Thursday, August 14, 2008

Booking Through Thursday - Olympics

Here's today's BTT question:

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…)
I honestly can't remember any book I've read specifically about the Olympics. However, I have read a few sports related books - mostly ice skating with SurferGirl or hockey. One I'd highly recommend is by a former hockey player, now minor league hockey coach called So Your Son Wants to be in the NHL. It was a memoir of Bylsma's early years in hockey including times when he lived with coaches or teams away from his family. It is a very cautionary tale about the need for balance in a kid's life. I have recommended it to sports-crazed parents a number of times.

I've also read a number of books by Ken Dryden, a former goaltender for the Montreal Canadians. One of the best is The Game which is probably the best book about hockey ever written. Dryden is well-written and intelligent and highlights hockey in its golden age.

I'm sure there have been fictional books with sports-related themes but nothing comes to me as being a "sports" book or a great read.

As you can tell, I am a hockey fan. Probably not rabid but I do enjoy watching games, have been to a few NHL games, and had season tickets for a number of years to minor league hockey (like AAA baseball) before the team disbanded.

Good sports movie? Ask SurferGirl and she'd say "Ice Princess" from Disney. I think one of my favorite sports movies was Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner.

So now I'm curious ... what sports are you into?


Anonymous said...

Ahh I love Ice Princes. It's so Disney and cute. Have you heard of Screwball or Play Me, they seem to be sports books (and for girls)... :)

MissMeliss - Bibliotica said...

Oh, Field of Dreams is a classic.

Smilingsal said...

I forgot Ice Princess.

Come see my response.

Stephanie said...

My daughters love Ice Princess too. It was cute. Disney does lots of great sports stories. The Mighty Ducks, The Rookie, Ice Princess. What about the Bad News Bears?? Not exactly Disney, but hilarious!

bookworm said...

Although I do not seek out sports stories, I will have to agree the Field of Dreams is a great one.

Wanda said...

"Angels in the Outfield" is a family favourite at my house. "Ice Castles" was a favourite of mine when I was a teenager.

"Hour of the Olympics" (Magic Tree House) is a great book that introduces the history of the Olympics to youngsters.

Wanda said...

"The Game" by Ken Dryden, would make a great review for The Second Canadian Book Challenge! Let John know about it over at The Book Mine Set before Sept. 13th and you and I could both win a prize...

anim_lvr said...

This post is a little late because it is now December but I just found your blog. You mentioned Friday Night Lights and that happens to be one of my favorite, if not favorite, show. I love high school and particularly college football so that is one reason I love this show. But I also just love the characters and how they develop over the season as well. I don't typically read sports books and if I do it is just because it happens to be a good story with sports instead of sports with a good story. There is one movie that is a favorite of mine as well. I can't remember the name right now but it is about the gold medal winning hockey team that upset Russia for the win in the Olympics. The movie is not only about the hockey team and their win but about the great, chrismatic coach as well. Kurt Russell played the coach. Does anybody remember the name of the movie? I can remember when the hockey team beat Russia for real and it was when Iran had our citizens as hostages. It was a very low time in American history and this win by the hockey team brought the American spirit up considerably!!!! If you read this comment and remember the name of the movie, could you please e-mail me the name or it will drive me crazy!!!??? E-mail -
Thanks everybody

Ian said...

Rugby and cricket. We have lots of books about cricket in England, but, I think my favourite sports book is Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae.