Saturday Afternoons

woman reading a book

The bliss of a good book.

 

What’d you do today?

Chores, errands, coach your kid’s baseball game?
Did your day feel like another day at work, but without pay?

Don’t hate me, but today was fun.
I felt a little like Huck Finn playing hooky from school.
I have all these flowers waiting to be artfully arranged in my big terra cotta pots, where they can put down roots and live out their short ‘annual’ lives under the light shade of the patio.  But the wind is blowing and stirring up all the Spring pollen, so I retreated inside.  Oh, there’s plenty to do in the house, but I had about 100 pages left in ‘my book’, and I surrendered.
What can I say in my defense?
Freudian slip there.
My book is John Grisham’s newest Courtroom novel.
I succumbed to my weakness, took off the gardening gloves, put up my feet, and read.
I read a real book.  A hardback book.  And I loved it.
If anyone had asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day I’d say, another good book and a windy afternoon to justify staying inside and reading.

I’ve been in love with John Grisham ever since the early 90’s when I read The Firm.
Not the man, the author.
He’s a weaver of tales, a teller of stories, and I can’t get enough.
The South is to me, Grisham’s South.  A place of outward civility and a dark underbelly of racial injustice.
He now has to share it with Mary Kay Andrews though.  Her South is populated with ‘strong southern women’ and great antiques.

Long before books on tape, or eBooks, I enjoyed the feel of holding a book and reading.
Today reaffirmed that tactile experience.

Are you a Grisham fan?
Then Sycamore Row won’t disappoint.
Here’s a synopsis from Grisham’s website
http://www.jgrisham.com/sycamore-row/

WHILE YOU”RE THERE, read his Bio.
It reminds me of Daniel Silva, author of The Unlikely Spy
A Wall Street guy who had a fascination with WWII and who got up very early to work on his novel before going to work.
I guess you get to the top of the NY Times Booklist one day at a time :D and without giving up your Day Job.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Unlikely-Spy-Daniel-Silva/dp/0451209303

Grisham’s novels are stand alones and the characters live and die, so to speak, within the pages of a single book.
I’m sure he could write a series, but hasn’t done so yet.
If you have a little OCD, like me, here’s a list in chronological order.

http://johngrishambooklist.com/john-grisham-books-in-order/

For Summer Fluff and Beach Reads may I suggest Mary Kay Andrews.
I started with her Savannah series, but went on to devour them all.

http://www.amazon.com/Savannah-Blues-Mary-Kay-Andrews/dp/0060519134/ref=sr_1_1_title_2_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399765749&sr=1-1&keywords=mary+kay+andrews+savannah+series

I also like Wendy Wax and Grace Greene when it’s too hot to be in a stuffy courtroom!
I buy them used & in paperback.
It’s just us girls as we float in the pool on really hot July and August afternoons.

6 Comments on “Saturday Afternoons

  1. If you like suspense, based in the South, “Dawn’s Light” is my latest novel. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend it but hey, I wrote it. :-)

    • OK, now I’m all self-conscious that you’re reading my blog!!!
      I’m heading right over Sue to see you About page or Books page and get Dawn’s Light :D

  2. I’ve always really enjoyed John Grisham. There’s nothing better than sitting back with a good book! I just finished Francine River’s latest: Bridge to Haven. I’d loaned it to a friend before I’d read it and was counting the days before I got it back. I just love losing myself in good fiction!

    • I can’t believe this! Francine’s new book Bridge To Haven is my newest purchase for a new Book Club I just joined. We’ll talk once I finish it, OK.

  3. Nice! This proves it. It doesn’t matter what the day brings, it’s what you make of it.

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