I first read this about ten years ago, when I was twelve, just like Meggie. I enjoyed reading the story then and I wanted to finally read the first book in the trilogy as well as the sequels.I have to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as I did ten years ago.Although the writing was beautiful, there were parts that could have been shortened or left out. It dragged on for quite a bit in the middle part. But nonetheless I really liked that this was a book about books. I love reading about fellow bookworms and this was one I liked as a reader.Still, I didn't see much development in some of the characters as I would have liked.Also, the ending was quite abrupt for a book this massive.I will continue reading the series, but I don't know how soon that will be.