The Tournament of Books 2014

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It’s that time again! The time where bookish folks alike join together on the inter-web to witness the literary book showdown. Each year The Morning News comes out with a lists of books from the previous year that “enter a March Madness-style battle royale.”  The Morning News post finalists of about 17 novels. The list includes some bestsellers, different genres, and some titles that are not as well known or read-it provides a great reading mix and makes the judging interesting.

In March, the selected novels will be paired off in a March Madness tournament style. The judges will be responsible for reading two titles and then advancing the one they like the best. During the process, the ToB chairmen will provided commentary and we the readers can also add our own annotations. The ToB serves as fun literary event for readers all over in a true “sports” fashion.

In the end only two books remain and will be judged by the entire panel of judges. One will be chosen and crowned the Rooster of 2014. NPR explains it a little more in depth here and  The Morning News also gives us a look into what last year’s tournament looked liked.

Here is the list of the finalists:

  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  • Hill William by Scott McClanahan
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Pre-Tournament Playoff Round

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

Here’s the long list too; they didn’t make the final cut but are nevertheless great books to read.

How many have you read? I’ve read some that are on the list, but I want to make an effort to read more. With that being said, I’m excited about the upcoming tournament, and with judges like Sarah Schulman and John Green, it’s sure to be an interesting event!


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