Thursday, August 30, 2018

7. The End of the Perfect 10

By Dvora Meyers 298 pp.

This is a non-fiction book that is probably only interesting to gymnastics nerds like me. The central thread is a discussion of how scoring in gymnastics has changed from the 10 to the open ended system used now. The book also talks about gymnastics history, how the sport has transformed, and some hints about the negative aspects of the sport. I feel bad for this author, busting her ass to write this book and the abuse scandal breaking shortly after it was published. The book feels outdated already. Still worth reading for gymnastics nerds.

Friday, August 17, 2018

6. Bleaker House

By Nell Stevens (241 pp)

I knew I wanted to read this book when I read the review somewhere. I hardly ever read book reviews so I'm not sure how it came to my attention. It's a memoir about a woman who did an MFA program and then went to a remote island to write her novel and does not accomplish her goal. This sounds like something I would do and I finally got my hands on a copy. It's better than I expected--a mix of memoir and fiction. I'm not sure if a non-writer would enjoy as much as I did but I recommend.