This past week was Fall Break at my school, which meant no classes for the week.
Usually, it’s a week I use to get caught up on things at school such as grading and prepping for upcoming classes. But I was able to take care of most of that before the week began, so that it would free up some time during the week to do some reading.
And so that’s what I did.
The first book was pure happenstance. One of my car tires had a screw stuck in it, so I brought it to a local tire place. They told me they would be able to get to it in about an hour to an hour and a half, so I walked to a nearby McDonald’s and I ordered a coffee and sat down at one of the tables. The first thing I did, naturally, was to check my WordPress stats. After doing that, I still had potentially an 80-minute wait for my car.
So I decided to log onto the local library website and see if there were any good books to download. Surprisingly, a recent Grisham novel was available immediately, so I downloaded it to my phone and was reading it within two minutes. The book, Camino Winds, is the second Grisham book set on Camino Island. Like I have found with all of his books, I was hooked by the end of the first page, and had it finished within a day. It was an enjoyable read.
The second book was also somewhat of a surprise. My wife had put my name on the waiting list for Stephen King’s latest novel, Billy Summers. I thought it would be a few months before I got to the top of the list, but then she told me that she had gotten a notice from the library that the book was in.
I think it is only the second Stephen King novel I have read, having read Under the Dome this summer. But like Grisham, King seems to have the ability to get the reader hooked quickly. I thought the book was a real page-turner, and I could not put it down. Two nights in a row I went to bed and used the light from my iPhone to read the book. It brought me back to my childhood and reading under the covers with a flashlight.
I finished the book in two days, and I am sure part of the reason for getting through it so quickly was the desire to finish it before I start back to teaching on Monday. The fact that the book was so good made it easy to want to keep reading it every spare moment I had.
So when I look back on this week, it was a productive one: a few Zoom meetings, getting some schoolwork done, and the best part, reading two good books.
I’m already thinking about what book(s) to read when the semester is over…
*image from Wallpaper Flare