Like so many of the other books I read, it never seemed to me like a book, but like a place I had lived in, had visited and would visit again, just as all the people in them, every blessed one – Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Jay Gatsby, Elizabeth Bennet, Scarlet O’Hara, Dill and Scout, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot – were more real than the real people I knew.

So many books to read, will I ever finish reading?

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