In honor of the end of the Olympics, share your favorite sports book
My first thought was this series I read when I was a kid about junior gymnasts. I think it was The Gymnasts by Elizabeth Levy. (or it’s what I found when I did a search and it seems right):
I read these during my “I’m going to be an Olympian one day!” phase, ignoring the little fact that doing back-flips did (and still does) terrify me.
Then I thought of Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger – a quick search of my blog archives and I found what I wrote about it in 2010, when I listed it as one of my best reads of the year:
This book made me think. Really think. There were several places where I read out loud to the people around me because my jaw had dropped. I live in an area where high school football games are something you either go to or not. If not, no big deal. So it was hard for me to imagine an entire town’s hopes and dreams basically resting on the shoulders of a bunch of teenagers. The book was heartbreaking and shocking in some places and it’s not surprising that Bissinger got flak for his portrayal of the area/people – he didn’t sugarcoat anything.
I’m a fan of creative non-fiction and sports books, so anything like that is usually a win-win for me.
A bit off-topic, but I’m forcing it to relate
So it appears I’m still not back into a regular blogging habit, but I saw something yesterday that inspired me – red leaves, which means cooler weather and nostalgia are on the way! (I ignored the fact it’s insanely dry conditions that are causing the leaves to change early)
I am also pumped today because I am participating in several sports-inspired events.
Firstly, my parents are out-of town overnight, so I am at their house to feed/water their pets and it’s like watching the Cat Hunger Games. Normally, the three felines (plus the neighbor’s cat who has taken over the front porch) don’t really hang out, but at times like this they form an uneasy alliance, banding together to survive those terrible few hours without sustenance.
Secondly, I sorta neglected laundry for several weeks because I was busy with edits and my new apartment doesn’t have a washer/dryer hook-up. So I am attempting to wash about 40,000 loads today before sundown.
What is everyone else up to?