I was reading Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. I picked this book up last year in the bargain book section of Barnes & Noble. I was absolutely thrilled to discover it because it is a prequel to L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. Her Anne series is one of my all-time favorites, so I was excited to hear a plausible story of what happened before the series begins.
As far as I knew, I had never heard of this book before, let alone read it. But as I began reading it a couple weeks ago, I had the strangest feeling of familiarity. It's like I knew what was coming next, but only just as I reached that part. I couldn't have plotted it out for you ahead of time, but each next event had an "oh, yeah, I remember this" moment. How is this possible if I hadn't read the book before??
The book was published in 2008. I can't list every book I've read in the past six years, but I can usually remember if I've read a book or not. Before picking this book up, I was very certain that I had never read it before. But having those experiences while reading, I'm no longer so sure.
The only name I have to describe this is déjà vu - the feeling of having read something that I haven't actually read before. Has anyone else had this feeling while reading a book, or am I alone?