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The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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emmalouise1
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Wow what a book . I fell in love with this one from page 1 beautifully written ,having laughed and cried with Nora throughout her journey of the the midnight library I didn't want it to end 🥰 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

jb72 I really enjoyed that one too. 11m
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Shannon_McKinney
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“The only way to learn is to live.”
It started out a bit slow, and I was unsure if I was going to like it. By the end I would call it a “page turner.” I‘ve stayed up all night to get to the end. 4/5 🌟
Now let‘s hope I can catch a few hours of shut eye. 🤞🏼 #upallnight #hadtofinksh #pageturner

DivineDiana Now that‘s a great recommendation! On my TBR shelves. Will try to read this month! Hope you get some sleep!! 😊 (edited) 6h
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Kristel
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Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

The midnight library was my first book of 2022. It was a little slow in parts and I found it hard to connect with the main character but it has an interesting concept and overall lived up to the hype.

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BriannaT
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What if, between life and death, a library existed - full of books depicting lives you could have lived? Nora finds herself there, at the Midnight Library, after she decides she wants to die. The beginning was dark and a little triggering for me, but Nora‘s journey through her multiple lives became uplifting as she (and the reader) learns more about what it means to live a happy life.

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BriannaT
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The last book about a library I read was a little disappointing, so I‘m hoping this one lives up to the hype! I didn‘t realize this was also dealing with death, so picking this up after Through the Whispering Door makes me want to read something lighthearted next 😅

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peacegypsy
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings about this one. If you‘re trying to be selective, pick another. I listened to it via audio, and the premise is good but cliched, and I‘m just not sure I liked how she reached it.

Vansa I found this book absolutely terrible! It was fundamentally flawed-if she gets a chance at all her other alternatives, an Arctic researcher, for instance-wouldn't she land up in that universe, fully equipped to deal with it? Also, medication is very good for mental health issues-I don't agree at all with the writer's dismissal of medicine and therapy.The protagonist is really annoying,and this book reads like it's written by a child 2d
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Donna1980
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Mehso-so

Read this after several rave reviews. I can see why this book has struck a cord with so many and the theme of dealing with depression is dealt with sensitively. Parts of the book were uncomfortable to read and it definitely played on my emotions throughout. However as the book progressed and the main character‘s journey continued, I felt parts were rushed and the ending became quite predictable. I‘m sure many will disagree but i didn‘t love it.

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MatchlessMarie
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*nervously glances at pineapple and checked decorated everything* 😅 #NewYearWhoDis

MatchlessMarie I just realized that I am literally wearing pink pineapple socks while I was reading this hahaha 5d
KellyK 🤣😂🤣 5d
monalyisha I have the really convenient excuse of working in a Children‘s Library. 😅 5d
monalyisha Also, pretty sure I have the exact same socks as you, @MatchlessMarie! 5d
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MatchlessMarie
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You know you are off to a great start when this is the #epigraph #NewYearWhoDis

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m.emily
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Mehso-so

This book was good and It‘s A Wonderful Life -esque. I do think this book was a little overhyped but the writing style easy to follow and quality word choice. Suicidal woman written by men never reach me well.

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peacegypsy
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Another book about books, to some degree. Listening on audio.

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nikekay
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Finished reading on 11 January 2022.

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Freespirit
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Moments that I loved and some parts that I found a bit dull…but overall 3.5 🌟
What would you do differently if you could?
A library of opportunities to change.
#everydaylife #summerreads

CarolynM How are you Sally? Scary times 1w
Freespirit Hi Carolyn I am good. We are busy at work with increasing numbers of Covid patients, and staff shortages due to illness☹️I have avoided it so far but it is probably inevitable that we all get it! Wearing all that PPE is a pain! How are you going? Hope you are well. I partly blame our PM and premier for a lack of leadership!! @CarolynM 1w
CarolynM We are ok, getting our boosters on Tuesday - I've been on tenterhooks since Christmas about picking it up before then. I can't believe how the federal govt seems to be taken by surprise by every predictable consequence of their decisions. Thinking of you and your fellow health care workers💕 1w
Freespirit I agree totally. I feel like we‘ve had 2 years to watch what happened OS and plan for the best way to manage this virus. We could have been so organised!! Stay healthy @CarolynM 1w
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FantasyChick
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Mehso-so

Second #NYWD22 pick wasn't bad but I don't think it was for me. I love the idea but I got a bit bored fairly quickly.

