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?
- 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.