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March Madness Challenge Update: Early Winners

bkmadness_bracket_lgThe tournament is over so we have our first two winners. Keep reading to find out who won the first two prizes and who is in the lead for our grand prize.

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. 

Final Scoreboard: Books in Blue advanced to the next round. Strikethrough books were eliminated.

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

Championship game:
Boys in the Boat vs. The Noise of Time

Final Predictions Scoreboard:
75- Annapi
72 – Oliver
71- Jen
63 – Cora
58 -Dan
57- Rachel
53 – Andrew
50  – Kate
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

All prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition because of one caveat — we want to give as many people as possible a chance to win prizes so each person can only win ONE prize. If one person happens to be the winner of more than one prize, we’ll ask that person to pick which prize they prefer and then we will pick the runner up to win the other prize. So far our two tentative winners are:

Annapi: First place in predictions
Rachel: For nominating the book that ultimately won the competition — Boys in the Boat

Reader board (books must be read and review posted to qualify):
Kate26 points (Rebecca {.5}, Night Film {1}, Neverwhere {1, 2}, Constellation {1, 2, 3}, Boys in the Boat {1, 2, 3}, Turner House {1}, All the Light We Cannot See (0.5), The Year of Magical Thinking {1}, We are Water {.5},  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks {.5}, Between the World and Me {1, 2, 3}
Tracy25 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}, Turner House {1, 2, 3}, Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki {1, 2})
Annapi22 points (Boys in the Boat {1, 2, 3, 4, 6}, Constellation {1, 2, 3}
Andrew9 points (picked Euphoria {1,2} Between the World and Me {1, 2, 3})
Jan7.5 points (Charles Bukowski {.5}, Archive Fever {.5}, The Martian {1, 2, 3}, Never Let me Go {.5}
Oliver – 6 points (Between the World and Me {1, 2, 3}
Andrea 4 points (Euphoria {1,2}, Room {1})
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}
Katrina1 point (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams {1})
Jen – 1 point (The Library at Mount Char – picked only for round 1 {1})

So participants, what book has been your favorite so far? Which one is your least favorite?


5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Of the books I’ve read so far, Never Let Me Go has been my favourite. I was comforted to read Tracey S’s review of The Martian and discover I’m not the only one who found it too tech heavy. I picked up Constellation from the library on Saturday and am really excited to get started on that one.

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    April 18, 2016
  2. Book Worm #

    Well I was rubbish at this lol

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    April 18, 2016
    • Tracy S #

      I’ve been doing March Madness brackets for years, and the only prediction I’ve made consistently is that Gonzaga always wins their first round. Good thing I’ve never put money on any of them!

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      April 18, 2016
  3. still don’t understand it. 🙂


    April 18, 2016
  4. OMG City on Fire vs. Infinite Jest … as I am half-way through CoF and only made it to 170 in IJ, that is every level or torture imaginable.


    April 18, 2016

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