I was going to go with the library picture for this but the chessboard just screamed at me! Plus it'll be easier to find another library later on than it will chess I think 🤣

#aestheticallymatched #bookspinbingo #newyearwhodis #jumpstart2022 @Clwojick @Lizpixie @TheAromaofBooks @monalyisha @MaleficentBookDragon

monalyisha I kind-of want her necklace…😍 2w
Lizpixie This was just on this side of a pick for me too👍 2w
TheAromaofBooks I'm really enjoying the way the #aestheticallymatched challenge means I look at pictures until one says “I'M THE ONE!“ 😂 2w
MaleficentBookDragon A lot of people only found this one so-so. I'm glad you liked A Lost Village though. 2w
Clwojick Agreed! I‘m super enjoying this challenge. Even more so than I thought I would! 😀😀😀😃 2w
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Kayla.Adriena
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At times I felt iffy on this book, it rather reminds me of Dark Matter but less actiony; which I prefer. And then toward the end it broke my heart for the MC which made me mad at the author 💔 But then the point of the whole book can be applicable for all of us! And I really liked that. Side note and maybe it's just me but I felt like the author dissed anti depressants a few times

wanderinglynn Love your pillow! 😍 2w
TrishB The author does have a history with depression and mental health. Maybe anti depressants weren‘t helpful for him?🤷‍♀️ 2w
Kayla.Adriena @wanderinglynn thank you! Got it at Marshalls once upon a time 2w
Kayla.Adriena @TrishB he didn't blatantly trash them , I just felt like bad lives = required meds; the "ideal life" she wasn't on them. Sometimes meds get a bad rep like a person is lesser for taking them but they can be so beneficial! I do think the author is very smart and intuitive however , maybe I'm just sensitive ?‍♀️ 2w
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

This is kind of a cross between It's a Wonderful Life, The Alchemist, and Groundhog Day, adapted for the Hallmark Channel. It's a nice message, but it's not remotely subtle. I would have been much happier if Haig hadn't brought in quantum physics (eye roll) and if the narrator of the audiobook hadn't pronounced La Jolla with a hard J. Still, I like thinking about the ideas here even if the delivery is a little too saccharine for me.

ImperfectCJ A second for #nywd22. Despite an execution that isn't really my style, I enjoyed the ideas in this one. Thanks for the recommendation, @sblbooks ! I have one more from your list that I plan to read this month. Hopefully I can get to it before work and stuff ramps up to full speed in a week or so! @monalyisha 2w
vlwelser I wasn't wild about this one either. But I really like your puzzle! 2w
ImperfectCJ @vlwelser Thanks! The puzzle was a beast, but so satisfying! I worked on it while watching all of Stranger Things season three and then finished it while listening to this book. I love puzzles but try not to do them often because I become consumed until I finish them, which isn't great for my sleep, my relationships, or my neck and back! 2w
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Andrea4 I love this series of puzzles! 2w
monalyisha You‘re knocking this out so quickly, @ImperfectCJ! I actually felt the same way about this one…but I loved The Humans by the same author. Funny that ML is the one that‘s captured the reading public‘s attention! 2w
ImperfectCJ @monalyisha Ooh! Thanks for the recommendation! The Humans looks like it might be interesting, and I'd love to try something else by this author. 2w
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Noveldrama
Midnight Library | Matt Haig

"Doing one thing different is often the same as doing
everything differently."

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Samary
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Woohoo! Another year in the books.

