I started the Olympics with a book recommendation to get you in the mood so I think I should end the Olympics with this book tag!
Disclaimer: there are several middle of the series books given here as examples and I have not specified which.
Opening Ceremony: a book you loved from the first page
I remember The Naming by Alison Croggon having such a unique (to me at the time) introduction that it dragged me right into the story.
Cycling: favourite road trip book
Never read a book with an actual road trip in it (as far as I can remember?) but two good books which feature travelling to new places are Plains of Passage (Jean M Auel) and The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima.
Triathalon: a book with a good love triangle
I can’t think of a book with a good love triangle, tbh. However, I will name The Woman Who Rides like a Man (and to an extent the book after that one, Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce) as a great alternative to the love triangle.
Handball : a book you didn’t really get
Hmmmmm. Maybe the Hobbit. Yes that Hobbit. Sure I ‘got’ it, but I couldn’t get past to writing style to ‘get’ it, get why people love it.
Beach Volleyball: a book set in the summer
Wow, this took longer to think of one then it should have. Several of Diane Duane’s Young Wizard’s books are set in summer.
Fencing: a book with fighting
Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (land battles). Also The Fox by Sherwood Smith (water battles).
Gymnastics: a book with plot twists
Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce. Several present and most not predictable but not tacky or a cop-out, which are the best kind.
Swimming: a book that made you sob
The only book that has ever made me cry is A Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane. If you have read it, you will know why.
Golf: a slow paced book
I found Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff) really slow to start off but it did pick up after about half way through the book. Also Rook by Sharon Cameron
Trampoline: a childhood favourite
I loved the Magic Tree House books (Mary Pope Osborne), if you want to go way back. Also Captain Underpants (Dav Pilkey) and the Dragon Slayer’s Academy (Kate McMullan).
Equestrian: a book featuring animals
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce is a really good one.
Hurdles: a book you struggled to finish
A Game of Thrones by GRR Martin and The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (still have not finished them). Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and Shades of Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp. Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane (more for personal reasons then book reasons).
Synchronized Swimming: a book with a great friendship
Any of Tamora Pierce’s works. Also the Inda series by Sherwood Smith and Young Wizard’s series by Diane Duane.