"When I had no money I used to grieve, just stand in a very Dickensian way outside bookshops...I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet. I'm a hard reader. I'm bitterly disappointed by books. Sometimes I pick up a book and I'm like - please God, please let this be what it looks like it is."

--Donna Tartt

from her interview "A Talent to Tantalize" with Katharine Viner, The Guardian, October 19, 2002