Thursday, August 14, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Gold Medal Reading

Booking Through Thursday

You, um, may have noticed that the Olympics are going on right now, so that’s the genesis of this week’s question, in two parts:

Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?
Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?

And, Second:
Do you consider yourself a sports fan?
Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.
(Or a good sports movie, for that matter. Feel free to expand this into a discussion about “Friday Night Lights” or “The Natural” or whatever…)

Firstly, I don't think I've ever read a book about the Olympics, though I'm quite sure I'd enjoy it! And I can't think of any other book I've read about sports either, except maybe Seabiscuit, which is about horse racing, a subject I know nothing about and have never been interested in, yet Seabiscuit is one of my all time favorites. So I'm sure that if there's some really good sports books out there, I'd like 'em. I just wouldn't pick them up on my own.

Secondly, I would not consider myself a sports fan, though I have been known to scream and yell my head off now and then at a game. Mostly back in high school and college years. But since then, I just don't really care. Unless my kids are playing, but they haven't been much into sports either.

But, as you say in the question above, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a good sports story. Book or movie or TV show. Friday Night Lights is one of my favorite TV shows. And there's TONS of great sports movies that I love ... way too many to list.

So go for it people! Tell me what great sports books am I missing out on and need to read right now!


  1. Although I've read a book or two that contained sports, I cannot tell you to rush to read one.

  2. I seem to be the only person alive who's never seen Friday Night Lights. And me a Texan, too! It's based on a book, so that might be a good one to try - although maybe not right now!



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