I have trouble connecting to my real life for a minute. I'm in Alice's world these days...sort of. Sort of one foot in and one foot out.
I become a part of these books that I read. I know I'm me but I am sort of not me at the same time.
It is this feeling that keeps me reading and makes me obsessed with giving others that feeling. I want my students to find this feeling. It is not about the book that moved me. So I'm not saying you should rush out and get What Alice Forgot [though I do think it was great]. I am saying that you need to read huge quantities of books in order to find the one that moves you. When this happens you begin to have a reading life because you know what you are looking for as you look for a book to read next. It is a drug. You start stacking up books next to your bed so that you will never be without a book.
Nothing else does that for us over and over again with only lasting good effects.