It’s time to get your brackets ready. Will the underdogs prevail? Or will the well-known win? Of course, I’m not talking about basketball… I’m talking books. It’s time again for March Madness with a literary twist. Below we’ve included a couple of the bracket challenges to watch this year.
The Morning News has hosted the Tournament of Books for a decade and always provides fellow readers with an interesting mix of books pitted against each other. This year is no exception where there’s Jenny Offill’s Dept of Speculation, a portrait of a marriage, up against Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, a science fiction novel based around the mysterious “Area X”. Each day a new judge must pick between two books that might be similar or couldn’t be more different until the very end where only one book will be crowned the winner (and the author of the winner will be threatened with the prize of a real rooster). The first round of judging starts on March 9th – even if you haven’t read the books, the opinions of the judges and the commentary from Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner still make it worth checking out.
School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books sets out to crown the best book of 2014 for children and young adults. The Round 1 battles include nonfiction, young adult novels, middle grade fantasy, and memoirs in verse – how is a judge supposed to pick the best from such different books? It will definitely be a tough choice for judges and the reading audience.
So make your guesses, fill out your brackets, and be sure to stay tuned to see how you do!