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review 2018-05-10 12:18
Running. Autobiografia mistrza snookera - Simon Hattenstone,Ronnie O'Sullivan

Czy są wśród Was fani snookera? Jeśli tak, a nie czytaliście jeszcze książki, którą chcę dzisiaj polecić to koniecznie nadróbcie tę zaległość.

„Running. Autobiografia mistrza snookera” to opowieść - pięciokrotnego mistrza świata w snookerze oraz zdobywcy licznych trofeów i laurów w tej dyscyplinie - Ronniego O’Sullivana  o jego życiu, które od dzieciństwa nie należało do łatwych.

Ronnie wraz z Simonem Hattenstone’m dziennikarzem „The Guardian” odsłaniają przed czytelnikami kulisy dzieciństwa, młodości oraz życia prywatnego i sportowego znanego praktycznie na całym świecie snookerzysty.
42-letni dziś sportowiec do bólu szczerze, a jednocześnie bez wytwarzania atmosfery zbędnej sensacji opowiada o swoich zmaganiach z nadużywaniem alkoholu i narkotyków. Pisze o problemach w domu rodzinnym, heroicznej walce o dzieci oraz o swojej drugiej pasji, jaką jest bieganie.

W książce dokładnie tak, jak ma to miejsce w życiu Ronnie’go radość miesza się ze smutkiem, euforia z depresją, wiara w siebie z wewnętrznym poczuciem przegranej z własnymi słabościami.
„Running…” jest napisaną przystępnym językiem, maksymalnie szczerą i nieubarwianą historią człowieka z jednej strony zmagającego się z ogromnymi problemami różnorakiej natury, z drugiej natomiast posiadającego niesamowity talent do gry w snookera.

Dzięki różnym opowieściom Ronnie’go mamy szansę zajrzeć niejako za kulisty wielu prestiżowych snookerowych rozgrywek. O’Sullivan nie szczędzi czytelnikom również wielu zabawnych anegdot, które wydarzyły się poza czujnym okiem telewizyjnych kamer.

Jest to jednak książka nie tylko o snookerze, traktuje ona o pasji – nie tylko do wbijania bil, lecz także do biegania - pomagającej wybrnąć mu z wielu kłopotów, a niekiedy wręcz utrzymującej Ronnie’go mówiąc kolokwialnie „na powierzchni”. Dużo miejsca poświecono też miłości ojcowskiej O’Sullivana do swoich dzieci oraz temu jak ważna jest i zawsze była w jego życiu rodzina i przyjaciele.

Czytając „Running…” przekonujemy się, że życie znanych i bogatych wcale nie jest usłane różami, a bywa wręcz przeciwnie, z czego siedząc przed szklanym ekranem i podziwiając naszego idola często nie zdajemy sobie sprawy.

Książkę czyta się dobrze, chociaż miejscami bywa ona nieco chaotyczna. Fakt ten czyni ją jednak w moich oczach jeszcze bardziej autentyczną i opartą o emocje targające w życiu O’Sullivanem.

Zatem jeśli lubicie autobiografie, a zarazem chcecie poczytać o człowieku z krwi i kości, któremu pomimo ogromnej kariery nie są również obce życiowe trudy i znoje to zapraszam Was do lektury tego tytułu.
 
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https://ksiazkowoczyta.blogspot.com/2018/05/zycie-ma-talent-do-kopania-w-tyek-gdy.html

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review 2018-05-05 20:42
North
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail - Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek!  I didn't think it was possible for me to love him more than I already did.  Having read his book Eat and Run and Christopher McDougall's Born to Run, I already considered him a role model and inspiration in the realms of ultrarunning, endurance sport, vegan athletes, and human decency.  When he was making his attempt at a new FKT (fastest known time) for a supported through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2015, like many people, I was tracking his progress online, reading updates and hoping he'd meet his goal.  Although I'd seen reports about injuries, adverse weather, and other obstacles, I was interested to know more about the 46+-day experience.  When I saw North on a list of recommended books for runners, I was eager to grab the audiobook from my library's e-collection.  The library didn't actually own the edition (yet) when I first searched for it, but I put in a recommendation on the title, and was pleased when I received the notice that the library had obtained it and put me on the list.

 

The audio edition is narrated by Scott Jurek and Jenny Jurek, in alternating chapters.  I loved getting the two different perspectives on what led to the FKT attempt and the experience of executing it. Before Scott's decision to take on the AT, Jenny had gone through a life-threatening loss of an ectopic pregnancy, and Scott had reached an impasse with his running, where he'd train for ultra races but take a DNF because he wasn't feeling it.  What could he do to regain his old spark?  While on a hike together, Jenny challenged him to figure out how to do just that, and the idea of trying for an AT FKT came to him.  The more he thought about it, the more he liked the idea.

 

They drove from their Colorado home to the southern start of the AT, in Georgia, in their black van dubbed Castle Black (love the Game of Thrones reference!).  Going north on the trail is known as NoBo (northbound) as opposed to starting in Maine and heading down to Georgia being SoBo (southbound).  Scott had been warned that this way was "backwards" and "harder," but he was undaunted.  

 

One of the cool things that came through in this book was the awesomeness of the running community and ultra community.  Both Jureks acknowledge that they couldn't have succeeded without the help of friends as well as strangers who jumped in to offer help in the form of food, companionship, advice, and encouragement when it was most needed.  And in that same spirit, Scott was back the next year, supporting Karl "Speedgoat" Melzer in a successful new AT FKT attempt.  

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this to running enthusiasts, ultra enthusiasts, Jurek enthusiasts, and "challenging endeavors that push a person to their personal edge and make them a better version of themselves" enthusiasts.

 

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review 2018-05-04 04:03
Dead Girl Running - Christina Dodd

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign. 

 

 

I always have a hard time with rating thrillers. I’m pickier with them than with other genres, and I usually end up rating them somewhere in the middle which is exactly what happened with this book (hence my 3.5 stars).

 

I loved how the book started off. The opening chapter was really good and helped set up the overall plot line well. 

 

The succeeding chapters, were a bit of an information dump. You get the main character’s backstory and get introduced to a ton of characters. I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and who they were. 

 

The mystery was very interesting so I was eager to keep reading. I found that I really enjoyed the writing style. Christian Dodd is an excellent writer. I had just finished reading a not-that-great chick lit book before picking up this book, so the writing in this was a nice change.

 

The book kind of stalled a bit towards the middle, but picked up tremendously towards the end. There was a lot of action in the last 70 pages. However, there were some scenarios towards the end that didn’t feel very realistic so I didn’t love that. 

 

The book does end in a slight cliffhanger, so I am interested in reading the next book.

 

Overall, this was a well written thriller, but it did have its flaws. 

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text 2018-05-03 17:31
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 368 pages.
Dead Girl Running - Christina Dodd
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review 2018-04-27 15:07
4.3 Out Of 5 "musically inspired" STARS
Running Barefoot - Amy Harmon

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Running Barefoot

Amy Harmon

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When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy crashes headlong into new-comer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young friend behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding Josie in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Beautiful writing mixed with beautiful characters, Amy Harmon pulls both these off with such a tender thoroughness.  Running Barefoot is no exception, despite my not loving quite as much as I did Making Faces.  If you are an old soul, you will readily connect with Samuel, Josie and their story. While I don't really consider myself an old soul, I still found this an uplifting story that inevitably pulled at the heartstrings.  Amy Harmon...you rock at storytelling.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Narration~4  -Tavia Gilbert…you know, I've realized, after listening to several of the books she narrates that all her male voices sound exactly the same.

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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