Sometimes books get to us in a personal way. Sometimes we can relate to them so much it feels like they tell us the stories of our own lives. Sometimes there is just an aspect that really speaks to us because we love that thing in real life as well. It is impossible to capture that feeling in a review, so we decided to start a series called Literary Reflections to talk about the books that feel almost private to us because of personal reasons.
After reading several books in a row with a football theme, I started thinking about how things I enjoy in my personal life often influence my reading habits, which led to today’s football post. After all, y’all get to see the reviews for these books, so I thought I’d give you a little insight into why I love them so much. I hope y’all like the post, and maybe some of you share this love for the sport with me. Football occupies most of my weekends this time of year, so I decided it was time to devote a post to my favorite sport and tell y’all why you may see a few more “football” book reviews in the future. ;)
Here in Mississippi, football is about as important as air and water. We wear our team colors proudly. Heaven forbid, if you’re unfortunate enough to have to work on game day, your favorite player’s jersey is considered acceptable “work clothing” for the day. Most of our weekends revolve around football. Want to make Friday night plans? You better make sure it doesn’t conflict with your high school’s home football game. Then on Saturdays, you are either A) tailgating from your couch and flipping the channels from one SEC game to another, or B) tailgating at your alma mater before and after—to either celebrate the victory or mourn the loss—the day’s big game. Then on Sundays, you have to hurry home from church to make sure you’re in front of the TV in time for noon NFL kickoffs. By the Sunday night game, you might be a little tired of football, but you’d never admit it! We cheer hard for the teams we love, and we harbor hatred like you wouldn’t believe for our rivals.
Epic Recs is hosted by Amber and myself, and it’s a feature slash book club where people challenge each other to read a certain book each month. We both like to force people to read books, so this is the best excuse to test our book pushing. Welcome and feel free to join in on the fun! Here’s what Amber and I are making each other read this month: