March Madness has hit Niles Public Library, only it’s not basketball we’re excited about, but books. Reader’s Advisory staff at the library has selected, seeded, bracketed, and pitted books against each other in a reading contest that will elevate one book out of a field of 12 as the tournament champion.
It all started when library staffers together compiled a list of the best reads among books published last year. We do this every year, and usually post the results on this blog and in the fiction section of the library. This year, inspired by the online Morning News Tournament of Books (http://www.themorningnews.org/tob/how-it-works.php), we decided to hold a contest to uncover the best of the best. Twelve of us volunteered to judge. We paired the top 12 books into brackets and assigned one judge to determine the winner of each bracket. Each bracket’s winner continues to further judgment. Losers are eliminated, but have a chance to be revived as a Zombie.
The Orchardist Amanda Choplin
Yellow Birds Kevin Powers
The Casual Vacancy J. K. Rowling
Lightning Rods Helen DeWitt
Beginner’s Goodbye Anne Tyler
A Killing in the Hills Julia Keller
The Round House Louise Erdich
Friends Like Us Lauren Fox
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
The Chaperone Laura Moriarty
The Flight of Gemma Hardy Margot Livesey