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Last chance to sign up for our book bracket challenge (full rules here)! I’ve created a pool over at CBS for anyone who wants to play along. You can find that here. Password is: book madness. Brackets lock around noon today so make your picks this morning or you will be shut out. Please note that only about half of our participants have created CBS brackets (some have emailed their spreadsheets directly to me) so the list of participants over at CBS represents about half of the entries.

The grand prize requires that you read books you pick from your bracket but one prize involves predictions only with no reading.

When you are picking your brackets, please note that Basketball teams are paired with books in the following way:

South (non-fiction)
1. Between the World and Me = Kansas
2. The Boys in the Boat = Villanova
3. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale = Miami
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks = California
5. H is for Hawk = Maryland
6. Into Thin Air = Arizona
7. The Warmth of Other Suns = Iowa
8. The Hot Zone = Colorado
9. The Year of Magical Thinking = UConn
10. The Snow Leopard = Temple
11. See you Made an Effort = Wichita St
12. In Other Words = South Dakota State
13. Dark Money = Hawai’i
14. = Charles Bukowski = Buffalo
15. Archive Fever = UNC Asheville
16. The Great Spring = Austin Peay

East (fiction non-U.S.)
1.  The Noise of Time = North Carolina
2.  Half of a Yellow Sun = Xavier
3. Rebecca = West Virginia
4. Room = Kentucky
5. A God in Ruins = Indiana
6. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki = Notre Dame
7. I Capture the Castle = Wisconsin
8. The High Mountains of Portugal = USC
9. The Illegal = Providence
10. Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend = Pittsburgh
11. Snow = Michigan
12. The Heather Blazing = Chattanooga
13. Shylock is my Name = Stony Brook
14. Bone and Bread = Stephen F. Austin
15. Minister without Portfolio = Weber State
16. What Lies Between us = FGCU 

West (science fiction/fantasy)
1. The Martian = Oregon 
2. The Lions of Al-Rassan = Oklahoma
3. Neverwhere = Texas A&M
4. The Fifth Season = Duke
5. Station Elevan = Baylor
6. Never Let me Go = Texas
7. The Dispossessed = Oregon State
8. Hild = Saint Joseph’s 
9. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams = Cincinnati
10. Ancillary Sword = VCU
11. The Library at Mount Char = Northern Iowa
12. New World Fairy Tales = Yale
13. All the Birds = UNC Wilmington
14. Uprooted =  Green Bay
15. The Beautiful Bureaucrat = Cal St Bakersfield
16. The Traitor Baru Comorant = Holy Cross

Midwest (Fiction U.S.) ranks
1. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena = Virginia
2. Epitaph = Michigan State
3. Night Film = Utah
4. City on Fire = Iowa State
5. All the Light We Cannot See = Purdue
6. Lonesome Dove = Seton Hall
7. The Queen of the Night = Dayton
8. We Are Water = Texas Tech
9. Did you Ever have a Family? = Butler
10. Turner House = Syracuse
11. Euphoria = Gonzaga
12. Fates and Furies = Little Rock
13. Infinite Jest = Iona
14. The Edge of Lost = Fresno State
15. The Sellout = Middle Tennessee
16. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist = Hampton

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Okay now that things are underway let me get a few things straight in my head. If I picked Baylor/Station Eleven to defeat Yale/New World Fairy Tales I have picked badly 😦

    If I go ahead and read Station Eleven I earn half a point because you are being kind to us on first round losses.

    I would get nothing for reading the winning book, New World Fairy Tales because I did not choose it

    I correctly chose Duke/Fifth Season to defeat UNCW/All the Birds. If I read Fifth Season I get a point and some sort of point reward for correct prognostication.

    Am I rewarded for correct prognostication even if I do not read the matched book?

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    March 17, 2016
    • yes to everything except your last question. The two prizes will be considered separately so points for predictions will only be used for the predictions prize. The grand prize points will only be based on having read the book. That said if you read the fifth season and it wins the whole thing, you would get the points it gets from each round win (a total of about 26 points). For the grand prize you don’t get points toward the grand prize if you don’t read the book but it will count toward your predictions points. So essentially, all participants will get two sets of scores: one for the reading/grand prize and one set for just predictions. Does that make sense?


      March 17, 2016
    • and now that I realize it, I think I just said essentially the same thing as you did. In other words you will get credit for both predictions and reads but each set of points is allocated for different prizes. and yes, for the predictions prize, you get the points without reading the books.


      March 17, 2016
    • And station eleven was a huge upset with most people in our group picking it to advance. So it’s bad for you but less so because most people did the same. I didn’t pick it because I didn’t love it and I read somewhere that this could be an upset

      I will be updating score on the challenge page just not in real time like CBS. Probably twice a day during tournament days


      March 17, 2016
  2. Tracy S #

    Where do we start posting reviews?


    March 18, 2016
    • On the challenge page (under challenge tab in main menu bar


      March 18, 2016
      • Tracy S #

        I’m not seeing anywhere to post comments..


        March 18, 2016
      • Ok must be an issue with the page settings.i will change that when I get to a computer. Give me an hour


        March 18, 2016
      • done. You should be able to post now


        March 18, 2016

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