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I’ve been going through the books on my shelves, and slowly entering ratings on Goodreads.

I’m amazed by how many books I’ve read. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been a reader. Every time I could find a book and a little hideaway spot, I’d slip into a story or try to digest some factual information.

book-case-door-after In the house where I grew up, I shared a bedroom with one of my sisters. Our dad had desks and bookshelves built into the walls in our second floor bedroom so we’d always have a place to study and store our books. But the part of our bedroom I loved the best was the area under the eaves accessed through hidden doors in our closets.

Supposedly for storage, countless books were read in those hidey spots by flashlight’s beam or by lamplight. I was so enthusiastic about reading in my hidden room that I smuggled in an old lamp and a rug to sprawl upon.

I had a room of my own for a couple of years before I married and moved out. When the remaining part of the second floor was converted into a bedroom,  my father had hidden doors to access the eaves added in that bedroom, too. But what was even better, he had a window seat built in the alcove created by two large closets. Nestled in that alcove with the sunshine or moonlight pouring through the window, I traveled many worlds curled up beneath a blanket, leaning on a pillow, with a book in hand.

Deepak Chopra said: “You will be transformed by what you read.” And I agree. Every book we read changes us just a bit. And after we’ve read them, a few books leave their mark on us for life.

As a writer, I hope something I’ve written will connect with my readers. Perhaps my words will bring them joy or help them smile. Perhaps my words will tug at their heart-strings or help them look at their world through new eyes. And maybe if I work hard enough on my craft, my words will make a difference.

Please stop by my page on Goodreads and become a Fan or Friend or Both: http://www.goodreads.com/vonnie_winslow_crist  Then, pick up a book, find your favorite reading spot, and be transformed.

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