Between the Zika virus and the latest warnings for Olympic athletes not to put their heads under the water in Brazil because it is full of disgusting stuff I’d rather not talk about here, it feels like the summer Olympics are shaping up to be a horror show.
Okay, I admit this is a shameless ploy for explaining why I am mixing YA horror links with YA books about athletes today. But I love the idea of celebrating our finest athletes with a nod to our fascination with the dark side of things.
- If you’re like me and would rather read about sports than actually doing them here are 10 YA Books to Get You Pumped for the Summer Olympics.
- My favorite Olympic sport is gymnastics, or rather watching gymnastics. They make it seem so easy I finding myself thinking, I could do that. My delusions aside, these 14 Books To Read If You’re Stoked To Watch The 2016 Summer Olympics feature quite a few novels about young gymnasts.
- Even without the Zika virus, the world of Olympic athletes is not all sunshine and unicorns. In her masterful new crime novel You Will Know Me, Megan Abbott explores the dark world of a driven teenage gymnast with an Olympic dream.
- My second favorite Olympic sport to watch is swimming. But swimming inevitably makes me think of drowning. Dive into these 65 Great YA Horror Reads by Women for stories about killing ghosts, hungry ghosts, and finding ghosts at the bottom of a well.