What Are You Reading?

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    Just started "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail". Ive read a few books already about this subject and hope I haven't read this one before but I don't think so.

    So far so good...interesting enough but I think it may end up being the same old same old info about this subject.
     
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  2. Chrissy Cross

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    Thanks for reminding me @Kitty Carmel. I had forgotten about it. Guess I'll read that after the book I'm reading now.
     
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  3. Tim Burr

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    I usually have at least two books going at a time, one fiction, one non-fiction.

    I am about 1/3 of the way through 'Mr. Meredes' by Stephen King.

    This is a series about a retired Detective and I was drawn in due to my enjoyment
    of the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly.
    King writes with more of an edge; more gore and such.

    I will probably do the whole series.
     
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    Capital in the 21st Century, but only in small doses from time to time, lest I go mad.
     
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  5. Bill Boggs

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    What's your non-fiction?
     
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  6. Tim Burr

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    The non-fiction book is 'CHAOS' by James Gleick.
    I had read his book on Isaac Newton, so thought he could
    get me to understand Chaos Theory.

    So far, an interesting book. It was written in 1988, so it may be dated.
     
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  7. Bill Boggs

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    I made my monthly sojourn to the library today. I bypassed the small print books and spent all my time browsing the large print section. I selected two books I had not previously checked out or looked at. One a western novel by an unknown author to me. The other, "The Woman Said Yes," had this provocative title which was sure to disappoint but I got it anyway abut a mother and her two daughters, Quaker women desirous of a more noble life than that of milking cows and gathering eggs, and wearing bonnets all day. We'll see how it goes.
     
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  8. Kitty Carmel

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    A few weeks ago I watched a PBS show about the California Channel Islands. It was fascinating so I looked to see if there were any books written about them and I found one called "California's Channel Islands" by Frederic Caire Chiles. I've just started it. It's recently published. 2015 I think.

    For lighter reading before bed, I found a copy of "Here Comes Trouble" by Michael Moore at our PAWS thrift a couple of years ago. I started reading it and it's very entertaining. Though I suspect there will be people on the board who loath him.
     
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  9. Chrissy Cross

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    Ha ha, you're probably right, @Kitty Carmel ...I'm a moderate and although I don't loathe him, I don't really care for him.
     
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  10. Bill Boggs

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    I am reading "Books For Living," by Will Schwalbe. It is a book my wife checked out and read when we went to the library recently. I read one of the books I checked out, "The Woman Said Yes," but the other, the western I had read. So I'm reading Books For Living. It's interesting. I almost didn't start it because I thought it looked simple, perhaps a bit on the religious side, disguised maybe as a series of sermonette-like readings. Having started the book I find I was wrong in my initial assessment. I'm about a third of the way through it and so far it keeps me reading. I sometime forget my wife spent years working for Barnes and Noble routinely giving talks to Liberians and teachers and has a better eye for Book assessment . It is a matter I tend to forget.
     
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    I have read Western novels since I was twelve years old. When I wanted to relax I picked up a western. They were simple stories about uncomplicated times. I thought I had found a new author. Three first three books were maybe written for simpletons like myself because the plots were so predictable. The white hat not only won and the black hats easily disposed of, but the main character in each story became financially independent and so did all his friends. People in his stories mostly adored him, and then he went on to tell what happened to all the people in the story, what happened to them after the story ended. How his parents prospered, his girlfriend's parents and what all they accomplished and on and on. How he rose from poverty to being king of the hill. At one point I had to look and if the book was a western or a romance. Westerns have been a life long enjoyment. But it's over. This guy does everything but raise folks from the dead.
     
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    In the last few months, I read something that claimed Alan Furst was the best author of historical spy novels, better than John le Carré. I started reading his books and they are captivating. I highly recommend them. It doesn’t seem to matter in which order you read them.
     
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    Any suggestions as to how to pronounce "Ove"?

    Google “pronounce I’ve”. It seems to be oo-vuh. Swedish
     
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    I’m reading Night Soldiers at the moment. It’s one of the best.
     
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    @John McIntosh Thanks for the tip, John. I've been hunting for an exciting new author. Furst just might fill the void? I originally looked up the wrong author on Amazon. I'm going to look at it. I require large print or kindle because of eyesight. Thanks again.
     
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    The past two weeks I finished reading all of these books... the last one yesterday afternoon. So now it's time for another trip to the Library. :)
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    Started this book because my Dad had contracted this twice,
    ( which I didn't know could happen ) during his time with the
    Marines in WWII.

    I've been stationed in areas that had high percentage of Malaria
    cases. ( Southeast Asia, Africa, etc. )

    Took my pills as directed.

    Saw how it can affect cultures, so was an easy pick for a book to read.

    We've been looking for a cure for Malaria since the 1940's.
     
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    "The Meat Racket", by Christopher Leonard. Most interesting read about the "curbing" of the Meat Industry in the U.S. via vertical structuring. It began with chicken only, by Tyson. As decades went by, beef began to be included. It's premise is similar to the exploits of the Hunt Brothers in their attempt to
    curb world markets in Silver. They failed, but Tyson and the few others did not, in the meat business. Their influence totally decimated the vast flourishing individual farming operations, especially the "Mom & Pop" farmers.
    Frank
     
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    My dad got malaria while in the Pacific during WWII also.
     
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  20. Kitty Carmel

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    I knew a German guy named Uva. His name was pronounced "oo-vuh" So that may be correct.
     
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  21. Babs Hunt

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    I am rereading some of my gardening books right now as come Spring my youngest daughter wants to plant both a flower garden to attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds, etc. and a vegetable garden in the back yard of her new home. She wants our help in doing this so since it's been awhile since we've had large plots for these things I'm spending some time reviewing everything I used to know so well. :)

    Their new home has perfect spots for the flower and veggie gardens and we all are getting excited about the possibilities here. The veggie garden will be big enough for us to share the bounty with not only us but the rest of our family too. :)
     
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    @Babs Hunt Sounds like a nice plan.

    Wish I had the room for a veggie garden and the large trees in the back
    cover the entire yard. Nice for being outside, but too much shade to grow things.

    Good thing for me my son's yard is sunny and I can help myself to his garden.
    ( nice since I tilled it and water it most days...):D
     
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    Yes @Tim Burr at my daughter's new home they have plenty of shade too along with nice size full sun spots. The couple who owned the home before really put some thought into how they wanted their back yard. There are four cozy spots for socializing with friends and family and each spot has seating as well as fire pits. They have a gazebo and small greenhouse...and right outside their patio coming through the back door is a 3 tier water fountain. On the end of one side of their home is a cozy nook with a hanging swing, a 4 seating patio set, one of the fire pits a barbecue pit area and a brick wall to mount a flat screen TV. Then you take a short path from that area and walk into the full sun area where the veggie garden will grown. There is even a little stream that runs at the back edge of their property. The back yard is set up like a private sanctuary in the middle of a subdivision full of brick homes. It's like entering a different world when you walk into their back yard. :)
     
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    When you get through the Appalachian Trail, you'll be in Millinocket. We are the northern terminus of the Trail.
     
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  25. Kitty Carmel

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    Reading: Twenty Years Behind Bars. The Spirited Adventures of a Real Bartender. Jeff Burkhart. Chapters are only 3-5 pages each usually about some event or theme. Very light reading but interesting enough.
     
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