In Other Reading . . .

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share a bit about some of the other books that I've been reading.

 Gridiron genius by michael lombardi

It is the most wonderful time of the year for football fans. Football season is starting and football books are being released. Gridiron Genius by Michael Lombardi (no relation to Vince) is a behind-the-scenes look at what makes some NFL teams so great. I had the opportunity to read an advance review copy via Netgalley so I can't quote from the book but there are a few lines that are just genius/borderline snarky in the humor. I hope they made it to the final edition. The book would be great for all football fans and students of the game. Gridiron Genius is available for preorder now and will be released September 11, 2018.

 Shattered mirror by sarah price

Shattered Mirror by Sarah Price tells the story of a mother fighting to save her son from drug addiction. Kelly Martin is a single mother who is the only one in her son's life willing to face the reality that he is in trouble. Her ex-husband, her family, and her community offer no support, preferring to avoid the issue or blame her parenting for his addiction. Shattered Mirror offers a hopeful story to those facing similar struggles with addiction. It is free to read via Kindle Unlimited.

 Belle by sarah price

The same Sarah Price who wrote Shattered Mirror might be best known for her Amish fiction. I grew up near an Old-Order Mennonite community so once in awhile I get a craving for books about that simple, tech-free life. Sarah Price is my favorite author for these stories. Her books are true to the Amish faith and lifestyle. It is a wonderful change of pace from business books and psychological thrillers. (In full disclosure, I much prefer her books that are not based on retellings, but all of her writing is solid.) Belle is the first in the Amish Fairytale series.

 The hiltons by j randy taraborrelli

If you follow me on Instagram or have read some of my other linkup posts, you know that I love J. Randy Taraborrelli. His biographies are very well-written and well-researched. The Hiltons is about the rise of Conrad Hilton and his hotel empire. I could've gone without the mentions of Paris but I suppose there is some relevance to the story and it really is a tiny portion of the 500+ page book. I can't decide which of Taraborrelli's books to read next.

What have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments. I'm always looking to add to my TBR list.

5 Football Books to Kick Off the Season

5 New Nonfiction Football Books || One Book Blog

In honor of the start to the 2017-2018 NFL season, here are 5 new nonfiction books about football.

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Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports

By: Dr. Bennet Omalu with Mark Tabb

While I had 2 concerns when I began reading Truth Doesn't Have a Side, this book turned out to be my favorite of the five. The first concern I had was about the amount of scientific or medical detail that might be used to explain CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). I don't enjoy science and was concerned that I would be drowning in medical terminology. But the explanations were very well done; they were detailed enough to present a clear picture but not so detailed as to lose the average reader.

My second concern was due to my love of sport. I freely admit I romanticize the game. I love football. I love the physicality. I love the athleticism. I am in awe of the agility and strength the players have. I think it is a beautiful sport. So I was scared to read the book because, selfishly, I didn’t want to lose those feelings. And I didn’t. I still think football is a beautiful game. Omalu presents the evidence in a matter-of-fact way so that emotion is never part of the equation. The brain is vulnerable. It's floats around inside the skull. No helmet is capable of protecting the brain. It's simple science.

Aside from football, I was saddened to read about the prejudice Omalu has experienced in America. I just don't understand how we can be so cruel to one another simply because of the color of one’s skin or nationality. I'm sorry that America and Americans did not live up to his childhood idealism of our country. I wish we were better people. 

Regarding football, I remain conflicted. I love the game and I will continue to tune in every Sunday while praying for the players' safety and trying to ignore what my conscience is telling me.

My First Coach || One Book Blog

My First Coach: Inspiring Stories of NFL Quarterbacks and Their Dads

By: Gary Myers

This is a book that tells the stories of nine quarterbacks and the influence their fathers had on their football careers, from little league to the NFL. Chapters include stories from first families of football such as the Mannings and the Harbaughs as well as newcomers like Jameis Winston. 

The book isn’t just about quarterbacks and their fathers, though. It also includes stories from the sons of Phil Simms and Joe Montana. Can you imagine the scrutiny you face when you are playing football and your dad is Joe Montana? 

