Where did you travel for last week’s challenge? Wherever you went, I hope you met some new friends, saw some new sights, and plan to go back sometime soon.
After seven of these challenges, we figure your competitive juices should be flowing, so this week we want you to read books about sports or other competitions. For you fiction readers, how about Chad Harbach's bestselling The Art of Fielding , or Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk  by Ben Fountain? If you like your competitions with somewhat higher stakes, you could try any one of The Hunger Games Trilogy . For you nonfiction folks, there are quite a few recent releases that might get your motors running. Try Dream Team  by Jack McCallum, or Over Time , the memoir by the always thought (and argument)-provoking Frank Deford.
For those of you who believe the real competition isn't played in stadiums, but in the boardrooms of businesses large and small, there's Lean In  by Sheryl Sandberg or The Power of Habit  by Charles Duhigg. If you like your competition a little more Darwinian. There’s Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time  by Georgia Pellegrini.
Okay, now the ball's in your court. Will you answer the bell? Will you knock one out of the park, or go down in a blaze of glory? All you have to do is pull yourself up by your bootstraps (after you pull your pants on one leg at a time just like the other guys), and remember to take it one book at a time.
No matter how it turns out, you know it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game! Let us know how you liked whatever it is you choose in the comments box below.