Guys, I admit it. I have Olympics fever. So this week’s TTT is a bit of a cheat since sports take place in all kinds of settings…but whatever. If you’re all about the sporty books, read on!
9 Sporty Books for Olympics Fans
- Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally | Sport: Running – a ton of Kenneally’s books could go on this list, but BAB is my fave, and it’s set on trails and streets all over Tennessee. And the romance is SMOKING.
- Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross | Sport: Gymnastics – this is a really good contemporary sports YA about a gymnast who is orphaned, and where she goes in life, love, and sport from there. Julie is a gymnastics coach in real life, so it’s fantastically accurate as well as being really honest about grief.
- Game. Set. Match by Jennifer Iacopelli | Sport: Tennis – there are three romances in this new adult, and they’re all set in and around the Outer Banks Tennis Academy. It’s like boarding school with rackets. =)
- The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen | Sport: Hockey – how many times have I talked about this book? Too many without a real review (that’s coming, don’t worry). This romance between two hot hockey players has so much heart and depth and sexiness – all set in college hockey rinks and dorms.
- First & Then by Emma Mills | Sport: Football – this one isn’t super focused on the sport, but it definitely gives you that feeling of being in a football-obsessed town when you’re not really into football. Also, it’s a Pride & Prejudice retelling & one of my fave books from last year!
- The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Sport: Figure skating – This is one of my book crack books – totally addictive figure skating pairs upper YA romance goodness, set on ice rinks all over the world. Read if you need to get your swoon on.
- Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally | Sport: Soccer – another Kenneally, you say? I loved this recent addition to her Hundred Oaks series. It focuses on a soccer-loving girl who makes a huge mistake and has to face serious consequences. Like BAB, this one is set in Tennessee, but more on the soccer field than on the trails.
- Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross | Sports: Baseball and Track – and yep, another Julie Cross. Set in Kansas City, this is an upper YA/New Adult romance featuring a runner and a star pitcher. We get workouts at the gym, on the trails, on the diamond…this is one of my all-time fave baseball books!
- The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop | Sport: Baseball – this sweet middle grade read features a young pitcher who is dealing with the death of her sister while her family is hosting a minor league player. This is probably one of the best MGs I’ve read – it really captures the sport as well as coping mechanisms for grief.
Other Sporty Books On My To Be Read List:
- Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema | Sport: Swimming – I’m dying to read this book about an Olympic swimming hopeful who doesn’t make it, and needs to find something new to be her thing.
- Tumbling by Caela Carter | Sport: Gymnastics – this one is HIGH on my to-buy list as I’m obsessed with gymnastics. It’s about a bunch of Olympic hopefuls, much like the US gymnastics team, who are BOSS. Basically Make It Or Break It in book form, and I NEED IT.
- Stealing Parker and Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally | Sports: Softball and Equestrian – I’m a few books behind in this series, but I’ve really enjoyed all of Miranda’s sporty girls. Savannah’s story is particularly high on my list!
- Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley | Sport: General Fitness? – I’ve heard so many good things about this G.I. Jane meets YA book. Even though it’s not really a sports book, it’s definitely one that I could see as fitting into that mold.
Are there sporty books that you love? What sports settings are auto-buys for you? Got any recs for me? Drop me a line and let me know!
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I am SO proud of the US gymnastics team. They are amazing this year and have lived up to the hype and beyond.
I’m curious about “Tumbling” too (especially since a guilty pleasure show for me was “Make it or Break It”) and have heard Miranda’s books are really good too. 🙂
I’m not even American and I was proud of the US women’s gymnastics team. They are killers!
I’m a huge fan of Make It or Break It as well, so yeah, Tumbling is totally my jam. You should definitely check out Letters to Nowhere as well – great if you’re a gymnastics fan. And yeah, Miranda’s books just keep getting better. Thanks for stopping by!
This was a really good idea ! I love it!
Nothing wrong with a bit of Olympic fever! 🙂 I want to read a few of these books! Great idea. 🙂
I love books that have sports and you have some amazing picks here! You might like Play On/Game On by Michelle Smith or The Hard Count by Ginger Scott!
Thanks, lady! I’ve been looking at those Michelle Smith books to possibly add to my list. I haven’t heard of The Hard Count, will check it out!
I’m really excited for Jason Reynolds’s GHOST, a MG about track — part of a series about track and field.
Ooh, going to check that out now! Thanks so much, Jenn (and thanks for writing such a great MG about baseball!).
Great topic!!! I have read Defending Taylor and love it. I want to read all the other books in that series – which I think are mostly sporty. First & Then is one I really need to get because that cover!! I just read Game On which is about baseball mostly and some soccer and was really cute. Great list!!
I usually avoid books that deal with sports. I think the last book I read about sports was…I can’t even remember the name of it now. Lol! It was an ARC I got, and liked it well enough.
I just finished reading Stealing Parker and really loved it so I will definitely be reading Miranda other books in that series. I also enjoyed First and Then.
Great Idea for this TTT! I haven’t heard of many of these books, but I will be checking them out! 😀 My Top Ten Tuesday!
I love your topic! Somehow, I’ve never read any of Miranda Kenneally’s books. I need to read them! Especially if Breathe, Annie, Breathe is set in Tennessee! Fabulous list.
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Ahh! These all look so good! Both of the gymnastic books and Goldfish are going on my TBR. As someone who swims synchronised swimming, though, I wish I could find some good novels there. So far I’ve only found one!