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Gold Medal Reading

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:


  • 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…)

To answer the first question: No. Unless you consider Scrabble a sport. In which case Word Freak is one of my all-time favorite books. Or poker. I love poker and have read a few poker books…but is poker, or Scrabble, a sport?

I just went and looked up the definition of sport, and “physical activity” are the first two words of the definition. But if you played poker and felt the adrenaline, you might think it’s a sport, too.

To answer the second question: Yes. I’ve loved the San Francisco 49ers for as long as I can remember. I loved them when they were great and I love them now.

I don’t mind a good sports movie, but I’ll admit, it’s not what I gravitate towards.

I don’t know if this BTT will generate lots of discussion, so I have something else to ask you: Are you watching the Olympics? What’s your favorite event? What do you think is the silliest event? (I think anything with the word synchronized is just silly.) This is the first year in my 29 year life that I’ve ever seen a portion of the Olympics. It’s not that I avoided it before, I just didn’t seek it out. I thought the swimming was cool. And the basketball. And the female gymnastics. Male gymnasts need to find something better than that leotard they wear. Sorry, but I just can’t get past it.

Your turn.

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12 Responses to “Gold Medal Reading”

  1. Sally

    To answer in two words: Michael Phelps.


  2. Rebecca

    I second that emotion re: Michael Phelps..but I agree wholeheartedly that male gymnasts need to find something a little less, erm, revealing to wear. Seriously. Ditto for weight lifters. We don’t need to see that.

    I haven’t read Word Freak , but as a fellow lover of word games (particularly crossword puzzles), let me recommend the documentary Wordplay . Awesome!


  3. lisamm

    I read Into Thin Air and that I guess is sort of sports-related (climbing Mt Everest is definitely physical). It’s a great book. But I don’t seek out sports books and can’t actually think of any others I’ve read.

    The Olympics- we always watch. It’s like a big event for us. The whole family piles on the couch and stays up until midnight (usually a kid or two is snoozing by then). I used to do this with my family growing up, too.

    Michael Phelps is a machine!! Seriously we love all of it, including the synchronized stuff (fascinating, I think, if a little silly). I cringe watching weight lifting, but I still watch. One girl this year dropped the weight and fell down and I thought surely it will knock her out or crush her, but she just got right up. Olympians are tough.


  4. Susan B. Evans

    Yes! I’m not the only one hoping for a “costume change” for male gymnasts! I don’t care how old I get, I’ll never be able to get past it. Childish, I know…


  5. Bluestocking

    Michael Phelps is absolutely Amazing!!! I taped the gymnastics. I haven’t been watching too much tv because the kitchen is being remodelled and everything is in the family room. I’m the only person in my house without a tv in the bedroom.

    Btw I love your header picture. Come over and read my post.


  6. Florinda

    I actually attended the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 (before the bomb explosion), and usually watch at least some of the events from both the Summer and Winter Games on TV, but I’m just not feelin’ it this year.

    And I totally agree with you on the Word Freak love. Scrabble is an unofficial sport in my family :-).


  7. chartroose

    I watch the Olympics religiously whenever they’re on, and I’m upset right now because I’m here at stupid work and I might be missing an important Olympic moment.

    I once had dreams of being an Olympic swimmer, but I wasn’t good enough to even get close to the trials.

    And yes, Trish, I think Scrabble is a sport. Have you ever watched a tournament? Those people are nasty and cutthroat!


  8. Alyce

    As far as events in the Olympics that do not seem to be sports: equestrian events, especially Dressage. My husband and I were trying to watch the Olympics during dinner last night and the only event on any channel was Dressage. Here is a description of the event,

    “The movements test the horse’s strength, suppleness, and obedience and the rider’s ability to guide the horse through the test with subtle cues.”

    Right there I see a problem with it because it is primarily about the horse’s strength and obedience. I hope I don’t offend any horse lovers out there, but I don’t think Dressage should be an Olympic event.

    I’m the odd one out I guess, because I don’t mind the men’s leotards, but then I enjoy watching men in ballet too.


  9. softdrink

    I haven’t seen a single Olympic event. The only reason I know who Michael Phelps is is because I read blogs, and he’s a hot topic these days.

    Scrabble is definitely a sport. You can cheat at it, right? There is a winner and a loser. If the dictionary is heavy, there’s physical activity. Therefore, it’s a sport.


  10. mellymel

    I don’t read about or play sports. Not much for sweat, I’m afraid. But I’m a huge Red Sox, Olympics, World Cup fan. Love to watch.

    My fave sports movies are Chariots of Fire, Remember the Titans and Hoosiers.

    If you sweat, it’s a sport. If golf is a sport so is scrabble.


  11. Meghan

    I haven’t been watching this year, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be women’s gymnastics. I always loved to watch when I was young, but I don’t really have that much interest now.


  12. Aria

    I’m another fan of Michael Phelps and his goal of 8 gold medals. I would love to see him do it and he is a major reason I have been watching the swimming portions. I have always loved the gymnastics because of how amazing the skills are – so I just got done watching two American girls take the gold and silver in the All Around.

    As for the silliest event, rythmic gymnastics. That’s all I can say.


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