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Kayla.Adriena
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Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy New Year full of good times and all the bookish things! We went out for an early dinner and are snacking & gaming in our living room with our baby asleep in her crib 😴 🍾🎉 Here's to 2022 and my favorite online community 📚

Kdgordon88 Happy New Year! 🎆 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Happy New Year! 3w
LiteraryinLawrence We played Bananagrams tonight too! Hope 2022 brings great things for you. 💗 3w
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4thhouseontheleft
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This month has been crazy! But in a mostly good way. Glad to finish out 2021 on a high note, personally.

As the crazy warm weather continues, I‘m finally making time to sit outside and read. Can‘t wait to kick off all the 2022 reading challenges!

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bridge12
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Mehso-so

Was able to finish my reading goal of 2021 on this book. It was a good, fun, introspective read. Kinda reminded me of The 5 People You Meet in Heaven without all the religious undertones. 3.5 🌟

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PaperbackPirate
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💙 This was my favorite book read in May!

📚 I loaned it to a friend who mostly reads Harry Potter over and over (not that there‘s anything wrong with that!), and she loved it too. My book club friends either loved it or hated it.

📸 Sorry for the recycled picture, but I really took it at midnight so authenticity should balance it out a little.

#12BooksOf2021
@Andrew65

Andrew65 A great story. 3w
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izelke_reads
Midnight Library | Matt Haig

Sometimes the only way to learn is to live.

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izelke_reads
Midnight Library | Matt Haig

🌞If you aim to be something you are not, you will 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. 🌞

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Freespirit
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Thanks @Lizpixie this will be my #FirstBookOf2022 😊 Here‘s hoping for a good year ahead everyone with lots of reading and relaxing!! My last book looks like being Of Mice and Men unless I can fit a sneaky quick book in over the next few days! That brings my total for the year to 34 books…not sure what my 2022 challenges will be yet but I‘d love to read War and Peace!!
#1stBookOf2022 #readingchallenge #goodbye2021

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MidnightBookGirl
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My January pick for #12BooksOf2021 hosted by @Andrew65

I really love this challenge because I suspect it will look a lot different then the Top Ten I did for the bookstore (also, because those had to be 2021 titles). I loved The Midnight Library, it made me feel all the feels, and it was my only 5 star read in January (although I also started my Bridgerton journey that month, so lots of 4 stars).

Andrew65 A great book. 3w
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Eva2
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I‘ve heard mixed things about this book but I loved it! Being a Henry David Thoreau fan probably helped. I can‘t believe I nearly missed out on reading this! I‘m glad I did pick it up. My boss was one of the people who shrugged and said it was just ok…..I definitely think it‘s way better than Ok. Now I‘m sitting here thinking of all the other disagreements I‘ve had with my boss. 😊😊

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Rebesta
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If you have not read this, you absolutely MUST! It will offer you words of wisdom in a lighthearted way, give you a new perspective on life and regret, and offer you the hope you are looking for in these trying times. Haig is a brilliant writer who knows how to get to the heart of humans. Don‘t cheat yourself! Read this book!

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ReaperOfTerrasen
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A Year In Books - My Reads of 2021 - Day 8

::Books of August 2021::
•Favorite Book of August '21: The Midnight Library
°Sky In The Deep
°Valhalla Rising

Not a very productive month in reading, was on a vacation for a couple weeks, went to NYC. Did buy a lot of books there though.

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MatchlessMarie
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Finally went through my #NewYearWhoDis list and narrowed it down a bit. Really looking forward to these @Zuhkeeyah 🥳

monalyisha Oh, fun! When people first started posting, lists were so familiar to me from having stared at them for so long. 😅 But now it all feels fresh again! Enjoy! Especially 4w
Zuhkeeyah Enjoy! All of them were great reads. 3w
MatchlessMarie @monalyisha I waited just for you 😜 3w
monalyisha @MatchlessMarie You are too kind. 😉 3w
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ohhkatie86
Pickpick

It was a bit of a slow start for me, but once I was past the first or second story from the book of regrets, I easily dove in and enjoyed the rest of the story.

