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?
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
- 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
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?