It’s Monday… Tournament of Books 2016 is ON!

Posted 25 January, 2016 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, books and publishing, Reading

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I don’t often participate in the ‘It’s Monday…’ posts, but it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I have the Tournament of Books 2016 short-list in hand and am readying myself for battle. Unfortunately all the books I decided to read from the long-list failed to make the cut, but I enjoyed most of them heartily so really there’s nothing to complain about.

So let’s take a look at the work ahead of us:

Tournament of Books 2016 Short-List

  • The New World by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz – review
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty – Currently in DNF status. Will be revived.
  • Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson – Read
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy – review
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – review
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf – review
  • Ban en Banlieue by Bhanu Kapil – I’m worried about the availability of this one.
  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli – Owned and on the list to read.
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra – Read
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen – Read
  • The Whites by Richard Price – review
  • Oreo by Fran Ross – Probably the next one I’ll read.
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard – Read
  • The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak – review
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – review

Play-In Round

  • Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving – Just bought the audio, let’s face it… I was going to read this anyway.
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Zero interest. Might read it if it actually gets in.

Updated 28 February 16

Taking Stock…

Out of the fifteen definite books I’ve read three, I own twelve, plus the John Irving in the play-in round. To make any of it count I need to get to reading! A little sad that Look Who’s Back from the long-list didn’t make it but, c’est la vie, this gives me more books to read! I also may still review Mort(e) from the long-list because, man, that book was weird.

Anyway, Reader… are you taking part in the fun? What books from the Tournament of Books 2016 short list look like they appeal to you? 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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  • At the time of the short list release, I had only read TWO (and one of those was Blue Thread for the play in round… so may not even count). Since then, I have read Our Souls (good! and short!), and DNFed Teeth (meh). We’ll see how the rest of the list goes…. there were quite a few left off that I’m SUPER bummed about, but oh well.

    Let me know how The Whites is on audio, and maybe I’ll pick that one up next. I’m listening to The Sellout on audio, and the narrator is perfection.

    • Yeahhhh…. Teeth isn’t looking like I’m going to love it, but I was having a little retail therapy and splurged on a lot of the books. 🙂

  • Such a fun way to focus your reading…and some great books on this list! I’ve had The Sympathizer on my TBR for a long time and maybe the TOB will be the kick in the pants I need to read it.

    • It really is! I discovered so many books outside of my comfort zone last year when I read most of the list. 🙂

  • I was really surprised by The Invaders. Much better book than i anticipated. I fully encourage you to read it. And for this year’s ToB there are just too many i haven’t read! Don’t know what I;m going to do.