Hooray! It’s time again for the Tournament of Books, a competition put on by The Morning News. Here’s the gist:
Each year, the folks at The Morning News put together a long list of the best books. At the beginning of the next year, they narrow it down to a shortlist, then pit those books against one another, March-madness-style.
It’s like a cutthroat competition for book-lovers. Here are some notable (meaning, I actually read them) books from this year’s competition:
Tournament of Books – titles mentioned:
Note: click each title for my full reviews.
The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
Boy lives in his artist father’s imposing shadow. Was his story a tragedy or triumph? Here’s what I can say with certainty: it is an excellent book.
Milkman by Anna Burns
Set in Ireland during The Troubles, every word drips with meaning about gender, religion, and societal expectations. Sadly, I DNFed this one.
Census by Jesse Ball
At first, I was unimpressed with this quiet book about a terminally ill census-taker and his developmentally delayed son. But it’s grown on me. A lot.
So Lucky by Nicola Griffith
This book is a somewhat autobiographical, but fictionalized account of Mara, a woman who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. And she’s pisssssssed.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
I’m a little more than halfway through this book, but it’s so captivating. Wash is a slave in Barbados who catches the attention of Titch, a white man who wants to free him.
And with no further ado, here is my Tournament of Books bracket! I already got it wrong on The Italian Teacher. I’m pretty surprised to see that my picks for the final two are Census and There, There. Ultimately, I predict There, There to take it all. We’ll see how it goes!
Check out my previous ToB booktube videos:
+ 2018 Tournament of Books video
+ 2018 ToB long list chat
+ 2017 Tournament of Books rundown
+ 2017 ToB book recommendations
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