Friday, August 29, 2008

Vacation Books


Earlier this week I started reading John Grisham’s book, "Playing for Pizza." A friend of mine saw the book on my table and said that her son had read the book and did not care for it. I had just started the book, but now I was thinking, "Great, what is wrong with this book?" I kept reading, but I just had that dread that something would go terribly wrong with the plot and I would hate the book. As I got further into the book, I was really enjoying it. It was a light read – nothing serious. "Playing for Pizza" is about a NFL quarterback who ends up in Parma, Italy playing football Americano. I loved the descriptions of life in Italy having been there and done that. I loved the characters and I like football. I kept reading, not just because I was enjoying the story, but because I wondered when it would turn sour. It never did. The book was just fun entertainment – no hi-tech, spills and thrills, no deep serious plot, but just good fun. I finished the book with a smile on my face. Now I am wondering around the house looking for something to read next thinking, "Darn, I wish I had not absorbed that book so quickly."

Becky, you would probably like the book since you have lived in Italy and you love football. I thought about you all through the book.

Last year while we were in Canada, I did lots of painting and read about five books in one month. There is something about being at home that I just do not get enough time to do that much reading. I read quite a bit while in Scotland too. I think I need to go somewhere. When we were in Italy several years ago, we each took a book (mostly for the plane trip). We ended up trading books and all of us reading the other’s book. I read my first Clive Cussler at that time - what a silly man. We did not have nearly enough books on that trip. Italian TV was interesting, but a language problem. TV in Scotland was really lacking unless you were a soccer fan and we did watch some soccer, but I read quite a few books on that trip.

We may be heading off to Lubbock this weekend to see Toby’s mom. Jesse is taking my mom and going to Austin to see her beloved Uncle Craig. Austin is much more fun than Lubbock, but we do the things we have to do. I think I need a good book.

11 comments:

Fire Fox said...

Hi Lou! Have you read the Red Tent yet?

Bag Blog said...

FF, I have not read that - I will check it out. thanks

Buck said...

You pushed my guilt button again. The last book I read was "Guests of the Ayatollah," and I finished that well over a year ago. I've just quit reading books, although I do keep up with the magazines I subscribe to... mostly. I blame the inter-tubes, coz I spend waaay too much time reading on-line. One could say "Yes, but you read!" And that would be true... except for the fact that books are "special," in the truest sense of the word. (sigh)

Maybe **I** need to take a trip. I bought three books for the flight out to Maine a couple of years ago, and read them all.

Bag Blog said...

Buck, I know I have a good book when it draws me away from the computer.

Becky said...

It sounds like a book I'd like. Thanks for thinking of me.

Italian TV--I'll never forget watching The Dukes Of Hazzard in Italian! Too funny!

Bag Blog said...

Becky, "Bonanza" was pretty funny. Let me tell you Little Joe could speak some Italian!

Mrs. Bear said...

I have loved everything Grisham has written. I have read all of them. I to love to read and am working on one currently!!!! Now about Lubbock not being as much fun as Austin...Hummm...remember Brian and I are in the Lubbock area that that make Lubbock more fun!!!!!

mlh said...

I haven't read the new Grisham book, but you make it sound interesting and I'm glad you were able to finish it despite the worries. Also, thanks for stopping by my place, especially on the holiday weekend.

Love the blog! I'll most definitely be coming for more visits.

Inquiries said...

Hope you have a good weekend!

Bag Blog said...

Mlh, Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I will be back to your blog too.

Jo Castillo said...

Gene and son David are missing Dirk Pitts. Hmmm. Have you tried Vince Flynn? They are both reading his books now.

I haven't been reading, too many blogs.... drat.