Food for Mind

(aka Books)

What follows here is a list of the books I have read recently, and a short review. I love reading so keep checking back because this page will be updated after each new book. I may post about them and just add the link here.

Currently reading: SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

You Cannot Be Serious by John McEnroe
3 out of 5
This read fast, just like Andre Agassi's book (see below), and Johnny Mac's voice was very similar to his voice when he is commentating for tennis matches I watch. That made it feel very familiar. It was entertaining, but I think it was so for me because I am a tennis fan, and hear his voice often while watching big tournaments. I don't know if it would be as entertaining for someone who was not a tennis fan. I enjoyed reliving big matches in his career; I have often wondered, "What goes through the player's mind during these types of matches?". Now, I know. A little bit anyway. I also enjoyed his description of the early days of tennis, when he was treated like a rock star. It seemed crazy then, and well, he didn't deny it was a little bit crazy!

Open by Andre Agassi
4 out of 5
This was a fast read. Agassi writes like he is having a conversation with you. I found myself intrigued and flipping pages to find out what happens next. As a tennis fan, I loved the behind-the-scense glimpses at the major tournaments. I loved when Agassi describes what was going through his mind and how he was feeling at certain times in certain matches. Some of those matches I remember watching and being on the edge of my seat because of the great drama that was produced. The romances in his life were also extremely interesting. The life of a tennis pro has never seemed easy to me, with all the traveling and constant training and odd schedules from day matches to night matches, losing first round or making it far in the tournament. Maintaining a relationship has seemed difficult unless the other person was also a tennis pro. Agassi's insight into that side of life was enlightening. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was entertaining and insightful. And, you don't have to be a tennis fan to enjoy it.

Hardcourt Confidential by Patrick McEnroe
3.5 out of 5
I would say this is a great book if you are a tennis fan. It was especially insightful for me because I grew up watching tennis during the times Patrick McEnroe writes about. His stories about Davis Cup competition and his brother, John McEnroe, were the most intriguing and entertaining for me.


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