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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?
Forever
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.