Booking Through Thursday: Not a Fan

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…)
This might get me in trouble but I hate sports. I enjoy playing Wii Sports but that's all. Now we have 2 weeks of the Olympics on TV. I'll get lots of reading done. As for sports movies, I can't stand those 'inspirational' football (they all seem to be football) or baseball or whatever ones. It's not curing cancer.

Books about sports I'll avoid like the plague. I did read a book about a boxer last year (Lachlan of the Bad Heart) but it wasn't really about boxing. That's as close as it gets.


  1. Only enjoying Wii Sports sounds about right to me - although Sonic & Mario at the Olympics was quite entertaining as well if you wanted to get into the Beijing mood a bit more!

  2. I don't think having your opinion about sports would get you in trouble! You're entitled! I wonder how many big sports fans like good literature? To each his/her own.

  3. I like books about baseball, fiction or nonfiction, but if the writer is good, he or she can make any sport interesting to me...even American football, which I despise.

  4. I read The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger about a nine year old baseball obsessed Jewish boy and not one of those things resonates with me but boy howdy, was the book ever good. Maybe because I had zippo expectations? But it really was a great book.

    So no, not normally a sports book fan either. :)


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