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Old 06-29-2006, 04:53 PM   #251
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Wastewater management plan (with 5 appendixes) for a facility in the Midwest...
You're going to love it! What a fantastic ending, you'll never guess how it's going to turn out! I couldn't put it down.

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Old 06-29-2006, 05:08 PM   #252
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John Sandford's "Dead Watch"... his newest- a good one.
Also recently re-read through the "Harley-Davidson Service Manual for the 2002 Touring Models", really aan interesting read. The imagery was wonderful and the technical specifications were fascinating. Hard to put it down.

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Old 06-30-2006, 12:01 AM   #253
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Licia, the reason I started reading for this friend was that she didn't like books on tape ... which I could identify with. I'd had vision problems a number of years ago, and I hated them. Not that I think they are bad, a lot of people love them and I'm glad they are there. They just don't go at my pace. I started to read to her because she was desperate to read a couple of books written by friends of hers. Then two things happened -- she started to like me reading. But the big development was that her very arthritic friend (totally housebound) started getting into conversations we would have. Honestly, she'd been going into a vegestative state when I first started reading, then started asking me when she cold meet my husband, my friends, etc. Right now we are between books and I asked if they'd like to hear some Wodehouse "Jeeves". This is a good series of short stories to fill time until we move on to a more serious book. Yes, she could throw a tape or cd on, but we read, and often look up words, or will segue to a related book, or go off on another conversation. Sometimes we have dinner parties with the food & drink of a country that comes from a bio, history, or novel that we just read.
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:07 AM   #254
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Right now, for myself, I seem to have gotten into a dead place when it comes to reading. The last half dozen I've read just haven't been very good. I despise the romance-type format .... I don't mind some romance in a novel, but I hate it when you open a book and immediately KNOW that the arrogant hero and gorgeous woman who hate each other will fall into each other's arms by the end of the book. It seems a lot of romance writers are trying to get into the mystery genre .... but they leave the mystery out of it. I read a dozen or so books in the past two weeks, and was disappointed in all of them. C'est la vie.
So now I'm reading some old Graham Greene books.
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Old 06-30-2006, 02:59 AM   #255
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I enjoy books that have relationships, not romance. I suppose that is why I like the Jan Karon books. It is about everybody in the town and more. They each have their idiosyncracies, but somehow avoid getting into too much trouble. I find many of the characters remind me of someone I know or knew. Reading to your friend is a magnificent gesture and surely is worth your while, but most of us couldn't spend that much time with someone. I remember my mother listening to stories on the radio when I was a child. She would be ironing or sewing and we would be asked to play quietly with our dolls while she was listening. I suppose she didn't have much time to read with 3 little girls.
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:37 AM   #256
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I love reading any Michael Connelly mystery or anything by Alex Kava. Alex has a way of keeping your attention throughout the book. I have just finished one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, "The Cruelest Miles" a story of the diptheria epidemic in the '20's in Nome, Alaska and how the only way to get anti-toxin to these people was by dogsled. The people involved in the 'relay" are interesting and the obsticales they faced were horrendous. Very interesting information on the Arctic Circle, the weather conditions in the northern part of Alaska, the dogs themselves and dog sledding in general. I never dreamed I would be so engrossed in a book like this.
I'm wondering if anyone else has read it.
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Old 06-30-2006, 11:01 AM   #257
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Well, I'm finally reading a book that I've tried to read many times over the years but never made it past Leviticus.

This time I started with Matthew with a plain-english version and am doing much better.

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As always I'm reading a few different ones...







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Old 06-30-2006, 03:17 PM   #259
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
You're going to love it! What a fantastic ending, you'll never guess how it's going to turn out! I couldn't put it down.
LOL, Andy. And didn't you love Appendix 3????!!! 200-plus pages of manufacturer's literature.

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Old 06-30-2006, 04:52 PM   #260
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As always I'm reading a few different ones...

I loved that book! My family lived in the areas that she described in around about the same years (and before, from the early '50's)(most of them didn't farm and probably weren't quite as lush-y, but a lot of the daily life kinds of things she describes are so evocative). I made my mom read this book, too. My sister was born in Luansya, and my family lived in Kitwe and Ndola, too. My mom said it brought back all kinds of memories. Her next book, Scribbling the Cat, is much much darker, though.

Pdswife, I also have several books going at the same time - all stacked on the chair next to my bed. I'm reading:

A Southern Exposure by Alice Adams <- working on this one
April Witch by Majgull Axelsson <- just finished, strange, occult, fantasy & social commentary
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini <- bought it last summer, then held off for a long time, don'g know why, but once I started, boy, it's good
Simple Abundance by Sarah Breathnach <- working on this one - spotted it in a doctor's office - a day book. May 6th (I think) was what made me buy the book.

I have a few others under that pile, too.

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