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March Madness Challenge

bkmadness_bracket_lgIn what has been on of the crazier March Madness tournaments in a long time, it’s time to announce our leaderboard and current standings. Keep reading to find out who is in the lead and which books made it through to the final game. 


Participants: Remember that you will have until the end of June to complete your reading.  If you buy books (most should be available through libraries), please do so from our store because then we can hand out bigger prizes. 

Current Scoreboard: Books in Blue have advanced to the next round. Strikethrough books are eliminated. Time stamps for games still to be played (EST).

Round 1 results:
Between the World & Me vs. The Great Spring…
The Hot Zone vs. The Year of Magical Thinking
H is for Hawk vs. In Other Words
Henrietta Lacks vs. Dark Money
Into Thin Air vs. I See you Made an Effort
Maus: A Survivor’s Story vs. Charles Bukowski
The Warmth of Other Suns vs. The Snow Leopard
Boys in the Boat vs. Archive Fever
The Martian vs. Traitor Baru…
Hild vs. Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Station Eleven vs. New World Fairy Tales
Fifth Season vs. All the Birds
Never Let me Go vs. The Library at Mount Char 
Neverwhere vs. Uprooted
The Dispossessed vs. Ancillary Sword 
Lions of Al-Rassan vs. The Beautiful Bureaucrat 
The Noise of Time vs. What Lies Between Us
The High Mountains of Portugal vs. The Illegal
A God in Ruin vs. Heather Blazing
Room vs. Shylock is my name
Colorless Tsukuru vs. Snow 
Rebecca vs. Bone and Bread
I Capture the Castle vs. Readers of Broken Wheel..
Half of a Yellow Sun vs. Minister without Portfolio 3/18/16 @9:20pm
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena vs. Your Heart is a muscle…
We are Water vs. Did you Ever Have a Family?
All the Light We Cannot See vs. Fates and Furies

City on Fire vs. Infinite Jest
Lonesome Dove vs. Euphoria
Night Film vs. Edge of Lost
Queen of the Night vs. Turner House 
Epitaph vs. The Sellout

Round 2: 
Between the World & Me vs The Year of Magical Thinking
H is for Hawk vs. Dark Money
I See you Made an Effort vs. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
The Warmth of Other Suns vs. Boys in the Boat
The Martian vs. Hild
New World Fairy Tales vs. The Fifth Season
The Library at Mount Char vs. Neverwhere
Ancillary Sword vs. Lions of Al-Rassan
The Noise of Time vs. The Illegal
A God in Ruins vs. Room
Colorless Tsukuru vs. Bone and Bread
I Capture the Castle vs. Half of a Yellow Sun
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena vs. Did you Ever Have a Family?
Fates and Furies vs. City on Fire
Euphoria vs. Night Film
Turner House vs. The Sellout

Sweet 16 Round:
Between the World and Me vs. H is for Hawk
Maus vs. Boys in the Boat
The Martian vs. The Fifth Season
Neverwhere vs. Lions of Al-Rassan
The Noise of Time vs. A God in Ruins
Colorless Tsukuru vs. I Capture the Castle
Constellation of Vital Phenomena vs. City on Fire
Euphoria vs. Turner House

Elite 8 Round
Between the World and Me vs. Boys in the Boat
The Martian vs. Lions of Al-Rassan
The Noise of Time vs. Colorless Tsukuru
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena vs. Turner House

Final 4 Round:
Boys in the Boat vs. Lions of Al-Rassan
The Noise of Time vs. Turner House

Scoreboard (for predictions only):
75- Annapi
72 – Oliver
71- Jen
63 – Cora
58 -Dan
53 – Andrew
50  – Kate
49- Rachel
47- Morgen
45- Karin
41 – Tracy S
41- Anita
41- Jolene
40 – John M
39 – Gwen
38- Tanya
34 – Jan H
30 – Book Worm
28- Becca
22 – Andrea J
17 – Katrina

Reader board (books must be read and review posted to qualify):
Annapi – 16 points (Boys in the Boat {1, 2, 3, 4, 6})
Tracy – 16 points (New World Fairy Tales {1}Neverwhere {1,2}, Constellation{1,2, 3}, The Sellout{1}, Maus {1, 2}, Fates and Furies {1}, The Martian {1}
Oliver – 6 points (Between the World and Me {1, 2, 3}
Kate – 4.5 points (Rebecca {.5}, Night Film {1}, Neverwhere {1, 2}
Andrea – 3 points (Euphoria {1,2})
Andrew – 3 points (picked Euphoria {1,2})
Anita – 3 points (H is for Hawk {1,2})
Book Worm – 3 points (The Noise of Time picked only for rounds 1 & 2 {1, 2})
Rachel – 3 points (Neverwhere {1, 2}
Jan – 1.5 points (Charles Bukowski {1}, Archive Fever {.5}
Jen – 1 point (The Library at Mount Char – picked only for round 1 {1})

Only two people have their champion left in the game and that book is Boys in the Boat which matches up to Villanova. No one picked Noise of Time to win it all so the likely champion is already determined (for the predictions only prize). Question is… who will take home the reader prize? Should the same person win both prizes, we will ask them to pick which prize they want and allow the runner up to win a prize too.

I went to college down the street from Villanova so GO NOVA!!!!

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. I think you’ve given me too many points, Jen!


    April 7, 2016
    • I will check. It is automated so it’s probably right. You get different points for different rounds


      April 7, 2016
      • Ah, I probably haven’t understood the scoring system. I thought Bukowski only gained half a point.

        Liked by 1 person

        April 7, 2016
      • Oh, wait you mean reading points. I will check. Thanks


        April 7, 2016
    • Also FYI: will contact you early next week about your prize for scavenger hunt. I’ve had a hectic week

      Liked by 1 person

      April 7, 2016
      • No hurry at all on that. I like anticipation of good things!

        Liked by 1 person

        April 7, 2016

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