Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Discussion Post: Books about Sports

First of all, I'd like to apologize for the lack of posts recently. As some of you know, I recently underwent my 6th or 7th back procedure and I've been sort of laying low for a few days. It takes a while to bounce back from them occasionally and I'm not recovering as well as I would have hoped. So, hopefully now that I'm feeling a bit better, I can get back to regularly posting and chatting with y'all!

Today, I'm going with another discussion post. I recently received a Netgalley book about soccer and I was beyond pumped. I grew up playing the game and even played in college so I'm a big fan. Soccer is somewhat a black horse in America still and every time I can get my hands on something that positively portrays the beautiful game, I'm on it. I don't discriminate. I love lots of sports and I'm just as eager to read something about basketball or hockey as I am about soccer. 

But this one was a disappointment to say the least. The game writing was awkward and forced and it was boring in the style. I get that soccer is a back and forth game but this sort of killed it. "And they ran up the pitch, and back down, passing and crossing the ball." Congratulations, you've just described every game of soccer ever. 

Not every sports book is like that though and I do have some that I really enjoyed. Tangerine has always been one of my favorites, mostly because it deals with some pretty messed up stuff and a goalkeeper. 

We're pretty interesting players and you think more would be written about goalies. We spend a lot of time standing in goal thinking and then we're asked to do stupidly crazy stuff for the sake of a game. I think it would be a good story. But we don't get any respect to begin with so maybe I'm deluding myself thinking that someone besides a keeper would want to write about a keeper.

The Secretary of Defense, ladies and gentlemen

Anyways, does anybody else read sports books? Do you know any good ones? 

I find that a lot of them are filled with cliches and unrealistic expectations of what certain age groups are able to do. I hate it when I read a book about sports where nobody is trying to improve since they are already the best at what they do. I want to find the gems though. So if you have any recommendations, send them my way!

Until next time...


  1. I don't really tend to pick about books about sports since I am not really a fan of sports in real life, sorry! Hopefully you'll be able to find something good soon though.

    1. I feel like not many people do since they generally aren't that good haha Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I don't even think I have read a book about sports, but that's probably because I've never played an organised sports and I am about the LEAST athletic person I know. But I can understand that you would be frustrated when your game isn't properly portrayed. I always find it annoying when a character is a reader ... and they don't read one book throughout the duration of the storyline. What even? Why include it if you're not going to come through with it?

    Anyway, I hope you can find some awesome sports books soon! Although, I think there's a YA series and the first book is called Catching Jordan (I think) and it's about sports! So maybe check it out :D

    Also, I hope you are recovering okay *hug*

    1. It applies for every passion. If you're going to write about a character who is proficient at something, have them do it and show that they're good at it in a way that draws the character in! I'm so with you on that.

      Catching Jordan sounds interesting. I'll definitely add it to my list. I'm almost over sports books but every time I see soccer I keep getting pulled back in, hoping for a miracle of some sort.

      And thank you! I'm recovering well. I think I might be well enough to go for my first long walk in a few weeks tomorrow so I'm excited!