Read Like the Reigning Champs Ahead of the Women’s World Cup

Written by Joe Armstrong, Content Specialist, Marketing, Downtown Main Library

Can they kick it (and win an unprecedented three-peat in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, opens a new window)? Yes, they can! The reigning champions of the United States Women's National Team, opens a new window will defend their title down under as they face fierce competition from teams from all around the world. Cheer on the 23 players, including Cincinnatians Rose Lavelle, opens a new window and Aubrey Kingsbury, opens a new window, by reading books they've handpicked and authored.

Written by the Pros

Many former United States Women National Team players have written books (looking at you, Abby Wambach, opens a new window), but many current players have been published, too. 

One Life

Chase Your Dreams: How Soccer Taught Me Strength, Perseverance, and Leadership

Fans in the Stands 

What the Champs Are Reading

The defending World Cup winners aren't shy about what they're reading. Check out these picks the GOATs are reading. 

Cincinnati native and Mount Notre Dame High School alum Rose Lavelle could very well be the chosen one with her taste in books. Touting favs including the Harry Potter series, opens a new window and more recently giving the social media favorite A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) collection a shoutout, opens a new window, her literary sense is as magical as her skills on the field.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A Court of Thorns and Roses

All-time great Megan Rapinoe is a fan of poet Audre Lorde, opens a new window, saying that “Audre Lorde was unapologetically herself. She so beautifully and powerfully expressed all parts of herself and her experiences at once. She was a woman, a lesbian, a feminist, a person of color, a civil right activist and a poet. She understood so clearly that change does not come from playing by the existing set of rules.”

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Who's your favorite player on the United States Women's National Team? Let us know in the comments below!