Top Ten Books To Read If You Can’t Make It To The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books To Read If You Can’t Make It To 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Like many others, I have a serious case of Olympic Fever right now. It’s the first thing I watch in the morning, and the last thing I watch before tucking myself in at night. In fact, I think I’ve watched more sports coverage in the last week than I have in the last two years. Inspired by this newfound appreciation for all things athletic, I decided to put a slight twist on this week’s rather open-ended Top Ten Tuesday prompt (“Top Ten Books With X Setting”) and explore a category of fiction I admittedly know very little about: Sports-themed books! Using Goodreads as my guide, I’ve compiled a list of ten such stories. I tried to largely limit my choices to sports actually being played in Rio 2016, with one or two minor exceptions.

Please Note I have not yet read any of the books included in today’s post. Therefore, this list should not be seen as an endorsement, but rather an ever-growing collection of books I would one day like to read.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Bruised by Sarah Skilton (Tae Kwon Do)

2) Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (Running)

3) Take Me On by Katie McGarry (Kickboxing)

4) Tumbling by Caela Carter (Gymnastics)

5) Beautiful Country by J.R. Thornton (Tennis)

6) Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli (Tennis)

7) Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally (Soccer)

8) Winger by Andrew Smith (Rugby)

9) Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Football)

10) Hooked by Liz Fichera (Golf)

Now it’s YOUR turn! Have you read any of the books on today’s list? Would you recommend them? What has been your favourite sport to watch at Rio 2016 so far? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

10 Responses

  1. I’m pretty ashamed to say that I haven’t really seen any of the Olympic events on TV this year :/ Anyway, the only book on here that I’ve read is HOOKED (and I absolutely adored this book)! Need to pick up the others soon. Great list!! 😀

  2. You know, as big a sports fan as I am, I haven’t really read any sports books which is weird! Maybe I’ll start looking into them (though I’d rather start with the winter sports instead)

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.