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Quick book reviews: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Who else is planning their books to read this summer? The TBR list is super long and even though I’ve already read so many books this year, the list isn’t getting any shorter. 😀

Here are two books I read recently, and I was so excited about these! One really impressed be, while the other was unfortunately a slight disappointment. Two very different books and both of them seem to have been popular, or at least they pop up regularly in my reading challenge groups.

I was quite surprised when I enjoyed The Midnight Library so much more than The Lost Apothecary.

Summer has finally started and lovely weather means reading outside! It’s funny how that simple act of reading outside brings an instant holiday feeling, even though you’re still technically at home. 🙂 Books are magic, in many ways. ❤

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

What a sweet book this was. ❤ The main character is having a very rough time, and decides that it would be better if she would just die and not exist anymore. So she commits suicide, but instead of dying she goes to a place between life and death, and it happens to be a library with books about her different lives. And so she is off to figure out if one of those other lives would’ve really been better or if she really wants to die.

This is a nice magical realism book with very deep, thought provoking themes. The idea of having a library where you go to between life and death and see the infinite possibilities of other lives you could’ve lived is really intriguing. Would you take that second chance if you could? It’s such a big, important theme: what could have been different and would it have been happier, better life than the one we ended up living?The Midnight Library is a touching, funny, sad, great book that has me almost at a loss for words. The mental health themes, and getting clarity on what is good life in your own standards are such relevant themes for this pandemic year too. Lovely, simply lovely. Read it! 🙂

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

I was hyped to get my hands on this book! I mean, just look at it: the most beautiful cover I’ve seen in a while. And the setting is 1700s London with female revenge in the form of poisons sold by a mysterious apothecary. How perfect does that sound? 😀

Oh this was supposed to be the most awesome book for this year, just perfect for my reading preferences! And unfortunately it did not meet the high expectations, not fully. The issue was unfortunately with the odd pacing of the book. I think it would’ve been better had it just focused on the historical timeline. The book starts off quite slowly, which is ok for the historical timeline. But unfortunately half the book we follow a modern timeline, where a woman is running away from a shitty relationship and also happens to find out about the apothecary during her trip to London. The modern timeline unfortunately did nothing to raise my interests, and it took away from the tension of the historical timeline. The book isn’t bad, not saying that, but it could’ve been so much better! It’s still the one with the prettiest cover for sure. 🙂

These two books obviously take their places in the Reading Challenges I’ve been doing this year. These are the prompts they fill:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
A book featuring listening to music (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A magical realism book (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
A book you have been waiting for (Helmet Reading Challenge)
The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover (Popsugar Reading Challenge)


I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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