Booking Through Thursday: Sports
Booking Through Thursday asks 1. Do you read books about sports?
2. How about AT sporting events? (Kid’s soccer practice?)
I like books about sports when they’re more stories of the people involved, sort of the history and human interest side, and when they describe the action of the sports in a way that makes it easy for me to visualize as I read. (This can be hard to find.) I am more interested in memoir or fiction than I am in more big-picture studies of the sports. Though I’ll make an exception for something that’s a really fun read.
I would rather read a book or watch a movie about baseball than watch the game. I love a good baseball novel or movie. I’ve read Shoeless Joe dozens of times. Field of Dreams is a favorite baseball movie. But watching actual baseball? I start to think about chewing my own arm off. Sometimes my friends (hi Jaye!) mock me for this.
The sports I do like to watch are football and college women’s basketball. I will happily go to women’s college basketball games when schedule permits (sadly missed the Maggie Dixon Classic this year on account of homework.) Football games, less so- I prefer to watch them on TV, within easy reach of beer and snacks. In both cases, I am usually far too busy yelling at the players on TV to do things like read books.
I’ve read a few excellent books about baseball and football. Pat Summitt’s books are wonderful, and C. Vivian Stringer’s memoir, Standing Tall, made me cry in spots.