Tournament of Books: Bracket Time!

Posted 1 March, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in

It’s time! Tournament of Books starts in earnest on 9 March 2015, so I can’t hold back my brackets any longer. Unlike Shannon at River City Reading who shared her brackets last week, I’m basing my picks off of what I would choose, rather than what I think the judges will choose. This is mostly because I am lazy and have not researched any of the judges.

What I’ve Read. I made it through 14.5 of the 16 books. Let me help you with links below.

I started but haven’t finished (and probably won’t in time, if at all) A Brief History of Seven Killings. I also chose not to pick up Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay because it was BOOK THREE of a series – it also didn’t look like something that would interest me so I decided not to undertake 1500 pages of reading to cross it off the list. 
Just like Shannon, there are a few match-ups that I’m particularly interested in.
  • Adam v. The Bone Clocks – largely because I hated Adam so much… and I loved The Bone Clocks… I want to see Adam completely destroyed, because it’s going to be so delicious.
  • Dept. of Speculation v. Annihilation – this was a close call for me, so I’m interested to see how it’s going to come out. The main reason I went with Dept. of Speculation is because it stands alone, which I feel like Annihilation cannot do.
  • The Paying Guests v. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall – there was SO MUCH hype around The Paying Guests, but I really felt like A Brave Man was the better novel. Interested to see if the judge agrees!
  • Station Eleven v. An Untamed State – Seriously, to echo Shannon… WHY?! This was definitely the hardest decision in the brackets and again, I feel like it could go either way…
What about you, Reader? How many of these have you managed to get to? Anything you’re looking forward to? Who else is SUPER PSYCHED?! 

April @ The Steadfast Reader


  • Alyssa Mathers

    I loved Station Eleven, about to read Bone Clocks! The Paying Guests was pretty good but I wasn’t crazy about All the Birds, Singing.

  • Katie McDermott

    Yes, yes Tournament time! I will be posting my bracket predictions sometime this week!!! I’ve only made it to 8 of the books so far (GAH!), but am still hopefully to squeak a few more in before their official discussion dates! Although I’m feeling a little stagnant with All the Light We Cannot See, at the moment… Interesting predictions, and I can’t WAIT to see how it all shakes out. And I also can’t wait for your “The Bone Clocks” review… I’m hoping to get mine up this week as well!

    • Eight is way better than I did last year – I maybe readddddd two? Bone Clocks is proving to be difficult for me to write because I loved it a whole lot. 🙂

      • Katie McDermott

        I just powered through the rest of All the Light this evening! Whew! My Bone Clocks thoughts will go up on the blog tomorrow… couldn’t really formulate a complete review because, I completely agree, it’s just too hard with that book!

    • Also… All The Light… was a VERY stagnant book for me, beautifully written but it took me FOREVER to get through.

  • So, so impressed you made it through so many of these! I’m excited to see how it all plays out, though (shamefully) I’ve read none of the contenders. WAIT. Lies. I’ve read Annihilation, but I agree it can’t stand alone. Maybe that person who has them out *cough* four days past their due date *cough* will return Authority and Acceptance so I can see how the series ends.

    • I started as soon as the shortlist came out this year and was lucky to have already read three of them. I was the bad guy at the library who had the overdue copy of A Brief History of Seven Killings. 🙂

  • So, I’ve only read two books included on the tournament list, but they happen to be the two you’ve selected as finalists! Both made it on my best of list for 2014.

  • Barbara Bartels

    Haven’t read enough — just Bone Clocks and All the Light, but I love seeing your predictions because they give new direction to my reading. Station Eleven now goes closer to the top of my list.

  • I’ve only read six of them, and the only first-round pair I have read is An Untamed State vs. Station Eleven… and the fact that they are first round rivals hurts my soul. It’s awesome that you made it through so many of the contenders! I’d like to try doing that next year.

  • I’m watching these posts just for the Adam commentary! 😉

  • Wow, you did an awesome getting to all of these books! I’ve never read enough of books for this tournament to have an informed opinion, but I should try to sometime, because it seems like fun.

    • It’s been really fun and I discovered a lot of good books and good new to me authors – and they’re so diverse (at least in the sense of different types of books and writing styles). It’s also going to be fun going forward because I can have a dog in the fight so to speak. 🙂

  • You were right, our brackets are very similar! I didn’t think about it until I read your post, but I wonder what they had the judge do with the Ferrante re: the previous books in the series. Did they only read book three or were they required to read all of them? Can’t wait to see how this all goes down – so close now!

    • Wouldn’t it be crazypants if An Untamed State came back in the zombie round against Station Eleven? (or vice versa)

  • Ashley

    I am THE ONLY PERSON ALIVE who has not read “Station Eleven,” I swear. There are street children in the Punjab who would look at me with disdain, like, “Ugh, lady, get your act together.” Should I really put aside my to-read pile and get straight to it? I know it’s good, but is it that good?

    • Depends… are you a fan of dystopian literature? It’s almost as good as spec. fic. that Margaret Atwood does…

  • Choosing my brackets was stressing me out and ToB should never do that, so I’ve decided to watch from the sidelines this year. We all have our favorites to win, but mine never do. I’m not strategic at all.!

  • How on EARTH is it I’ve never heard of this?!!! Digging around and figuring it out… think I’ll follow along this year, and participate next. Anyone have a good resource I can read to learn the ins and outs of this tournament?! What a fun idea!!

  • Tanya M

    Sadly, I have read not a one of these. I need to fix that for the next tournament. When do they publish the top books that are vying for the title? I probably need a year to get through 16. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup.

  • Jessica Walker Ballard

    This is an interesting idea. Thanks for sharing it on Small Victories Link up. I may try picking one of these books my next round.