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Twelve of My Favorite Mystery Reads of 2016!

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 - Tim Marshall
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

Lazarus War:Artefact a proposed January Reading Challenge Read

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!

Reading Challenge: Science Fiction

2. Lazarus War: Artefact – Jamie Sawyer

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This Man Read’s 2017 Reading Challenges…

The foundation of This Man Reads reading challenges!

This Man Reads 2017 Reading Challenges…..

Two  years ago I signed up for several Reading Challenges on various websites. The result was that the challenges helped me remain more focused with my reading. So last year I created my own Reading Challenges. They were meant to keep me focused and reading a variety of books. So here is my 2017 version.

I probably should have created these reading challenges back  in December, but I was too busy trying to get past 51 books to do it!   But you know that they always say,”Better Late than Never”. So here are my 2017 Reading Challenges. My overall reading challenge is to read 60 books. I didn’t reach that goal in 2016, but I did read more books in 2016 that 2015 so maybe I can reach the goal this year!!

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Welcome to This Man Reads….

The foundation of This Man Reads reading challenges!

Yes, This Man Reads and Loves Every Minute of it! So Please Join ME!

Good Morning and Welcome to This Man Reads!  I’m Ed Karn and I am the Man who reads!  There aren’t many times throughout the day that I am not reading! For me reading is like breathing it’s what you do to live! It’s what you do to relax, to learn, to grow! To me it is as important as anything you do. Yes, for me READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!

I have been blogging since 2010 and since I know that I suffer from ADD my blogs have been all over the place. They have covered a variety of  topics including;  the music that I listen to, the exercising and dieting I do to turn back my biologic clock and my family. This year though I have decided at least for six months to focus solely on books and reading. I separate the two because you can read a lot of other things besides books. And I read them all! You can read magazines, website posts, Hell, you can even read the dictionary or the encyclopedia like I did when I was young! Opps, I do love to read Wikipedia now!!

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A 2016 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

Runaway - Peter May a reading challenges book

So since Christmas I have been very bad about writing anything. Sometimes I find myself in a writing funk and well this is one of those times!  We had a great Christmas and like everyone it went by to quickly. Our whole family spent the morning at.Andrew and Meaghan’s . It’s the one house that has enough room for all of us and all the presents for everyone, particularly the two little ones!

Anyway everyone had a good time and I think all of the kids big and little liked their presents. I know I liked mine! I’ll write more about mine over the weekend.

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25 Books Read in 2016 That Are Part of a Great Series!

The Kept Woman - Karin Slaughter part of the Will Trent series

25 Books Read in 2016 That Are Part of a Great Series

2016 has been another great reading year! My goal was to read 60 books and while I will probably fall about 7 or 8 books short of that goal, I will have read more books than last year. All total I will probably read 52 or 53 books. Of those 50 some books, around 30 are mysteries or thrillers.

Of those 30 mysteries 25 of the books a part of series. Most are from series that I have been a fan of for years. These include: Carol O’Connell‘s Mallory series, Harlan Coben‘s Myron Bolitar, Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent and William Kent Krueger‘s Cork O’Conner series  With the exception of the Will Trent series, all these series are greater than 10 books in length!

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Update: With December Reads, I Tie 2015 Total!

With Four Books Read in December I Tie My 2015 Total Books Read

So I haven’t posted anything for a week, but that doesn’t mean that things haven’t been happening. Hey, it’s Christmas time there’s always lots to do! Most of it has been things around the house, but there’s also work at Target and babysitting Zoe. Then again maybe it’s just that I have been lazy about writing! The one thing that I have done is reading.   These are the four books that I have finished so far this month

December Reads

Book 48Flip – Kevin Cook – I really enjoyed this book about one of the top black comedians of the 60s and 70s. The book opened my eyes to many aspects of Wilson’s life. The of the aspects of his life that I knew little about was his early life and his drug use before and during his famous TV show. The book did bring back a lot of memories and smiles though. It has been many years since I.thought about :”Chris gonna’ find Ray Charles! and The Devil Made Me Do it!

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Home – Harlan Coben

Home - Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben – Home – (Myron Bolitar # 11)

Home is the book 11 in the Myron Bolitar series from Harlan Coben. Once again Harlan both fictionally and writingwise brings it Home! Home revolves around the ten year-old kidnapping of two boys Patrick and Rhys. The boys were captured, while they were playing at Patrick’s home. The kidnappers demanded ransom but nothing more was heard  about the boys. Until Rhys’ mother Brooke receives an anonymous tip that Patrick was spotted in London. Quickly, she calls her brother Win Lockwood to check it out. Win tracks down Patrick in London. He kills three men hassling Patrick, but Patrick flees the site. So Win calls his best friend Myron Bolitar for help!! They find Patrick and bring him Home but questions remain unanswered….

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The Twenty Three – Book 3 of the Promise Falls Trilogy

The Twenty Three - Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay  – The Promise Falls Trilogy

One of m favorite author over the last several years has been Linwood Barclay. His books are always very interesting and they are very character driven. Most times the story revolves around one main character who is thrust into an extraordinary situation. While Barclay’s book are considered stand alone thrillers Barclay has brought back characters for a second go-around. No Safe House was the second installment in the story of Terry Archer and his family. No Safe House picks up the story of the Archer family seven years after the events recounted in No Time for Goodbye

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