It’s not really a secret that I am a sports fan. My true sports loves are baseball and hockey, so I am really excited for the Winter Olympics this month. All the hockey! And the tiny child in me loves figure skating too. All of this means that this month’s contemporary theme is winter sports!
I had trouble finding titles, so I am definitely hoping for some more suggestions in the comments (there are a lot of sports books with basketball, baseball, and footballâ€¦the hockey fan in me is trying not to be offended). There will be some overlap here with Jennifer’s recent Hub post on ice skating.
Rose is trying to deal with her new life. Her hockey player brother is away at college, her father died as a civilian in Iraq, her mother’s will is gone, her best friend had a personality transplant, and then there is the former hockey player bad boy who may or may not be flirting with her. All while trying to navigate high school.
The figure skating competition for the 2014 Winter Olympics is just a few days away. It’s always been my favorite part of the Winter Olympics. Gracie Gold, 18, seems to be able to capture hearts with her smile and her sheer talent. Polina Edwards at 15 seems so excited and shows so much love for the sport. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Ashley Wagner at 22 seems determined to make this her year. Her strength dominates the ice when she’s out there.
With these three amazing athletes, is it any wonder I find myself wishing to be able to skate? In their honor, we’re gearing up with a fun book list and some entertaining movies.
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
When Sloane Emily Jacobs, a socialite who fell from grace at the junior nationals, bumps into Sloane Devon Jacobs, a hockey player with a little too much aggression, both girls see this meeting for the opportunity it is. They decide to switch places for the summer in hopes of relieving the stress and pressure from their respective sports. Do they have what it takes to skate a mile in the other’s skates?
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Hudson intentionally threw her last figure skating competition after learning a secret about her father. She hasn’t skated since that secret tore her life apart. Three years later, she’s earned the nickname the Cupcake Queen helping her mother and brother at their family diner. Hudson hasn’t given up on her dream though and she might have a new way to achieve it.