Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#MoreThanMean


Waddle & Silvy Show regular Sarah Spain has been one of my fave sports personalities  for the longest time. When I saw a still of her on Pro Sports Daily's Redzone Headlines, I couldn't way to find out what she was up to now.

"What exactly did happen that night on the cliff edge?"

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

I just finished reading The Shock of the Fall (2013), the debut novel of British writer Nathan Filer. It was one of the UK's best selling titles of 2014 and fell into my lap by way of Tumblr, with a good recommendation by my talented sister Margot sealing the deal. Filer was born in Bristol in 1980 and holds a degree in Mental Health Nursing. He worked in mental health research at the University of Bristol before turning to his pen to advocate about mental illness, mental health nursing and government cuts in mental health services. The Shock of the Fall has been translated into 30 languages.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

2015-2016 NBA Awards Picks

2015-2016 NBA Awards

With another season in the books and the Playoffs fast underway, it is time for NBA writers all around the world to unveil their ballots. I was 6-for-6 last year so the pressure is most definitely on!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

On Thursday I checked out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) with my broworker Philippe. I'm more of a Marvel fan myself, preferring their superhero flicks over any DC Comics vehicle, save for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but I have to admit that the BvS trailer looked quite promising.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

IVERSON

Iverson documentary

With Allen Iverson now officially voted into the Hall of Fame, I thought it only right to check out the IVERSON documentary when I stumbled upon it in Netflix. The cornrowed and tatted guard, who single-handedly dragged an undermanned 76ers team to the Finals in 2001, is one of the greatest players listed at 6 feet or under, and perhaps one of the most popular athletes we've ever seen. Sure, he was a controversial character and an easy target for criticism for his ball-hogging ways, but Iverson was, above all, a warrior who deeply loved the game of basketball. Through 2007-2008, he was one of the NBA's premier scorers, but bad fits (Detroit, Memphis), his daughter's health and calf surgery made for an unflashy last hurrah over his last few years. 

Another one!


Another year to the resume.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"When someone is in your heart, they're never truly gone"

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I just used Easter Monday morning to finish reading For One More Day (2006) by Tuesdays With Morrie author Mitch Albom. The book was featured on Buzzfeed's 51 Books That Prove Reading Can Change Your Life listicle, immediately piquing my interest with its premise. What would it be like if you could hang out with a deceased loved one for one more day? We all yearn for a chance to make good with lost relatives, to explain family secrets, and to seek forgiveness.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"I'm not normal"

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

This week I finished reading The Girl On The Train (2015) by British autor Paula Hawkins, who tried romantic comedy fiction before trying some darker stuff. She wrote the book over the course of six months, achieving almost instant commercial breakthrough by debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list, remaining in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks. I found the book via Tumblr and I was immediately drawn to the title and the cover. The movie rights to The Girl On The Train were acquired by DreamWorks Pictures in 2014. The movie is slated for an October release and will star Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson.

"Did you think this book was funny? Why or why not?"

B.J. Novak - One More Thing

I recently read One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (2014) by American actor, comedian, screenwriter and director B.J. Novak. You probably know him as Ryan 'The Temp' Howard from The Office or Smithson 'The Litte Man' Utivic from Inglorious Basterds. Talk about range. I stumbled upon his book via Buzzfeed's 35 Hilarious Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud listicle, in the wonderful company The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tina Fey's Bossypants and Catch-22, which I all enjoyed, so naturally I had to read it. How else would I find out what happened to the boy who wins a $100,000 prize in a cereal box?
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