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Noveldrama
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The Midnight library gives us chance to live again, to choose again, to be what we want again.
Nora the main lead who is stuck between life and death in this midnight library, get the chance to choose again. But how many chances she got she ended in disappointed. Like every time she chooses life, others wanted for her. At last, when she understands this she finds happiness in where she is. This book changes your approach towards life.

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Noveldrama
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You don't have to understand life, you just have to live it.

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Readswithcoffee
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Very good story. Very good narrator. I liked the twist that came in the middle. It added just the right change to keep it from becoming repetitive. I didn‘t really like the MC all that much, but STILL really enjoyed this book.

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Readswithcoffee
Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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I had my doubts about this, but am pleasantly surprised. I hope the storyline holds up.

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underground_bks
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When Nora Seed decides to end her life, she ends up in The Midnight Library, where every book holds a second chance at a life she could have lived had she chosen differently. If you‘ve ever had regrets or wondered what could have been (…or if you‘ve ever worn grippy socks), this comforting, satisfying, empathetic book is for you. Some have called it predictable but I prefer “inevitable,” the way the biggest truths, in hindsight, always seem to be.

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Smlambert725

“You don‘t have to understand life. You just have to live it.”
#December2021

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kbuggle
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This felt like a mashup of Tuesdays With Morrie / The Wizard of Oz / The Starless Sea. Really lovely and thoughtful.. I think audio was the right choice for me on this one

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behudd
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️I think this one suffered from people praising it so highly that I went into it with very high expectations,&while I liked the story, it never hit the emotional climax for me that I was anticipating the whole time. It was interesting, if a little repetitive,&good food for thought, but not one I‘ll be joining in to overly sing its praises. Carey Mulligan, however, was a fantastic audiobook narrator, and I highly recommend listening to it.

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carlthecattt
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We have finally been discharged! 6 long stressful and terrifying days, but we are finally home. Just in time for our little girls 7th birthday today.
All swap packages and litsy mail will be sent out on Monday. Thank you everybody for the well wishes!
PS: if you‘re in Michigan, Motts Children‘s Hospital is by far the best place to go. Shoutout to the amazing nurses & doctors everywhere.

AmyG Glad to hear he is going home! Motts is the best....hoping you don‘t need to ever go back. (edited) 1mo
Avanders So happy to hear it!! ♥️♥️ 1mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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We took my daughter to the library for the first time today! (As I thought how could that be she's 13 mo already 🤔...I remembered, COVID 😝) She checked out some board books and I picked up these which along with On Animals by Susan Orlean and my current read are my goals for December! How cute is her library card 😍

Julsmarshall That is a milestone-first library card! ❤️ 2mo
Kayla.Adriena @Julsmarshall I did not know that was a thing! That's awesome 2mo
Kayla.Adriena @Julsmarshall I was slightly bummed they don't have the thousand books before Kindergarten program, they have 101 picture book challenge which is cute, it's just they've already chosen the books 2mo
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LiteraryinLawrence Hi friend! I put the #lmpbc book in the mail to you today. Sorry it wasn‘t there right at the start of the month, but I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
Kayla.Adriena @LiteraryinLawrence No worries ! I'll let you know when it arrives! @shellleigh33 did you receive Molokai? 1mo
shellleigh33 I did get it @Kayla.Adriena I was about to post a picture 🤣 1mo
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Suet624
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Mehso-so

This particular library sits between life and death and allows the MC to review other life options. Much like It‘s a Wonderful Life, the message is simple. You really do have choices, change your life in small ways, see what shakes out, look for the magic. (Oh wait, that last little bit is my own philosophy.) I‘m glad so many folks enjoyed this book and I‘m glad Haig is well received. However, I have enjoyed other books written by him more.

