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url 2017-03-08 17:17
Tournament of Books Play-In
The Sport of Kings: A Novel - Morgan E.C. Sant
The Throwback Special: A Novel - Chris B... The Throwback Special: A Novel - Chris Bachelder
Sudden Death: A Novel - Álvaro Enrigue,Natasha Wimmer

Featuring three novels all to do with sports that I haven't read, one of which I plan to read and won this pre-tournament round.

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review 2017-02-12 14:14
Recommend flipping through before borrowing/buying.
The YogaFit Athlete: Up Your Game with Sport-Specific Poses to Build Strength, Flexibility, and Balance - Beth Shaw

It's a book that is supposed to utilize specific yoga poses to enhance/supplement/compliment your workouts. Goodreads says: "Yoga routines designed specifically for swimming, running, cycling, golf, tennis, baseball, football, volleyball, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, weight lifting, kickboxing, boxing, CrossFit, and more!" I'm not a hardcore athlete and I haven't even tried most of these sports. But it sounded interesting.

 

It's not. I found this book very disappointing for what it purports to do. There are pictures plus descriptions of what the pose is, how to perform it, how to modify it, etc. And there are some that are assigned to particular forms of exercises. That's about it.

 

As a beginner of yoga, I had hoped there would be more to it. You can find most of this information online if you don't already know it. There is no specific table of contents that tells what poses go with what particular exercises (you find them as you go along in the book). If you're new to exercise as a whole or perhaps to the particular form of exercise you're interested in then it might be helpful.

 

But otherwise I was not surprised to read that the book is a rehash of previously published materials by the same author. I wasn't familiar with her or her work before picking up this book from the library but I was disappointed.

 

I wouldn't really recommend it unless you're a true beginner/am just getting into exercise, want ideas on how to integrate yoga with your other workout routines, etc. And even then I'd recommend you flip through this book first and compare with her other works to see which book is a best fit for you. Borrowed this one from the library and am glad.

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review 2017-01-30 19:08
Review: The Sport of Baronets (Romance on the Turf series prequel) by Theresa Romain
The Sport of Baronets (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain

Romance Bingo - Regency square

 

A fun way to spend an afternoon. The plot was a bit predictable, but the author made the characters and dialogue shine. This was my first time reading a Theresa Romain book, but it certainly won't be my last. The setting of Newmarket and the horse race craziness rang really true for me, as I live near Newmarket and visit every so often. And you can't beat a Regency that does not have balls, marriage mart mayhem, or much in the way of titled society (the ranks of both families were recently bestowed and were lowly baronets); yet it still felt historical. The one sticking point for me was that out-of-the-blue sex scene that didn't make any sense in the storyline at the time - it felt very much thrown in at the last minute and I took half a star off my rating.

 

 

I read an excerpt of book one and liked it enough to pick it up when it goes on sale.

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