Ron Blomberg – Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story

Still needing a healthy baseball fix until spring training starts very shortly, I decided to download this on a whim from Amazon since it was included for free with audio in my Kindle Unlimited subscription. If I’m honest, I’d never heard of Ron Blomberg when I downloaded the book, and after reading the book, I can kind of understand why. His only real highlight was becoming the first ever Designated Hitter, which was purely a result...

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Dirk Hayhurst – Bigger Than the Game

Dirk Hayhurst was one of the first people I followed on Twitter, way back in 2009, and I’ve been keeping a keen eye on him ever since. I absolutely adored his first two books, The Bullpen Gospels and Out of My League, and I was very excited for this one too. When it first came out, I already had a to-read pile longer than my arm, so I left it for a little while before I bought it, but I really wish I hadn’t! And as I expected, I...

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A. J. Jacobs – The Year of Living Biblically

I decided to read this book as a bit of an impulse. When I joined the library, I was looking around to see what kind of books they had, and I took a look at their religious section. This one kind of jumped out at me, it looked like an interesting concept: a guy decides that he’s going to spend an entire year living to the rules in the Bible. I couldn’t help but pick it up and see what it was all about! Obviously some rules are easier...

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Michael Mayne – A Year Lost and Found

Sometimes, a book comes into your life at just the right time, and this was so perfectly timed it’s untrue. I only picked it up by a random choice when I was browsing the religion section at the library. It stuck out to me for some reason so I checked it out. And it turned out to be completely perfect for what is going on in my life right now. Michael Mayne was a priest struck down with a seemingly mysterious illness. The doctors...

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Ian Mortimer – The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England

I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this book when my boyfriend bought me it for Christmas, as it’s not really my usual kind of book, but I love learning new things so I was excited to give it a try. If I hadn’t lost the book for about 2 months in the mass of piles of books in my room, I would have finished with it much sooner, although I still wouldn’t call it a fast read. Each page is jam-packed with facts which means...

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Harriet Jacobs – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Wow, to say this book was hard to read would be a massive understatement. I saw it as a free book on the Kindle bookstore, I would imagine it probably made it into the top 100 due to the success of 12 Years a Slave, which I have bought but have yet to read. And if it is as brutal as this was, I think I’ll be in for a tough time. I think the part that made the book most harrowing was that it was written in first person, but it was so matter...

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