My Week in Books // 5-5-21

*** Survive the Night by Riley Sager

A rainy day was the perfect excuse to sink into Riley Sager’s upcoming release, Survive the Night (publishes on July 6, 2021 – mark your calendars)!

The thriller genre is not always my first choice, and I’ll never be able to offer any real criticism of the genre because I don’t read it widely enough. But I’ve come to enjoy Sager’s stories and will probably always be keen to reading them.

Survive the Night worked for me! It was a quick read with an unreliable narrator who kept me confused and guessing. I loved the premise and thought it was well executed!

As with all of Sager’s books, this is sure to be a buzzy book this summer and I foresee it in a lot of beach and pool bags!

The Phenomenon: Pressure, Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life by Rick Ankiel

I’ve had this one on my shelves fooooreverrr…and I’m glad I finally picked it up! I can’t imagine getting a shot at my dream career – an pitcher in the Major League’s – only to have it ripped away before I’ve even gotten started. This is what happened to Rick Ankiel. He got a bad case of the “yips” – a sudden and unexplained loss of skills in experienced athletes. There’s really no explanation for it and some athletes are able to overcome it while others never do.

After fighting his way back to the mound for 5 years, Ankiel finally gets a chance to pitch again. It goes okay, but it’s just not as natural as he’s used to. He retires from the sport…and then finds himself agreeing to switch his position to centerfield for the St. Louis Cardinals.

I love a good sports memoir – especially ones that talk about the challenges of elite athletes. I devoured this book and read it in less than a day! I really, really enjoyed it and felt a lot of emotions while reading it.

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

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