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RE: what are you reading?

Yes, since the advent of audio books I've given up driving with a book
propped on the steering wheel (just kidding - but if I had been able to
find a way to do it safely.....).  Audio books are great driving
companions.  And you're right, Kitty.  A talented reader can add
enormously to the enjoyment of a good book or even make a mediocre book
interesting.  On the other hand, I have run across readers that I just
could not listen to.  Just recently returned an audio book to the
library that I'd waited on for months because the reader was so bad - I
never made it past Chapter Two.  (Guess I'll just have to read that

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of kmrsy@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 8:55 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] what are you reading?

> horror of not being able to see the printed word.

I hope that day never comes for any of you, but if it should, you should
consider audio. Yes, it is slower than actual reading, but with a good
reader, the stories can take on a new dimension.

> Melody - you've hit on my greatest fear.  Like you, I've always had a 
> horror of not being able to see the printed word.  I just keep 
> reminding myself that I'm no dummy and I could easily learn braille.  
> But given the number of books I go through, then I worry about having 
> access to a braille library (or an audio library) that could keep me
> Just re-read this - honestly, folks, I usually do see that glass as 
> half-full :)
> Lynda
> Zone 7 - West TN
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf Of Melody
> Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 5:48 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?
> Reading is something so basic to my life that I fear for my sanity 
> should I ever lose my sight...it seems to me that no one ever had to 
> really show me how to read...I distinctly remember picking up the Dick

> and Jane books in first grade and somehow what was on those pages just

> made sense to me...one of the truly memorable moments of my life was 
> getting my first library card at the public library a few weeks later.

> I will never forget the intense feeling of awe and sheer joy that card

> gave me...literally a passport out of the hell my childhood was into 
> as many worlds of magic as I could read...by middle of first grade I 
> had been moved into the third grade reading classes, by the time I hit

> 7th grade they no longer had enough for me to read and so put me in an

> independent study program...it was great since it meant I had access 
> to any book in the public library system I wanted to read. Finished 
> most of the "classics" long before I hit high school...so it seems 
> strange to me that these days most of my reading consists of the 
> trashiest romance novels I can find...the more lurid sex the better! 
> :-) But truth be told, I'll read just about anything I can lay my 
> hands on...I love murder mysteries, anything to do with serial 
> killers, science fiction, romance, classics, etc...I guess I'm just an

> indiscriminate reader. A couple of years ago, one of our local thrift 
> stores went out of business and the owner gave away all of the 
> paperbacks in the store...in one hour, I carried out over 500 romance 
> novels...took me less than a year and a half to read them all...truly 
> wish I'd had time to make a second stop before she closed her store 
> for good. Right now I'm reading Thomas Gifford's The Assassini, a 
> murder mystery that concerns the Catholic Church.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Wed 12/03, Judy L Browning < judybrowning@lewiston.com > 
> wrote:
> From: Judy L Browning [mailto: judybrowning@lewiston.com]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 08:49:57 -0800
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?
> Gene, we must be related somehow.<br>In 3rd grade, my desk was right 
> next to the "library", four short shelves of<br>books. While the 
> teacher was diverted by classmates, I read them all, at the<br>expense

> of basic math skills. I never could stand to stay on the page 
> when<br>we read aloud.<br>Judy B<br>z6 Idaho, 40s & rainy this 
> week.<br><br>----- Original Message -----<br>From: "Gene Bush"
> <genebush@otherside.com><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: 
> Wednesday, December 03, 2003 3:49 AM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are 
> you reading?<br><br><br>> Judy,<br>> A single book by Burroughs was in

> a box of books given to my parents<br>> when I was a pre teen. Very 
> much a mix... Arabian nights, Bullfinch<br>> mythology, Hardy Boys, 
> Nancy Drew, Verne, De Maupassant. It was like dying<br>> and going to 
> heaven. Took the box and stayed hidden all summer reading it<br>> all.

> The Tarzan book was one of a series and I remember being very<br>> 
> disappointed at the time over the "to be continued". And this summer I

> got<br>> to thinking about it once more. Finally began looking and the

> Science<br>> Fiction Book of the Month club had the three in the 
> services in one book<br>> reprinted this past month. I took it as a 
> "sign" and ordered a copy.<br>> A bit later when I went to a boy's 
> home there was a library just up<br>the<br>> hall from me..... cool. 
> Our very own library and study hall.<br>> Gene E. Bush<br>> Munchkin 
> Nursery & Gardens, llc<br>> www.munchkinnursery.com<br>> 
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com<br>> Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana<br>><br>> 
> ----- Original Message -----<br>><br>> > I can't remember if I read 
> Burroughs or Verne first. I was introduced to<br>> > both by the 
> bookmobile that dropped by the school every 2 weeks. Tthe<br>four<br>>

> > books allowed were read & reread long before it was due again. Oh, 
> the<br>> > anticipation. The best thing was it always had a different 
> selection of<br>> > books.<br>><br>> 
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