good books to read over the summer


How to Read & Measure With Micrometers & Calipers

Calipers and micrometers are used by engineers and those in the manufacturing industry to measure parts and dimensions with great accuracy. Although micrometers are the more accurate of the two, a good set of calipers can give you an accurate measurement within .0001 or an inch and can be used for a few different types […]



How to Read Common Blood Tests

At almost any checkup, we give blood samples because they’re a really good indicator for our general health. Most of us don’t have any idea what the results for the test mean. Here’s a basic guide for knowing what the results to your blood tests mean. Read your test results. Find your RBC count value […]



How to Read Concrete Construction Plans

Construction plans consist of graphic descriptions and written specifications for construction projects. Specifications describe the performance standard and quality of materials; there are also several sections about concrete form, place and finish. Reading construction plans takes practice and requires familiarity with graphic symbols and line weights for drafting. Read written specifications carefully as well; if […]



How To Read VCS Files

A VCS is a type of file that contains calendar data. A VCS file can be read by the both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems. The versatility of the file format comes in handy when you are migrating to a new system of changing operating systems. Opening and viewing VCS files takes a […]



How to Read a Profit & Loss Statement

A profit and loss statement shows all the expenditures and income for a business during a specified period of time. A profit and loss statement can be confusing to read by someone who’s never seen one before. However, once you understand what the items on the statement mean, it becomes much simpler to read. How […]



How to Read a Dun & Bradstreet Report

Dun & Bradstreet is a well-known company whose focus is on providing information and ratings about businesses worldwide. Much like the information you receive when ordering a personal credit report, a D&B report offers a detailed snapshot of a company’s financial and credit history. These reports help business owners manage risk and increase profit margins. […]



How to Read MRI Results of the Cervical Spine

Since the first successful nuclear magnetic resonance experiment in 1946, magnetic resonance imaging has slowly evolved from a means of scientific experimentation to an adjunct and alternative to x-rays and other ionizing-radiation imaging. MRI provides better body-tissue contrast and can be adapted to accommodate many imaging techniques, including those used to diagnose spinal-cord abnormalities. A […]



How to Read Bar Codes Manually

The Uniform Code Council (UCC) generates bar codes known as Universal Product Codes (UPCs) for product identification. Bar codes keep track of inventory and pricing. Manually reading bar codes is possible when you understand what the numbers represent. Study the bar code. The first digit indicates the type of product. Digits 2 through 6 are […]



How to Read a Dental X-Ray

Reading a dental X-ray, a black and white picture of the inside of a tooth and bone, requires professional dentistry training, a source of back-lighting and a magnifying device. Look at the X-ray to determine areas of darkness and light. The black areas are the soft objects such as decay and the nerves and blood […]



How to Calculate Reading Light Requirements

It’s convenient to have an extra light in a room specifically for reading. Reading requires more light than other activities. By having a reading light, you can keep the rest of the light in your room muted while still having enough in one area to read comfortably. If you put a reading light next to […]



How to Read HVAC Wiring Diagrams

If you are unfamiliar with the process of reading HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning wiring diagrams, then fixing your own furnace may seem like trying to read Greek or Egyptian without some kind of translator. However, if you learn a few basic symbols and terms, you will be able to read HVAC wiring […]



How to Take an Accurate GPS Reading Using a GPS Receiver

Scientists have enhanced the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) capabilities immensely since the first GPS satellite was launched for military surveillance purposes in 1968. Today GPS devices exist for a variety of purposes from driving directions to pinpointing your coordinates as you’re hiking. Taking a specific GPS reading can be especially important if you are charting […]



How to Read & Sing Shape Note Music

Reading shape notes is a simplified way for a singer to read music. Used in the early part of American history when many singers were musically untrained, simplified notation was a way for people to sing printed music in church choirs. Since shape notes only influence the way music is printed, the way the music […]



How to Work From Home as a Professional Tarot Card Reader

In this day and age of computer technology, the demand to work from home is stronger than ever. With that strong demand, however, comes a bombardment of illegal scams and ripoffs. In this article I will demonstrate legal ways in which you can successfully become a Professional Tarot Card Reader from Home. The first thing […]



How to Read Music Notes for Beginners

Learning how to read music is a skill that can be acquired at almost any age. While advanced music can be quite complex, it is built upon a foundation of simple principles. Knowing the basics of note reading and rhythmic notation will unlock limitless musical possibilities. With practice, reading music can become as comfortable as […]



How to Read Bus Maps

Bus lines can seem confusing at first. What route goes where? What times do they come by each stop on the route? Fortunately, this is where bus maps come in. A bus map provides an outline of all the stops along a route, along with a timetable showing when it will stop at each location. […]



Reading Comprehension Test Tips

Reading comprehension is an important aspect of academic ability and is a common section on standardized tests such as the SAT, GMAT, GRE and LSAT. Reading comprehension test sections typically involve reading a passage on a certain subject and then answering several questions based on the passage. Following these tips helps you prepare and improves […]