No longer bound to a 24/7 workweek, my wife and I managed to avoid the horrible winter of 2014 by being in sunny Florida. But it was not a time for beach and sun — we kept busy with classes, reading, studying, concerts (both in the audience and as participants) and other activities that the time flew by.

Each year I save up the new books I want to read for the trip; books on politics, religion, history and especially novels. These include Nevada Barr, who writes mysteries about National Parks (we’ve been to most of them); Les Roberts, whose Cleveland detective writes about places in which I grew up; Sara Paretsky, the former CNA Chicago insurance claim attorney I once met; Daniel Silva, whose Israeli secret service assassin, Gabriel Allon, is bound to thrill; and finally the first two books of Ken Follett’s “Century Trilogy,” all 1926 pages of them.

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