My IRL book club met on Wednesday evening to discuss June’s book. We met in-person and discussed THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig. There were six of us who met together and five of us read the book. Here are some highlights of our discussion:
- Everyone who read the book liked the premise and message.
- A couple of people thought the book was predictable, but it didn’t change what they thought about it.
- One person thought it was preachy, but it wasn’t hit-you-over-the-head preachy.
- All of us who read the book are still thinking about it. We all think it’s a book that will stay with us for a long time.
- I was the only one who felt Matt Haig wrote it about and for me.
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- A couple people said they had to suspend belief while reading about Nora’s experiences because they don’t think she’d be able to just jump into a life as easily as she seemed to.
- After our discussion, the person who didn’t read it said she wasn’t going to read it. She said it sounded too preachy, even though the person who said it was told her it wasn’t a bad preachy.
This was a really interesting book club. We had a lot of great discussion about regret, living life fully rather than passively, and making life enjoyable. I love books like THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY because whether you liked the book or not, its subject matter always encourages a lively exchange.
Next month, we’re all choosing a memoir to read. During our July meetup we’ll review each memoir. I hope this will be fun and garner a lot of discussion. Right now, I’m leaning toward reading:
- AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes,
- TASTE by Stanley Tucci,
- BECOMING by Michelle Obama,
- FAILURE IS AN OPTION by H. Jon Benjamin,
- GIRLS CAN KISS NOW by Jill Gutowitz, or
- LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED by Jenny Lawson.
Have you read any of these memoirs? Which one do you think I should read? Or, do you recommend I read another one instead?
Anyway, have you read THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY? If so, what do you think about my book club’s discussion about it?