Tournament of Books 2017: Late to the Party

Posted 10 March, 2017 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in books and publishing, Reading

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First, preliminaries. I want to say that I love The Morning News  for providing interactive brackets this year. It makes writing these posts so much easier. Secondly, as the post header suggests, I’m late to this party. I did not predict (or honestly even think about that much) who would win the play-in match or the first two match-ups.

What I will say is that I’m not surprised that Underground Railroad took the first round. I’m also so happy that The Vegetarian lost in its bracket that I literally cheered when I saw the result. Aside: I cannot believe it won the Man Booker, I disliked it so much I couldn’t even bring myself to review it. Anyway. 

Currently, I’ve read about ten books in the Tournament. I hope to finish a few more before their match-ups. I also hope to bang out some more mini-reviews of the ones that I’ve read, hopefully to go live tomorrow or Sunday. Work is hectic so, we’ll see.

Based on what I’ve read, (and buzz that I’ve heard) I think that this year’s Tournament is likely to come down to four books. The Nix (read), Grief is the Thing With Feathers (review), The Mothers (review), and Underground Railroad (based on buzz). I advanced All the Birds in the Sky instead of Underground Railroad, simply because I’ve read the latter.

As the Tournament wears on, I hopefully will post to update my brackets and make new predictions.

I love this time of year, Reader. Don’t you? It’s so much more fun than March Madness, can we all agree on that? 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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  • So glad to hear The Mothers has a decent shot. And I felt the same way about Grief is the Thing with Feathers as you did about The Vegetarian 🙂 Those crow sections were pretty much incomprehensible to me.

  • Yay, ToB! I didn’t hate The Vegetarian, and rather liked it actually, but certainly not to the degree it has been gaining attention. It was fine, that’s about it, and although I struggled through sections of All The Birds, I was happy to see it progress as well.