The Midnight LibraryBook Club Kit - 2020
From Library Staff
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. 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 y... Read More »
"I love a good alternate realities kind of vibe (ala 'Sliding Doors') and this one definitely delivered."
Good Morning America Book Club
OPL_RubyJ Oct 01, 2020
A great "it's a wonderful life" moral about embracing life with all its regrets and mistakes. After Nora makes the decision to commit suicide, she is transported to a magical library where each book is another Nora in another dimension. She is given the opportunity to find her "per... Read More »
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I'm feeling much better, generally," she lied. "It's not clinical. The doctor says it's situational depression. It's just that I keep on having new... situations."
"We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
"Every book is a potential escape."
"When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and latitudes...it is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges, whether you want it to or not, and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock."
"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don't give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. Keep your head down. Keep your stamina. Keep swimming."
"The rook is my favorite piece. It's the one that you think you don't have to watch out for. It is straightforward. You keep your eye on the queen, and the knights, and the bishop, because they are the sneaky ones. But it's the rook that often gets you. The straightforward is never quite what it seems."
"Never underestimate the big importance of small things...You must always remember that."
Frightening or Intense Scenes: A cat dies at the beginning of the novel and people who are uncomfortable with death may also be worried about the idea of parents dying. Sensitive groups such as those who become triggered by the loss of parents should also take caution.
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