Thursday, August 14, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Olympic Fever

This week's questions: Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general? Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?

Do you consider yourself a sports fan?

I was ten years old before I really understood about the Olympics, but once I learned more about them, I was a rabid fan. I even feigned illness so I could stay home to watch the afternoon coverage of 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. (Sorry, Mom. I didn't really have a fever that day. Our lamp, however, had a temperature of 101.4 before I pulled the thermometer away from it.) I read everything about the Olympics that I could get my hands on: all of the books in my school and public library, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Weekly Reader, and my first-ever issue of Newsweek. I read mostly non-fiction, but later started reading fiction about my two favorite sports, gymnastics and figure skating.

I don't do much sports-related reading now, though. I'm not exactly sure why. I'm not as rabid a fan of the Olympics anymore, although I've been glued to the TV for the gymnastics and swimming.

As for sports in general, I'm a huge fan of Major League Baseball and the NFL. I'm very supportive of both of my hometown teams, the Phillies and the Eagles. I also follow figure skating pretty closely. I don't follow gymnastics as much as I did when I was younger. It's hasn't been the same for me since my two favorite gymnasts, Kim Zmeskal and Shannon Miller, retired. Shawn Johnson reminds me a lot of Zmeskal, though.

So, what about you? Is Olympic Fever running high in your household?


  1. I certainly faked sick to get out of school, but never for watching the Olympics! We're not really a sport type of household, but it's always interesting to watch everyone else get worked up about them.

  2. I never wanted to miss school for anything! However, I am enjoying watching Phelps pile up that gold. In fact, I posted about it right BEFORE the BTT question!

  3. I followed the diving, gymnastics and swimming events. Funny you mention feigning illness in the context of watching sports. I feigned sick so I don't have to go to PE! :)

  4. I have not watched any of the Olympics.

    Hi, I discovered you from J.Kaye's book blog. You have a nice one

  5. Hi!

    I heard about your blog over at J. Kaye's Blog Spotlight. I see you're reading Stealing Athena. I read that a little while ago, and thought it was quite good. I'll be curious to see your thoughts on it.

    Books 'N Border Collies

  6. great blog, found you over at j.kayes :)
    as far as sports goes, i'm not too into them. But I do love the Olympics.

  7. Meghan: I think there may have been a quiz that day that I was hoping to avoid as well. I used that trick a lot, I don't think my mother ever caught me.

    SmilingSal: Good for you! I didn't really develop a passion for school until a year later, when my mom started homeschooling me. I really blossomed once I was able to learn at my own pace.

    Phelps is incredible! I'm amazed at how well he's doing. I hope he wins all eight golds.

    Matt: Ah, the dreaded PE! Not one of my favorite classes either, especially when dodgeball was involved. I used to have nightmares about thousands of red balls flying towards me.

    Cheryl: Thanks so much for stopping in! I'll be paying your blog a visit soon. :)

    Lezlie: Hello! I'm enjoying Stealing Athena. I love historical fiction. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

    Naida: Thanks for visiting! I really enjoy the Olympics. There's such a rich history dating all the way back to ancient Greece. I've always been fascinated by that.

  8. Hi Ruth;
    I love watching the Olympics - especially track and field. I went earlier this summer to watch the NCAA Division 1 track chapmpionships at Drake University in Iowa.

    I see your're reading Stealing Athena - I just finished it. I'll watch for your review.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!