It took me a little longer than usual to get into John Grisham’s latest, The Litigators, but when I finally did, I sped through it like I do most of his novels.

The Litigators is a little more comical than I remember from Grisham’s previous books. It’s the story of how a young corporate attorney partners with two injury lawyers and their hapless attempt to bring down one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It’s a great read once you get past the slow start.

Cindy’s father sends our family the same Christmas gift every year and one we always look forward to — a Barnes and Noble gift card. We head out to the store usually on a wintry day and spend an hour or two picking out books. This year I mostly hung out with Micah in the children’s section and, when he tired of that, in the cafe where we shared a cookie. I was able to use my portion of the gift card to purchase Nook books that I can read on my iPad using the Nook app.

Here are the three I purchased:

  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obrehet — I’m more than half way through this one. A great story about a young doctor remembering her doctor grandfather. Though Obrehet doesn’t say where the story is set, it could be former Yugoslavia. A nice change of scenery from most of the novels I read set in America.
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides — I make it a habit to find prize-winning authors (Eugenides won the Pulitzer for Middlesex) to see what makes them so great. I haven’t started this one yet.
  • Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo — Another Pulitzer winner (for Empire Falls) and an author I’ve grown to love. I was excited to learn that his earlier novels, including this one, became available as ebooks.

I’m reading some non-fiction books right now too, of course. You’ll see a review soon of Walking in the Dust of the Rabbi Jesus, which I just finished, as well as Bonhoeffer.

So what are you reading?

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