The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 5

I loved lastAmazing Read Logo week’s challenge and hope you did too. Not all of us have the money, time or inclination to travel to distant lands. I know it’s trite, but books really do allow us to visit those places from the comfort of our easy chairs without the hassles of security screenings, chatty cabbies who insist on taking the scenic route and that whole foreign language thing. I read Watermark by the Russian poet, Joseph Brodsky, a dark, intensely lyrical meditation on the city of Venice.

Now, on to this week’s challenge! We limbered up a bit with all that globe-trotting last week, so we should be in shape for something that’s active in a different way. This week we challenge you to read about a competition. There are lots of directions you can go with this one. You could (re)read the Hunger Games Trilogy, or one of the many great baseball novels like The Natural by Bernard Malamud or Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris.

For history buffs, I would recommend something to get you psyched up for the upcoming Olympic Games like Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap, or a biography of one of the greatest American Olympians and all-around athletes of all time, Mildred "Babe" Didrickson (who happened to grow up just down the road in Port Arthur (see Amazing Challenge 3).

Whatever you choose, let us know what you are reading, or recommend a past favorite that fits the bill, but most of all have fun!