Announcing the 2013 Tournament of Books

Announcing the 2013 Tournament of Books

Oh, you guys. I am beside myself with excitement. As you probably, hopefully know, each year The Morning News hosts the Tournament of Books. It is a March Madness style tournament held, appropriately, each March in which 16 books face off, leaving only one book standing as the champion. In their words, it’s “the granddaddy of highbrow bracketology.” And I can’t wait.

Though the tournament doesn’t start until March, the kind folks at The Morning News announced the finalists today, so that I have enough time to find and devour the books before “the Rooster” begins. (The nickname for the tournament stems from the fact that the winner gets a live rooster.)

Here are the finalists:

The 2013 Tournament of Books Finalists

Pre-Tournament Playoff Round

  • Fobbit by David Abrams
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – own, but haven’t read *Winner of Playoff Round*
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Fortunately, I’ve already read two of the books on this list: The Fault in Our Stars and Gone Girl. I also own Arcadia, Bring Up the Bodies, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. So that leaves a mere 13 for me to track down. (I’ll track my purchasing and reading progress on the list above.)

Have you read any of these books? Are you going to follow along with the tournament?