I tore through Among Others by Jo Walton these last few days. I'd been waiting and waiting it seemed to get if from the library since Carl V. reviewed it on his blog.
The book is told in a series of diary entries. Mori is recovering from a tragedy that maimed her and killed her twin sister. She can do magic, and see fairies, and few other people can. Her mother can and tried to use magic for evil, which led to the twin girls stopping her, causing the injury and death. The other thing about Mori is that she reads and reads. She's sent off to school by her father's sisters, who don't particularly want the strange girl in their home or as a rival for their brother's attention. She's extremely out of place until she finds a sci-fi reading group that meets weekly (!??!?) at the town library.
So here's the bit i am highlighting:
At that point, when we were about that age (eight), we were always looking for someone else to play with, and preferably a boy, because in books that's the group you have to have to go into another world.
I totally had the same experience when i was around that age, 8-10. I was forever expecting that one day i'd be playing with my 2 younger brothers and then we'd open the right door or see the right rabbit or stumble under the right tree and be swept off to some magical place to have adventures. I was the oldest and the smart girl, the middle brother brave and stubborn, and the youngest brother cute and small. I mean he was always really small; he's an adult now and topped out at 5 ft 3, just an inch above me. So we'd have an adventure and we'd all get to be the hero for part of it, me by being smart, Rory by winning a fight, and Christian by, well, getting somewhere only a tiny person could go. I didn't have it quite all thought out.
But back to the story, this entire book is full of moments where you remember being a child, or being a teen, or a young adult, and having the same feelings or ideas or realizations that Walton describes. It is both completely new and full of nostalgia. I loved it. a 7. I am using it for the 2011 Challenge under the "Bad Bloggers" category as well. Read it! you won't regret it.