The Midnight Library — Personal Sharing

R.chow
3 min readFeb 15, 2021
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This is a book about a girl finding what living is about as she is going through all the possible lives that she could live.

Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’ — excerpt from the book.

The Midnight Library written by Matt Haig is a thought-provoking book that will have you ponder “what does that mean…to me?” or have you feel “these are well put together words that describe what I have been feeling. very…true.” almost after reading every few paragraphs if not sentences. After walking through the book, and going back to review (my) highlighted notes, it is decided that I need to have a couple phrases from the book pasted somewhere in my surroundings such that I can look at every day as a reminder, as a comforting/encouraging passage.

The storyline of the book didn’t end when there is no next page; the scenes repeated itself as if there were a video recorder recording the scenes while reading through each sentences. The (deep) desire of not wanting to bypass the wisdom shared so touchingly from the book combined with the realization of not being able to lock these scenes into my long term memory leads to one card after another card of enthralling sentences and paragraphs.

Below are a few sentences that captivate me and hopefully those will aspire you wanting to pick up the book (The Midnight Library by Matt Haig) and savour each word.

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“I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life.”

“Every life contains many millions of decisions. Some big, some small. But every time one decision is taken over another, the outcomes differ. An irreversible variation occurs, which in turn leads to further variations.”

“The Only Way to Learn Is to Live”

“You can have everything and feel nothing.”

“she quoted Robert Frost. ‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — / I took the one less travelled by, / And that has made all the difference . . .”

There are so much more that I wish to share here but I believe you would like to find out on your own, enjoy the (movie) story, and gradually have your own appreciation of the book.

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