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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

RTW: Knock it Out of the Park

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic: 
In honor of the end of the Olympics, share your favorite sports book!

I'm going to start this post with a confession: Sports books are rare on my shelves. When I first saw the topic, I honestly couldn't think of a single one that didn't involve horses. I've read books with sports in them, but never books where the sports were a central element (excluding books with horse racing). 

Now, I like sports to a point. During hockey season, I'll be walking around listening to the games and wearing my mom's Shanahan or Yzerman jersey. If you stood within five feet of me while I watched the Preakness, you'd probably be deaf now.

When it comes to books, there are some sports books that are on my list. I just haven't gotten to them yet. So I went through my shelves and found...

A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell. This book is about a young girl who swears she'll never become involved with a horse again after a disease wipes out her family's Thoroughbred breeding operation. Then her parents become the breeding managers at Townsend Acres and Ashleigh falls in love with a sickly filly that no one believes will make it. 

I've read a good portion of this series (though never in order) and this one is by far my favorite. It's a really sweet story that I read countless times throughout my childhood.

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. This book is about the struggle for survival by a young boy and a wild Arabian stallion that shipwreck on the same deserted island. It's a classic and another book that I read countless times when I was a kid. It's hard not to be enchanted by the wild beauty of the Black.

6 comments:

Sara Biren said...

1. Steve Yzerman is my favorite hockey player. Ever. Easily. Hands Down. Hands Up. Way Up. No question. Best. Ever.

2. Jennifer Echols, coincidentally, has a recent book with a horse racing element - LOVE STORY.

3. You can watch the Spice Girls reunion HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um1jAnwic8g

:)

Jennifer Hoffine said...

I read a few horse books in my youth and showed a few horses (western style). My sister did more of both.

E.J. Wesley said...

There was a lot of squealing for joy going on at our gathering when the Spice Girls came out. Not saying it was me, but there was happiness for sure.

Alison Miller said...

I have read a few horse books, but I don't think anything will come close to Scorpio Races. LOVE

Nickie said...

This is where I confess I never liked horses. They scare me. I watched 'Gone with the Wind' -- TWO people die falling off horses! No thank you, lol.

But I can appreciate a good horse story. I just usually replace every instance of 'horse' with 'dog' in my head to make it less scary.

I'm a new follower via GFC -- my blog is nickieanderson.blogspot.com

Colin Smith said...

Wow, I've actually heard of THE BLACK STALLION! I didn't think I would recognize any of the books suggested by this week's topic. I've not read BLACK BEAUTY, but would that one count too?