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RE: what are you reading?

One of my fondest memories is of Dad and I reading Treasure Island together.
During a storm scene while Dad was reading aloud to me, there was a nasty
storm going on outside with a good deal of wind, thunder and lightening.
Just as he read that a mast or some such had broken off, a limb hit the
window and made us both jump.  We had a good laugh with both of us getting a
little jumpy.   I hadn't thought about that in decades.  (Thanks for jogging
my memory!)

Dad worked hard at self education because he had to quit school early to
work the farm.  He and mother both got their GED's the year or so after I
got my masters.  (I was so proud of them!)  He never quit trying to learn
something new, so he was an avid reader and infected me too.

Bonnie (SW OH -zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Pamela J. Evans
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 8:00 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?

Auralie - I grew up (literally) on Agatha Christie so I understand your
fondness for the genre'! Also grew up on the classics, was fortunate
that mother was (and is) a reader and I too cannot recall a time when I
didn't have a book in hand.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 3 Dec 2003 18:42:53 EST

>I readily admit that I am an obsessive mystery reader.  I have been an 
>obsessive reader all my life - can't even remember learning to read.  I
make no 
>apologies for reading two or three mysteries a week - as an indexer I read
>nonfiction books each year than many people read in a decade, and on
>subject happens to come along.  But for quite a few years now, my
>reading has been a pile of periodicals, including three or four garden 
>magazines, and endless mysteries.  Sometimes I have to look at the date to
be sure I 
>haven't already read the book.  If it has been published within the past
>months I can be pretty sure I haven't already read it.  For many years I
had a 
>circle of friends who were also mystery readers, and passed shopping bags
>them from one to another - four or five people in the circle.  However in
>past couple of years the group has collapsed - some died, some moved away.
If an
>yone out there is interested, I could probably send a boxful to be passed 
>  The animal-lovers in this group might enjoy Rita Mae Brown's books with 
>animals as active participants.  There is one series with Sneaky Pie Brown
>cat) that is pretty good, but in the past couple of years she has
>another series that I find quite interesting.  "Outfoxed" is one, and more 
>recently "Hotspur."  These are set in Southern fox-hunting country, and the
>picture is quite significant.  
>  Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series is amusing, but I like it less.

>This series features supercats that solve the mysteries and give the clues
>the police by telephone so that their talking ability will not be
>Just too gimicky for my taste.
>In a message dated 12/01/2003 11:59:14 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
>cathyc@rnet.com writes:
>> Speaking of mysteries, I like Lindsey Davis' series set in ancient Rome 
>> (plants occasionally figure in some of them), and James Lee Burke's 
>> series of Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux. Then there is Dorothy 
>> Gilman's Mrs Pollifax series (elderly lady who works for the CIA), and 
>> of course Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael who is always growing something 
>> when he isn't solving murders.
>> Cathy
>> On Monday, December 1, 2003, at 11:20 PM, Bonnie Holmes wrote:
>> >Do you recommend it?  I just recently got into mysteries...read all of
>> >Hillerman, Stuart Kaminisky's Moscow detective series, most of P.D.
>> >James...finished the one on food and have now started Pat Barker's 
>> >"Border
>> >Crossing"...his "Regeneration Trilogy" was great...won the Booker 
>> >Prize.
>> >
>> >Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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Kemp TX/zone 8A


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