Every week Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books (http://www.crazy-for-books.com/) hosts a blog hop. Put your link in, post a comment and you can discover a lot of great blogs. The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week. This week's question/task: What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you? I can think of two books that fit into that category. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Both books make you appreciate what you have because someone always has it worse than you. I was disturbed by Walls' family life. I just couldn't fathom how parents could sacrifice the well-being of their children for their own happiness. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn also gave me a deep appreciation for reading. Francie Nolan didn't have a lot, but like me could always get lost in a book.