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It’s That Time of Year…

I really like using Christmas carols to express joy all year round. This time? Baseball is back, baby!

It’s almost been a full month of baseball on our television (pizza Fridays are so much better with it) and just last week, my husband and I went to our first game in a pretty long time. We both grew up Yankees fans, and went to quite a few games when we were kids. In the years we’ve been together we’ve enjoyed one championship win, said goodbye to the the iconic “old” stadium, and visited the brand new one. (Truth: we miss the old stadium so much.) It’s been a wild ride (and this year our team is pretty questionable) but it’s one of those hobbies we actually have in common. (A story for another day.)

Ladies and gents, it was nice to be back.

Yankee Stadium

To enjoy the sight, sounds, and some eats too…

Adventures at Yankee Stadium

And hey, we won the game — always a great bonus.

With all the excitement of the new season, I can’t help but think of the some of the books I LOVE because of their baseball themes! I wanted to share a few of them with you today!

Leading off, a dear favorite of mine:

THE COMEBACK SEASON BY JENNIFER E. SMITH

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

I read this one last year and it has remained my top Jennifer E. Smith reads. Smith manages to weave the tragic history of the Chicago Cubs (they haven’t won a World Series Championship in 104 years) and Ryan’s struggle to muddle through the grief associated with her father’s death. The Cubs were one of their shared interests; they both loved the team so intensely. Ryan soon meets Nick, and ties the chances of their relationship surviving to the success of the Cubs. It’s a truly beautiful story, and just oozes with love of the game.

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CURVEBALL: THE YEAR I LOST MY GRIP BY JORDAN SONNENBLICK

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

This was one of those delightful reads with a great male narrator. While Peter doesn’t get much playing time in this book (he’s been injured), he has to look past his identity as someone who played on the baseball team and go after new experiences. There are so many sweet moments in this book from meeting a new girl to dealing with changes in his treasured relationship with his grandpa.

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STEALING PARKER BY MIRANDA KENNEALLY

book cover for Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally, books about mom who announces homosexuality, books about falling in love with a teacher

I think most people see this book as the “one where the girl falls for her baseball coach.” Okay, sure, that happens. But Parker’s passion for the sport is so connected to her mother that she did a lot of things that didn’t make sense… like quit playing for a game she loved so much. One of the main themes of Stealing Parker is about teamwork: with an actual team, a family, and friendships and relationships. While it’s not quite as baseball-filled as the cover originally promised, the sport still plays an important part.

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CONFESSIONS OF A SHE-FAN: THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE WITH THE YANKEES BY JANE HELLER

Confessions of a She-Fan by Jane Heller

Guys, it’s tough to be a fan sometimes. And I know, I know. People hate on the Yankees for their success but seriously… I remember all the games in the early 90s when we would lose every single Sunday. But anyway, Jane Heller (who I love following on Twitter) writes a book about following the team in 2007. Like many, her love of the game started very early and I really enjoyed reading her story.

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Those are the all-stars on my bookshelves!

What books do you love that have a sports theme? (It’s okay, I’ll forgive you if it’s not baseball.)

April 5, 2015 - 9:01 am

Now Batting: Books and Baseball - […] written about my love of the game before, and even included a few of my baseball book recommendations. While I’m knee deep in nostalgia over the Sunday afternoons I spent at the ballpark with my […]

April 27, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Lisa - Yes! Thank you. I’ve been wanting to read some books with baseball involved. Woo!

April 24, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Alexa Y. - This post makes me absurdly happy in a way I can’t explain. I’m not a baseball fan per se (though I love the food associated with the game, as you well know), but there’s something thrilling about the sport (and at least I understand it, unlike American football). I love your baseball book suggestions! I need to read one or two or ALL of these.

April 23, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Greg - It isn’t a very “girly” book, but I always recommend “The Soul of Baseball” by Joe Posnanski.

April 23, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Kimmy - Love this post! I’m a big baseball fan too (go Toronto Blue Jays!) and I’m definitely going to check out some of these books.

April 23, 2013 - 10:08 am

kit - Have you read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach? I read it a while ago and that has a baseball theme, I really enjoyed it. I’m reading an Australian YA novel at the moment (The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes) which is focused on a girl and her love of football. My favourite sport-themed book is Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch (about football in England), but I like books about extreme sports as well – surfing and mountain climbing, stuff I’d probably never do but like reading about!

April 23, 2013 - 9:11 am

Ginger @ GReads! - There’s nothing like a hot dog & a beer at the ballpark 🙂 I haven’t read too many books with sports themes, and not because I don’t want to, just haven’t come across a lot. Being from Texas I have a soft spot for anything “Friday Night Lights”. I’m not a huge football fan, but there’s something about those high school games – so much passion & innocence – I want a book about that!

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