels woefully inadequate and isn’t sure if she has turned down several possible promising trajectories her life could have taken based on her particular hobbies and studies. At some point, she finds herself in the Midnight Library, which allows her to see what would have happened in life if she had followed those other paths, and even some more mundane choices she could have made. I believe that the book’s goal is to point out to us that we can question “what if I had done it this way?” for the rest of our lives, but if we aren’t content to live in the present moment, and create and nurture our most important relationships, life isn’t worth living.
Anyway, the story was interesting and engaging and certainly worth the read. For me, it served as a reminder to reach out to those who I hadn’t spoken to in a while, show my deep appreciation for those I love and that care for me, and also a reminder to really put in the effort to understand where someone else is coming from instead of allowing myself to just react to their actions. And the biggest one of all, it reminded me to SPEAK UP when I am uncomfortable, or unhappy with the way someone is treating me. A lot of times the other person just doesn’t know they are doing it, and the relationship suffers because I am unhappy and haven’t said anything.
Another common theme is to be kind to yourself. There may be circumstances you can’t control, but it doesn’t mean you are a bad person. I thought the book had a lot of positive messages, even if the undercurrent was a bit dark (TW: it does contain suicide).
Check it out if you are interested!
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