Nora has no desire to live anymore because nothing in her life is going the way she thought it would. Quitting swimming in her prime so no Olympic Gold, feeling guilty about not going to Australia with her best friend, and backing out of her wedding to Dan two days before the I do part.  The last straw is her cat dying so Nora takes a bunch of pills and waits for death to come, but instead of pearly white gates she ends up inside a library.  This is no ordinary library.  I’m going to call it the library of second chances.  What appears to be endless aisles of books with each one containing a life Nora could have had.

This book was so dark to start out.  I felt bad for Nora wanting, and then attempting to end her life because nothing was working out, or so she thought.  I loved reading about the different lives she tried on to see if they fit the life she wanted.  This part of the story was all about self discovery.  Nora finally realizes she wasn’t living her dream, but everyone elses.  It was her deceased dad’s dream for her to make it to the olympics, her friends dream to go to Australia, and her ex-fiances Dan, dream to own a bar in the middle of nowhere.  While we don’t get to read about every life Nora “tries” on, we do get to read about the one she wanted to keep, but she didn’t get to and I was bummed but that didn’t work out for a reason.  

I had all the feelings while reading, and you can’t help but wonder what your life would be like if you had made different choices.  This one is out now!

Book Rating: 4/5

Wine Pairing: Ménage à Trois Midnight



Goodreads Synopsis

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 your regrets?”

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?