After being disappointed by the hockey-themed romance Slammed by Victoria Denault, fellow Cannonballer, Emmalita, had some recommendations for me to check out! And this novel Game Play (first in a series called “Power Play” by Lynda Aicher) was definitely an improvement, and I liked the relationship in this one a lot more. But I was still very frustrated by a lot of aspects: the lack of communicating their feelings clearly and talking about things! Is this a common romance trope? Just talk to one another! (I say this as I am the worst for hiding how I’m feeling at times…) […]
A part of the “San Francisco Thunder” series by Victoria Denault, I admit I picked this one up because the title made me chuckle. I’m not usually one to read novels in this kind of romance genre (even though I’m a total romantic sap, so it’s surprising that I haven’t delved into this much before!) so the problem with my doing a review is that I don’t per say have a baseline for what to expect or what is good and/or different in the genre. That said, how very Canadian of me that a hockey-themed romance draws me in… and […]
Best for: Anyone interested in a compelling story about how a professional athlete lives his values. In a nutshell: Former (sniff) Seattle Seahawk and current Philadelphia Eagle team member Michael Bennett shares his prospective on a wide range of topics, including the NCAA, the NFL, racism, and sexism. Lines that sticks with me: “They also tell us to stick to sports when we speak out on issues. But they don’t seem to have a problem when we’re making commercials, selling their kids sneakers they can’t afford or fast food that will give them colon cancer.” “But none of this is […]
I wouldn’t call myself a sporty person. I hated PE growing up (first thing on a Monday morning!!). Shivering on a muddy field in the freezing temperatures of northern England. The boys in their long sleeved rugby tops, us girls in short skirts and navy knickers (so archaic it’s ridiculous). The only options in winter were netball and hockey, two sports I loathed. Nothing about my physical education made me want to exercise. It wasn’t fun. It felt like a punishment. So I was as surprised as anyone when I started playing a team sport aged 29. I found roller […]
Last month, Trevor Noah interviewed Jason Reynolds on the Daily Show and even before I had read any of his books, I became a fan. He talked about writing, reading, and young people in a powerful way and made a strong argument for the need to write books that would have spoken to him as a young teen growing up in the inner city. I’ve been a follower of the We Need Diverse Books organization and without mentioning the hashtag, Reynolds made their argument with heart and humor. In Ghost, Reynolds starts a four-book series about a group of middle […]
Well, I’m not quite to the level of reading all this author’s stuff (it is very aggressively male, which I can tolerate in a sports romance, but I’m not sure about elsewhere). But I am very much in for the rest of this series. I hope it’s longer than three books. This time around, we follow Simeon Boudreaux, who we met last book as one of Gavin Brawley’s best (only) friends and teammates on the Barons, a fake New York professional football team. Simeon is a genuine Famous Athlete. Even non-sports people know his name. And of course Simeon is recently […]
I’m a gym nerd, as we affectionately refer to ourselves on the gymternet. I have a tumblr appropriately full of tumbling gifs, a Patreon subscription to Lauren Hopkins’ Gymternet site, and a YouTube history full of old meets that I’ve watched a thousand times.
So this is my 2nd full Cannonball. I did a half in CBR 7, and finished my review for my 52nd book for CBR8 on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure what happened this year, but I’m super early with my 52nd book! Anyway, my final book last year was suggested by my niece, and it was a meaningful book (The BFG), so I wanted my Cannonball book to be a meaningful one this year. I was in the middle of a few books, and I was struggling to find one that fit the bill. Then, in the middle of […]