Patty: Serendipity, I tell ya. The fact that we are reviewing a book on Superbowl Sunday – a book where the hero is a professional football player – is prophetic. Warning: I am aware of football; I understand the general gist of what all is supposed to happen, but I am not a fan nor do I really agree with the purported logic behind the game. Katie hails from one of those states where it’s like a religion, so she might have to clarify some NFLisms or just flat out tell me to STFU. I mean, I didn’t understand 99.9% […]
I fell for it. Even after reading all the 4 and 5 star reviews of this book, I still got sucked in and couldn’t put it down until I finished it at 2:30am. Currently I’m fighting the exhaustion that may cause me to fall asleep at my desk and lose my job. Thanks a lot, Kulti. This is the first book I bought based solely on CBR reviews, and you guys do not disappoint with your recommendations. I won’t dive too deep into a plot summary, because so many of you have done it already, and done it better than […]
I read a lot of romance but like very few. Most are a forgettable trifle but when you find a truly great romance it’s like a great bottle of wine, a rich experience you remember fondly. The truly exceptional romance stories generally have all of the following: Memorable, finely-drawn protagonists Great plot & character arc Smolder A strong romance has 2 while the vast majority have 1 or .5. Kulti has 1.5. However it nailed those so strongly that it comes this close to being a great romance. Sal Casillas is a professional women’s soccer player who is driven, disciplined, […]
I’ve learned a lot about my reading habits since I started cannonballing. For instance, I know that I like Stephen King and Rainbow Rowell above all other writers, and that a sub-par book from them is still going to get at least 4 stars from me. I know that I’m still on the fence with fantasy — but thanks to suggestions from other reviewers like narfna and Malin, I’m making some headway there. I’ve also learned (mostly through trial and error) that I like a contemporary romance better than a period one. I’ve tried. I read the Brothers Sinister books […]
I suspect the usual audience for a run memoir is runners, of the current or former variety. Running can be dreary enough without actually reading about it. (Dancing about architecture, anyone?) So, right off the bat, Tom Foreman’s My Year of Running Dangerously has a bit of an uphill battle with a significant portion of the reading public. Foreman makes a respectable effort at chronicling the descent into madness that is running.
It’s been less than two years since I decided on something of a whim to try climbing and ended up joining a climbing gym. It looked like fun, the gym also offered yoga, and I thought it would improve my grip strength. I still rarely venture outside (so far), but rock climbing has become one of my favorite things. So, as I often do with new obsessions or hobbies, I’ve picked up a few books on the subject. Alex Honnold is a world famous climber, and I find him fascinating. If you didn’t know better, you’d think he’s just a […]
This book is in my top 5 for the year. BethEllen lent it to me as soon as she finished it, I got 3 hours of sleep one night because I couldn’t put it down and my sick kids kept waking me up – so why not keep reading?, and I bought my own copy so I can reread at leisure. Soccer is my sport of choice. I played for years and still love watching it. My husband still plays several times a week and rolls his eyes at me when I tell him I married him for his soccer […]
The cover drew me in: this book looks like it should be a delicate coming-of-age tale about a boy growing into a man, using baseball as an allegory for the wins and swings-and-misses of life. Given the cover model’s relaxed repose (and likely heavily influenced by the amount of fanfic I read, which, as John Cho says “gets gay fast”), I also assumed it would be a tale of a young man discovering his homosexuality. Baseball, young men exploring their sexuality: tick, right up my alley. Instead, The Art of Fielding is about ambition. The main characters are a hard-working shortstop with […]