“People say that we tend to read the books that impress or move us most before the age of 25. Not because we read less in later life but because we get too sophisticated to be so easily awestruck. Once you’ve read Great Expectations, anything you subsequently read would have to be even better than Great Expectations to impress you to the same extent as Great Expectations did – it would have to compensate for your greater expectations as a result of having read Great Expectations. That’s asking a lot of Nick Hornby.”
— David Mitchell in The Guardian
I did not discover Tolkien until I was in my thirties and I still find myself mourning the experience of reading his work for the first time. If you first read Tolkien in your youth, how did it impact your experience of literature after that?