My Highlights of The Midnight Library

Hello and welcome back to another post where I show my highlights for a book. You all know Matt Haig is one of my favourite authors and while he writes in both fiction and self-help genres. Almost all of his works centre around or have themes of mental health and anxiety. It’s actually a difficult topic to write about and an even trickier topic to write self-help books about but Haig manages to hit the mark every time. The Midnight Library is one of his more recent and one of my beloved books. It’s a book about a girl named Nora who commits suicide and finds herself in a huge library where every book is an alternate life she can live. A pretty interesting premise, right?

This book is written in the most beautiful and introspective manner possible and while I think I highlighted at least half the book (no kidding), here are some of my favourite quotes from it 🙂

My Highlights of The Midnight Library

“A person was like a city. You couldn’t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don’t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.”

“She had shrunk for him but he still hadn’t found the space he needed.”

“Want is an interesting word. It means lack. Sometimes if we fill the lack with something else the original want disappears entirely. Maybe you have a lack problem rather than a want problem.”

“Regrets don’t leave. They weren’t mosquito bites. They itch forever.”

“Life is strange. How we live it all at once. In a straight line. But really that’s not the whole picture. Because life isn’t simply made of the things we do, but the things we don’t do too.”

“There is no rejection, there is only redirection.”

“There are patterns to life… Rhythms. It is so easy, while trapped in just the one life, to imagine that times of sadness or tragedy or failure or fear are a result of that particular existence. That it is a by-product of living a certain way, rather than simply living.”

“Where there were books, there was always the temptation to open them.”

“You could be as honest as possible in life, but people only see the truth if it is close enough to their reality.”

“It is quite a revelation to discover that the place you wanted to escape to is the exact same place you escaped from. That the prison wasn’t the place, but the perspective.”

Related Post: My Highlights of Notes from a Nervous Planet

Did you like this post? I might post my highlights for some other books as well, so feel free to give me recommendations!

Do you read self-help books? If yes, which ones are your favourite?

8 thoughts on “My Highlights of The Midnight Library

  1. I love that book. I just read it last year. It just has so many different quotes. I have fogotten about a lot of them but I feel like it leaves a certain feeling behind, don’t you think?

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  2. I loved all of those highlights 💕
    I especially liked the last one, and the one about regrets. The book left me clueless at times, but the final message was a good one nonetheless; though i’d say you need a particularly good mental state going in, way more harsh than I expected..

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  3. This is a lovely post with some really insightful quotes! I love Matt Haig’s non fiction books but have yet to read any of his novels. The premise of The Midnight Library sounds so interesting though, I’ll definitely have to pick it up soon 📚❤️ X x x

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