March Madness for Book Nerds is upon us!
For those of you unfamiliar, the good folks at The Morning News (along with some help from friends) have picked 16 books, all published in 2014, to go head to head in a March Madness style free-for-all.
Each weekday two books face off, with one of judges choosing a book to move forward in the bracket. The judges write up a elaborate explanation of why they picked the book that they did.
When the finally two books face off, all of the judges weigh in, and the book with the most votes takes home all of the glory.
I love the ToB. I read about the judges picks while my coworkers are talking about basketball and can post my bracket on my cube wall.
Here are the books in this years tournament (links will take you to Powell’s, who sponsors the tournament and will give you a 30% discount on all tourney titles).
- Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
- A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
- An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
- Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
- Redeployment by Phil Klay
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
- Adam by Ariel Schrag
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
- All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
Which book do you think is going to win?
To get your bracket, check out the schedule and see past winners head on over to ToB site.