BTT asked: 1. Do you read books about sports? 2. How about AT sporting events? (Kid’s soccer practice?)
My answer: I don’t really like to read books about sports, at least not fiction. I’m a huge fan of figure skating so I adore books about real-life skaters (my top 5 books about figure skating can be found here). But for some reason when I read fiction books about sport the writing is never really able to capture the sport aspect that I love so much. Part of it I think is because the writers don’t actually do the sport, another is because it’s hard to write fast enough to describe sports that happen quickly. And it’s boring to read a play by play of certain sports; it’s much more entertaining to just watch.
So, no, I don’t really enjoy fiction about sports, but non-fiction about athletes and their lives are particularly compelling to me.
As for reading at sporting events, if I’m bored somewhere of course I’ll bring a book along! I haven’t been to many sporting events lately so this hasn’t been an issue. But if I had to attend kid’s soccer practice, yes, I’d probably bring a book along!
What about you? What sports do you love? Are there any good books that capture the world of sports?