Lindy I almost bailed on this, but persevered because my niece had recommended it (a rare occurrence) and I wanted to be able to talk to her about it. I‘m glad I finished it, but it‘s pretty weird and rather didactic. 2mo
Suet624 @Lindy Yes, I liked the concept but it lacked some kind of finesse. It was just okay. 2mo
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ValentinaV
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Poetic, thought-provoking and deeply beautiful ❤️

“You don‘t have to understand life. You just have to live it.”
“She was a volcano. (…) She‘d have to stay there and tend to that wasteland. She could plant a forest inside herself.”

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behudd
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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squirrelmama
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“You don‘t have to understand life. You just have to live it.”

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darklydreaming
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“You can choose choices but not outcomes”
…felt that.

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BeeMagical
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Book 127🎧
Have you ever read a book that so unexpectedly, was a book you didn‘t know you needed to read at that particular point in life? That‘s how I felt about The Midnight Library🖤

Nora, unhappy with her life decides to end it… but in between life and death is The Midnight Library. Full of millions of parallel universes, will she choose to stay?

Never forget the importance of small things🖤

Definitely one of my top 5 books of the year❤️

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ShyBookOwl
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Woke up un-ready to face the day. Big changes at work have got me really down lately but I'm hoping a couple chapters of The Midnight Library might help me remember that I'm in charge of my life, even if it doesn't feel that way right now. #bibliotherapy

monalyisha Ugh! This is highly relatable! Good luck. ✨ 2mo
ShyBookOwl @monalyisha oh no 😕 you too!! 2mo
monalyisha @ShyBookOwl Lots of coworkers flying the coop. Most distressingly, my Director announced that she‘s retiring & I LOVE her. She‘s been a huge advocate for me. She kept us safe throughout the pandemic. She believes in me as a “Creative.” She‘s provided me with so much freedom. Since I don‘t have my Master‘s Degree, that‘s rare. I‘m worried that much of my happiness is directly tied to her, & that the upward momentum I‘ve gained is going to plateau. 2mo
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monalyisha @ShyBookOwl I‘m trying to stay positive but it took me almost 10 years to find a Library where I was truly happy…& I‘m so anxious that with her departure, I‘ll end up feeling like I need to start the search all over again. So much to unpack here but…problems for another day! 2mo
monalyisha @ShyBookOwl I‘m sending you all the hope I can muster for your situation! 🍀 2mo
ShyBookOwl @monalyisha Wow. First, I am so sorry. That's awful. Second... our stories are so similar. After worrying for so long that I'd never find a place that would make me happy long term, I found it. And a lot of that was also tied directly to a manager who truly believed in me and my happiness. And then in the blink of an eye, the company was sold and my manager disappeared practically overnight, along with everything else that I loved about it. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @monalyisha it's a terrible feeling, to go from 4 years of knowing you're exactly where u should be to realizing you don't even know where you are. I really hope things work out for you and me both ❤ 2mo
monalyisha @ShyBookOwl It really does seem like we‘re sharing the same space! Let me know if you ever need to chat. 💓 2mo
monalyisha You can comment here anytime & I‘ll see it but also, feel free to email me. It‘s a gmail address: monalitsy. 📧 2mo
ShyBookOwl @monalyisha It does, doesn't it?! Same to you. It's good to know ppl going through similar struggles. I'm always here too. And I'll send u a quick email so that you have my address too 😊 2mo
BethM You got this! The pandemic taught me that work doesn‘t give me back as much energy as I give it so im focusing on sending more of my energy elsewhere. 2mo
ShyBookOwl Very wise words @BethM . Thank you for sharing them 💙 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so sorry to hear of your work issues. I hope something good comes out of it 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Suet624 Thank you.. I hope so too. 2mo
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Lizwarnerpdx
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Trigger warning: suicide, depression. This story follows Nora as her cat dies, she loses her job, and even her elderly neighbor no longer needs her. She decides to die, but when she does she is given the opportunity to reverse any regrets she may have and test out those lives… in the end it comes down to what you want, and what you want is often what you lack.