Opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London are on July 27.
Here are two non-fiction sources to enrich your enjoyment of the Games:
How to Watch the Olympics : The essential guide to the rules, statistics, heroes, and zeroes of every sport, by David Goldblatt. A witty and fun guide to the rules, strategy, and history of each Olympic sport.
The Complete Book of the Olympics, by David Wallechinsky. A complete statistical record since the founding of the modern Games in 1896—including medals won, times, distances, or scores and a history of every event at each of the modern Games.
And some recent novels with Olympic themes or background:
Private Games, by James Patterson. "Private,” the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Hours before the opening ceremony, a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee and his mistress are murdered.
Gold, by Chris Cleave. Cyclists Zoe and Kate are friends and athletic rivals for Olympic gold, while Kate and her husband Jack, also a world-class cyclist, must contend with the recurrence of their young daughter's leukemia.
Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron. Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts.