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When I first heard this quote, book titles rolled like credits through my brain.

Books I wanted to love, but didn't.
Anne of Green Gables
Little House on the Prairie
Little Women

Books I loved, but couldn't talk about.
Are you there God, it's me Margaret?
Go Ask Alice

Books I never finished.
The Wind in the Willows
Nancy Drew

Books that made me want to be born earlier.
The Little Peppers
All of A Kind Family

Books that terrified me.
Flowers in the Attic
Diary of Anne Frank

Books were so much a part of me, I couldn't always separate which parts happened to me and which happened to a character I'd read about. It didn't really matter. Parts of me now include Francie Nolan  and Franny Glass and even Holden Caulfield.

When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.


  1. Interesting post! I certainly have books that I wanted to love, but didn't. (You didn't love Anne Shirley?! Sigh...) ;) Books I felt like I was supposed to read. Life's too short for "supposed to" how you crafted this post! I despised the book Misty of Chincoteague, because it was forced on me by a teacher. I have never forgiven that book.

  2. So, so true! I totally laughed when I read your list of "Books I Loved, But Couldn't Talk About." Those exact titles would be on my list too!

  3. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I am an emotional reader, and will very often forget details of a book but remember how it made me feel. And I'm with you on the Misty of Chincoteague comment, never been much of an animal book lover myself. Mountain Dog was my exception to that rule this year.

  4. Funny fact: Are you there God, it's me, Margaret? was my favorite book for the obvious reasons. Do you remember the MC's last name? It was Simon. I grew up to actually BE Margaret Simon!
    Nancy Drew was a favorite series of mine. I read them one after the other. Now I am not a fan of mysteries, but then, I wanted to be Nancy. But I got to be Margaret, not so bad.

  5. Funny how taste and personality affect each person's list. I loved Anne, Nancy, Laura Ingalls, and the March girls! I hated (& still do) anything by George Orwell and John Steinbeck. Misty? The language is cumbersome but after going to Chincoteague and seeing the ponies live, it all made sense and I am so glad I read it!

  6. I did love Little Women but mostly for Jo. Jane Eyre and Huck Finn were my younger days favorites, which tells you a bit about me, I suppose.

  7. Oh I love this post! I got tickled about your list of books that you read, but couldn't talk about...Are you there God, It's Me Margaret is definitely on my list! Ok...enough about that! LOL!

    And I adore, love, appreciate, cherish, and long to be part of a book store like You've Got Mail!

  8. I love the four groups - I may need to try this! I didn't like Little Women until I was an adult but loved Anne of Green Gables! Funny what books we remember!

  9. I love this, Kimberely, and may have to steal this idea. I devoured Nancy Drew books, then moved on to Agatha Christie. I still love mysteries, but for some reason don't read them too often anymore.

  10. What a terrific reflection on reading and how important books are to instruct and build us. There are some books that I needed as a kid. They were essential to who I was and who I was becoming. It makes me worry for the young person who doesn't read. And worried I'm missing something I need.

  11. I really like the way you shared about your reading life as a child!
    Interesting and inspiring!


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