April reading wrap-up

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This month was a slow reading month, I only read two books and I’m not the happiest about it.  Below you will find the two books I read along with reviews.

Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas- I gave this five stars on Goodreads. This book was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe some of the things that I read in this book. There were things I learned that I found interesting, the most interesting was reading about all the scientific research that Dr. Omalu did in discovering CTE. One of the most important things that I found in the book, is how the NFL hired a team of doctors to form a committee. The committee would become the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee (MTBI). These doctors, hired by the NFL, had never seen or performed an autopsy of the brain, something Dr. Omalu specialized in. When Dr. Omalu discovered CTE in the brain of Mike Webster, he had the scientific research and evidence to back up his discovery. He wrote a scientific paper, had it published in a 2005 issue of Neurosurgery, the MTBI committee wanted the the paper retracted. This is no different than the NFL wanting a recent a recent story published by The New York Times retracted, the Times article found many flaws in the NFL’s concussion research. Here’s the thing, science and cold hard evidence never lie, yet it appears that the NFL refuses to listen to science. They didn’t want to listen to or believe Dr. Omalu. As a fan, I have lost trust in the NFL, especially when it comes to the safety of the players. Another important thing that I learned, is the NFL is nothing but a money hungry machine. I also wouldn’t be surprised if there were more lawsuits against the NFL. Until the NFL stops ignoring evidence and science, and starts listening, I will not believe anything the NFL says. This book and Dr. Omalu’s research are important pieces in understanding the science of concussions.

Skies Over Tomorrow: Constellation by Kelly B. Johnson

I received an eBook copy from the author for review.

I gave this book four stars on Goodreads. I normally don’t read books like this, however I was quite intrigued by the synopsis. There was a lot of military and space language that I didn’t understand at all, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the stories. I also felt that one of the stories, “Lords and Ladies” didn’t fit in with the rest of the stories. It was more like Romeo and Juliet. My favorite thing about the anthology, is the presence of strong female characters, and the writing style of the author. The author, Kelly B. Johnson wrote in a very descriptive way that showed rather than told. Show rather than tell is something that I always look for in books. I would definitely read more from this author. I was taken on an adventure.

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2 Replies to “April reading wrap-up”

    1. Concussion was turned into a movie, about the NFL concussion problem. The movie wasn’t based off of the book, the book is an extension of a GQ article.

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