|Already Tired from the List!|
So as I was catching up on the blogs I follow and started reading another blogger's take on this year's list for the Tournament of Books, I realized that I had discussed it in Twitter and in a few Facebook reading groups, but never posted my thoughts out in the open on this blog.
The Tournament of Books, created by The Morning News, takes the idea of March Madness and applies it to a group of books, "representative of the outstanding fiction that was published in 2013." Judges select a winner when books go head to head, until eventually the world is left with one winner. It happens in March, so I have two months to get these books read! Oh, it's not like I have any official involvement in the tournament* but I like to play along. Last year was my first year participating, and it exposed me to books I hadn't read otherwise.
This year's books (copied directly from their site, links go to Powells since they are a sponsor):
Finalists for the 2014 Tournament of Books
- At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
- The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
- How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
- The Dinner by Herman Koch
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Long Division by Kiese Laymon
- The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
- Hill William by Scott McClanahan
- The Son by Philipp Meyer
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
- [Winner of the Pre-Tournament Playoff Round]
Pre-Tournament Playoff Round
How about you? How many of these books have you read, and do you try to read along with the Tournament of Books?
*I think most years the Morning News selects a blogger as a judge and I would love to participate! Pick me! :)