I particularly enjoyed the stories of John Elway, Phil Simms, and Joe Montana who were football stars before I came to appreciate the game. I had no idea Elway also played baseball for the Oneonta Yankees. I was born in that area of NY and still have extended family there. 

(Gary Myers also wrote another excellent book called Brady vs Manning.)

Blitzed || One Book Blog

Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks

By: Thomas George

Drafting a rookie quarterback that can develop into a franchise quarterback is the dream for all NFL teams. Blitzed is about the different approaches taken by teams to develop their rookie quarterbacks. For example, he compares the approach taken by the Philadelphia Eagles with Carson Wentz to the approach taken by the LA Raiders with Jared Goff.  He also talks about quarterbacks who’ve done well in their rookie years—such as Dak Prescott—as well as those who didn’t work out—like Ryan Leaf.

The things that turn a rookie QB into a franchise QB—Do you sit him out so he can watch and learn? Do you start him right away? Will he and the head coach mesh well? Does he, at a young age, possess the professionalism to mature into a great player? How will he handle the pressures, the adversity? What kind of support will the team provide? How is the rest of the offensive line? Is the protection there for him to play well? It’s an interesting look into the many variables that decide who will be successful and who will be a bust.

Champion's Way || One Book Blog

Champion’s Way

By Mike McIntire

Champions Way is a well-written look at the seedy side of college football, specifically at Florida State. It's sad and discouraging when winning is more important than people. And the way these young men are taken advantage of? When they come out without even a college education? It’s unethical and it makes me question how complicit I am just by being a football fan.

4th & Goal Everyday || One Book Blog

4th & Goal Every Day

By: Phil Savage with Ray Glier

I’ll be honest and confess that I didn’t finish this book. Not because it was poorly written or a bad story but it is heavily geared toward the Alabama fan. There’s a lot of names, game plays, and statistics thrown around that are probably common knowledge to someone who follows closely Alabama football but for someone like me who just happens to catch an SEC game on the occasional Saturday? I was lost pretty quickly. However, if you’re a #rolltide fan, you should definitely check it out.

*All of these books were obtained either through Edelweiss or Netgalley. I was provided digital review copies in exchange for feedback. An review posted to my blog was not a requirement.*

Some Of What I've Been Reading...

Simple Decorating || One Book Blog

Simple Decorating by Melissa Michaels—Summer is the time I do major house cleaning, organizing, etc. so now is when I tend to read a lot of decorating and home organizing books.

My Ideal Bookshelf || One Book Blog

My Ideal Bookshelf Art by Jane Mount Edited by Thessaly La Force—The illustrations in this book are amazing! I wish I could draw like that.

Secrets From the Eating Lab || One Book Blog

Secrets From the Eating Lab by Traci Mann—I linked to the paperback copy but as of right now, the ebook is on sale at Amazon for $1.99

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

Dream More by Dolly Parton—I loved this little book. It felt so authentic, so real, as if Dolly was right there with me saying, "You got this, girl. Go write that book." It's funny and real and there is a fair amount of Dolly speaking about her faith but it's not at all preachy. It's very genuine.

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki—While I'm not prepared to take things to the level the author has, I really enjoyed the book and agreed with many of his points.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser—The writing book everyone says you should read.

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew—I almost dismissed this book as being applicable only to new/young graduates but that would have been a mistake. The job market is so different now, we could all benefit in learning how things are done today.

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

Fear No Evil by Charles Haley and Jeff Sullivan—Haley talks about his time playing football from high school through college and the NFL. He also talks about how being bipolar affected his career and beyond.

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan—What is the one thing you can do right now? The whole book is great but Fig. 24 was the most helpful for me in showing me how to fulfill my long-term goals.

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

In the Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim—No way am I asking my neighbors for a sleepover but the book did give me some things to think about in regards to how I can be a better neighbor.

Some of What I've Been Reading || One Book Blog

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton—a good read. The most interesting thing to me wasn't so much about Twitter as it was all the instances the media seemed to accept things at face value. 

What have you been reading? Please share!