Forget “real life” today, let’s talk Olympics!
For anyone who hasn’t been watching the gymnastics, I’ll fill you in. There were two injuries last week, which was unfortunate. A French male gymnast fractured his leg in two places on vault during the trials and couldn’t compete (which is just heartbreaking), and a British female gymnast fell on her head on floor during the trials but managed to do her two vaults after that and went on to compete. So she’s not seriously injured, but she’s probably in pain.
In actual competition news, the US women’s team dominated the team finals with Russia and China in 2nd and 3rd. The men’s team didn’t do quite so well and came in 5th in team finals with Japan, Russia, and China getting the top three spots.
The men’s individual all-around finals were fun to watch because Kohei Uchimura from Japan was expected to win, and he did, but Oleg Verniaiev from Ukraine was so close, less than a tenth of a point behind, and really gave him a run for his money. Max Whitlock (Great Britain) took bronze. As for the women’s, US gymnast Simone Biles took the gold, which is what everyone expected, Aly Raisman (US) took silver, and Aliya Mustafina (Russia) took bronze. (Also, I watched those online, and I kind of love Jonathan Horton as a commentator because he cracked me up, haha.)
Also, did anyone happen to watch the men’s synchronized diving on Monday evening? Because synchronized diving has become my new second favorite Olympic sport (well, I didn’t have a second favorite before, but I do now). For one thing, it’s a lot like gymnastics since they do all that flipping and twisting and it takes all that technique, skill, balance, flexibility, and air awareness. But I was also really moved by the friendship among the diving partners. I never thought about it before, but I can’t imagine having such a close friendship like that. I mean, they spend so much time together, they rely on each other, they bolster each up, they mentor each other. And hearing the way they talked about it in their interview things, seeing the way they embraced each other in excitement after seeing the final scores… call me crazy or sappy or whatever, but I thought it was really beautiful and touching. And the joy and emotion when the teams won was so infectious!
Anyway, I know that was a super long intro, but I couldn’t help myself. Now back to your regularly scheduled weekly update post!
WHY IS EVERY WEBSITE CHANGING? You all obviously know about the GR changes. Netgalley also changed the way you submit reviews which confused me at first since it’s in two parts now. Bloglovin’ also changed the way your feed is shown, and I hate it because it’s confusing and cluttered and hard to see what blog each thing was posted from.
But anyway, GR has made even more changes. And I, for one, love the idea of being able to find all the things I highlighted right on GR. Of course, most of what I read nowadays is review copies which means I didn’t get them through Amazon which means the highlights won’t show up… but I have read plenty of books from Amazon in the past and still do occasionally. And every time I want to look for quotes, I have to get out my kindle and go hunting. This would be so much easier. Plus they’re automatically set to private, and you can pick and choose which highlights/notes, if any, you want to be public. Which is good since I wouldn’t want all my GR friends to see all the weird things my depraved mind highlights ;-) I just like how this’ll make it easier for me to find quotes I’ve highlighted and maybe make it easier to share the ones I do want to share.
Also, I got this in my spam folder: “questions for you if it’s okay. Is it simply me or”
Yes, it’s you. It’s not me, it’s you. We can still be friends though.
Books I Received for Review:
Books I Finished:
Slow reading week for me. I think I’m in a bit of slump and haven’t felt much like reading :-/ I was also distracted by the Olympics. Anyway, Letting Lier and Finding Pax had some execution issues with the POVs but was otherwise pretty good.
Song of the Week:
No song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I did my first tag, the Olympic Book Tag.
– I reviewed Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville, a realistic and character-focused zombie apocalypse YA LGBT book.
– I discussed consistency in book series.
– I reviewed Captive by Jex Lane, a violent and sexy M/M urban fantasy with vampires and incubi.
– I reviewed The Hypnotic City by Andrea Berthot, a YA historical SFF-esque book with an amazing female MC.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)