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Twelve of My Favorite Mystery Reads of 2016!

Collage of my Favorite 2016 Mystery Reads

Twelve Great Mystery Reads of 2016

So now that the Holidays are over and I wait to see if Clemson can somehow upset mighty Alabama, Hey I attended both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, so while I am not a big fan of Clemson, I certainly would prefer that they win the National Title!

Anyway, after seeing this list of the Best of 2016 from the Mysterious Bookshop . I decided to put together a list of my favorite mystery reads of 2016. I love books that are part of a mystery series. Therefore, the vast majority of the books I read are part of a series Here are in my 2016 favorites.The books are listed,  for the most part, in the reverse chronological order in which they were read!

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Thoughts about Books Returned to the Library

Prisoners of Geography
Two Books Go Back to the Library Unread, Replaced by Two of My Proposed January Reads!

Ok, so who amongst you has ever  encountered this problem. It is actually something that happens to me quite often. You go to the library, either to pick something up or return something. While you’re there you know you have to look through the new releases shelves. Of course , as you scan the books several look interesting and maybe even a book you had seen, say in a book store . So you end up leaving the library with not only the books you came for but a few that you really didn’t need! Yes I always think I can read just a little bit more than I can!!

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This Man Reads…. Proposed January Reads

Proposed January Reading Challenge Reads!

In order to reach my goal of reading 60 books in 2017, I will need to read an average of five books per month.Here are my proposed reads for January of 2017

Reading Challenge: Nonfiction
  1. How to Run the World Parag Khanna

I read Connectivity by Parag Khanna a few months ago. I was fascinated by his analysis of the way that the supply chain has connected the world. This book was written a few years before Connectivity. I love geography and love to learn about the world around me, and right now Parag Khanna may be the best writing about it today!

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New Folk – Paul Sachs – Oil Town

The other day I was checking out the Roots Music Folk Music Chart and there at number 22 was a name I didn’t recognize Paul Sachs. Now if I had attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival I would have known the name because this New York City Singer-Songwriter was named the Festivals Emerging Artist.  Anyway, I’ve been listening to the album over the last week and I agree with the following:

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Book 30 – Northwest Angle – William Kent Krueger

So you know I love books that take mw to places I’ll never see or teach me things I didn’t know and Book 30 of 2011 Northwest Angle is one of them. Author William Kent Krueger set this book the 11th in the Cork O’Connor series in the area of Minnesota known as the Northwest Angle. This pennisula juts into the Lake of the Woods and is the farthest point north in the lower 48 states. You can not reach this piece of the United States by land without going through Canada! It can of course be reach by air or water, and by by water is how the O’Connor clan got there. As the novel begins Cork O’Connor has brought his family together daughters Jenny and Anne and son Stephen and his sister-in-law Rose and husband Mal to the Lake of the Woods on a houseboat for a restful family vacation. On the day Jenny’s boyfriend Aaron is set to arrive, Cork takes Jenny on a side trip to an island he once visited with his spiritual guide Henry Meloux. The island has pictographs of Ojibwe children on the cliffs of the island. But soon the day turns tragic as an unexpexted “Derecho” hits the area. A derecho is another thing that I didn’t know about. It is a powerful storm a bowed line of thunderstorms with wind speeds of a hurricane and causes massive destruction. A derecho hit the Northwest Angle area in July of 1999 you can read about it here. Soon Cork and Jenny are seperated and Jenny lands on an island and finds shelter after the storm she finds a cabin that has been mostly destroyed by the storm a young mother lies dead in the cabin a search of the cabin reveals

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A Great Run and Go Occupy Philadelphia!

Ok so the schedule looks like this: a tempo 4 mile run today – off Tuesday, a slow run on Wednesday two days off and 5K Saturday. So I set out tonight with the iPod on shuffle and genre the blues! Lots of the tracks on the soundtrack were from bands I hadn’t heard for a while so that was good, but the run was better. I hit the first mile mark in 9:13 which was about 25 seconds faster than normal! I made the 2 mile mark at 18:22 again substantially under what I had been running but could I keep it up a 9:25 and 9:19 final mile, made the answer pretty much, yes. Total time 37:06! Damn almost broke 37 minutes, I haven’t done that since August of last year!! And the time then was 36:53 so I’m not that far away! So here’s the soundtrack:

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Sunday Reads – 10/9/11 – Back to the Future!

Think Progress: Lee Fang: Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Do Not Allow Any Legitimacy For Wall Street Protests, Or It Will Be Like 1960s Again

Ah, we can only hope that legitmacy comes to the movement and the US starts to move in the right directions away from the corporate rule whe’re seeing today. At the end of the article there’s a list of things that the ’60s brought us. Let’s see what those ’00s brought us!

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Life’s Soundtrack for a 10 K Run!

So next week I am running a 5K in Delanco so today I decided to go for a long run today. I mapped out a 10-K course around Riverside and Delran. The route has a couple of hills in the first 2.5 miles and then is fairly flat with some long straight streets. I ran the first couple of miles in around 9:30 pace and then around 9:55 or 10.00 for the last 4 miles overall it was a 9:46 per mile pace!

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