Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Book of Flying when it first came out in 2004. I was so young then and I was into fantasy. But there was something different about Flying. It wasn’t the typical fantasy novel I was used to and it was just so beautifully written.
I love this quote and I’ve never really forgotten it. Especially the part about how your fingertips catch on rough paper… I still enjoy that sensation to this day. In fact, I play with the pages as I read just so I can constantly have that feeling as I read.
I am keen to read this again now, 15 years later from when I first read it, to see whether I feel any differently about this book.