The Shortlist for The 2015 Tournament of Books

The Shortlist for The 2015 Tournament of Books

It’s here! It’s here! If you’ve hung around here for a while, you probably recall my intense love for The Tournament of Books. Every March, The Morning News hosts a bracket-style battle of books! In each round, one judge reads two books and picks one to move forward, explaining with as much transparency as possible the reasoning for their decision. There’s even a zombie round where two books come back from the dead. It’s a literary delight.

I discovered the Rooster four(!) years ago, and I love every second of it. I can’t wait to delve into this year’s finalists:

The Shortlist for The Morning News 2015 Tournament of Books

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball [own, read]
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor [own, read]
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [own, read]
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay [own, read]
Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Redeployment by Phil Klay [own; read]
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel [own, read]
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell [library, read]
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng [own, read]
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill [own, read]
Adam by Ariel Schrag
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters [own (audio), read]
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer [own, read]
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld [own (audio), read]

This year, I have not read a single one of these yet, though I’m in the middle of Redeployment and own three others. Interesting that the winner of the Booker prize is usually a finalist, but not this year. And I’m glad that there will not be a pre-tournament play-off this year. I can’t wait to get started tracking these down and reading them!

Do you follow the tournament? Have you read any of these books?