There are some books that come into your life at the perfect time. Maybe you’ll read them again throughout your life, and you’ll still appreciate them, but it won’t measure up to that first read. I guess that could seem sad, but I think it’s a beautiful thing. The fact that a book can be exactly when you didn’t know you needed it? There’s nothing more magical than that.
A book that I read at the perfect time in my life was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Ring of Endless Light. I was in fifth or sixth grade, and I hadn’t read anything by L’Engle before. I wasn’t privy to A Wrinkle in Time or any of her other books. I remember being at the bookstore in the mall with my mom and deciding, based on the back cover blurb, that I wanted this book in the Austin family series.
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