As of this writing, I have read two books so far this year: THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY and ANXIOUS PEOPLE. Please read on for my short reviews of both.

Content/trigger warning: Suicide

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY (Matt Haig) is about a woman who attempts to take her life but ends up in a realm outside of reality. This realm is full of books, lives where she made one different choice in each. With the help of the Midnight Library’s librarian, she must find the right alternate reality.

Wow. This book was powerful and kept me turning the pages. If you have a tendency toward suicidal ideations, I strongly recommend having a loved one read this book first to see if it’s safe for you.

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Content/trigger warning: Suicide

ANXIOUS PEOPLE (Fredrik Backman) is told in an unusual, non-linear manner. It’s about a bank robber and hostages, about the policemen on the scene, about life and love and anxiety, about guilt and hope. I can’t do this book justice in a blurb. I highly recommend this as a group read because you are going to want to discuss the story with someone! So cleverly written, full of twists and turns—a real page-turner and gut-buster (I laughed quite a bit.)

Keep your nose in a book,
Beth

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