#fridayreads take me away

29th April 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.

Yay! It’s Friday, my friends. It has been a stellar week here, what with bookshelves, birthdays, and e-readers. (More on which I chose if I can ever figure out how to edit video.) In the meantime, I’ve got a Friday Reads for you:

Unrealistic? Yes. Full of plot holes? Maybe. But fun? Heck yeah. There’s no denying I need a little John Grisham or Steve Berry action every once in a while.The summary from Grisham’s website (in the true spirit of Friday laziness):

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

I mean, come on. Who can resist? This was a quick, fun read, perfect for a Friday afternoon or evening.

As for me, I’ll be tucked up with Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories before the onslaught of research paper grading. You know you’re jealous. 😉 Well, you can be jealous at least of the Kate Atkinson….

jenn aka the picky girl

P.S. Remember The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton that I reviewed here? It won an Edgar Award last night! Definitely check it out.

  • I love that you picked John Grisham. Excellent Friday Read! At least you’ll get some awesome reading done before you have to grade. Go you!!

    • pickygirl

      Heck yeah! You need some Grisham every now and then. Thanks for the encouragement. Go me!!

  • I’m still reading the same book today that I was reading on Friday: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch. It’s a great read though I’m only reading a few pages a day.

    Case Histories has been on my tbr list so long! I am a little jealous. 😉 Happy reading.

    • pickygirl

      Case Histories was good but very different. It’s a mystery… but unlike any i have ever read. I plan to post about it tomorrow.

  • Ha I haven’t read Grisham in half a lifetime, but I remember his books being quick & entertaining reads! How do you like Case Histories? I have it on my kindle, and have been meaning to get to it soon. I’ve heard good things! Also: one of these days, I’m going to do Friday Reads on my blog – I can’t normally b/c I’m at work, but if I time it just right…

    • pickygirl

      I would love if you joined in! Also, just rezponded to Vasilly about Case Histories. Different but good. Ended up reading two more of hers this weekend.