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March Madness Challenge Update

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Despite the fact that my bracket is essentially a sinking ship with no chance of being saved, I figured I’d post an update for those of you still in the running. After one week of the tournament we’ve had two rounds of play and the next round starts tomorrow. Here is what has happened so far and a list of the participants who are currently at the top.

Second Round:
EAST
Born a Crime vs. My Best Friend’s Wedding
The Fireman vs. The Atomic Weight of Love
News of the World vs. The Return
Lab Girl vs. The Regional Office is under attack
Difficult Women vs. We Love you Charlie Freeman
Dark Matter vs. Good Night, Beautiful Women
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things vs. The Last One
Pachinko vs. Weapons of Math Destruction
WEST:
Hidden Figures vs. The Red Queen
Underground Airlines vs. The Girls
Another Brooklyn vs. The Sun is Also A Star
The Fishermen vs. The Undoing Project
Small Backs of Children vs. Here Comes the Sun
Lilac Girls vs. Sweetbitter
Grief is the Thing with Feathers vs. My Name is Leon
Between the World and Me vs. First Love
MIDWEST
Gentleman in Moscow vs. Infomocracy
Sleeping Giants
vs. The Glorious Heresies
The Essex Serpent vs. Stamped from the Beginning
To the Bright Edges of the World vs. Sudden Death
Small Great Things vs. Imagine me Gone
Moonglow vs. Mister Monkey
Behold the Dreamers vs. Shrill
Do Not Say we Have Nothing vs. Maestra
SOUTH
Homegoing vs. Monstress
Nora Webster vs. March
The Refugees vs. Black Wave
The Mothers vs. Take it as a complement
Stranger in the Woods vs. In the Country We Love
The Hate U Give vs. Nimona
Evicted vs. Bookshop on the Corner
Swing Time vs. Central Station

Okay, so after the first round I wasn’t in too bad shape but the next round killed any chance I have of winning.  Here are the teams that moved on and are still in the running as of today.

EAST
Born a Crime vs. The Fireman
News of the World vs. Lab Girl
We Love you Charlie Freeman vs. Dark Matter
All the Ugly Beautiful Things vs. Pachinko
WEST:
Hidden Figures Vs. Underground Railroad
Another Brooklyn vs. The Fishermen 
Here Comes the Sun vs. Lilac Girls
Grief is the Thing with Feathers vs. Between the World and Me
MIDWEST
Gentleman in Moscow vs. The Glorious Heresies
The Essex Serpent vs. To the Bright Edges of the World
 Imagine me Gone vs. Moonglow
Behold the Dreamers vs. Do Not Say we Have Nothing
SOUTH
Homegoing vs. Nora Webster
Black Wave vs. The Mothers
Stranger in the Woods vs. The Hate U Give
Bookshop on the Corner vs. Swing Time

I picked Nova to win it all and also had Duke in my final four, both of which were eliminated in the third round. I’ve been loving some of the books on the bracket so I will still go ahead with reading plans. Here are our top 5 on the leader board for now (this will most likely change significantly after this next round) – not including reading points.
1. Dan P
2. Katie
3. Diane S.
4. A.J.
5. Julie R

Dan and A.J. both had Villanova (Born a Crime) as their winners so it’s unlikely they will win the predictions high score.

So the question is… How are you doing in your bracket? Remember that you get points for reading so you can pass those on the leaderboard by reading more books.

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  1. My strategy has failed. Of the books I own and will read, only one is still in the running. Of the books I want to read and I can get from the library, only one is still in the running. I picked one of them to win and the other to be runner up, though, so I’m still playing along. I started reading Born a Crime today, which I wouldn’t have read if it hadn’t been on the list. It’s really good, so that’s a form of winning!

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    March 22, 2017
    • It is fantastic. I loved it and hopefully you do too

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      March 22, 2017
  2. Tracy S #

    That East bracket messed a lot of people up!

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    March 23, 2017
  3. My picks for the final (Baylor & Kansas) are both out, but at least 2 of my picks made it to the final 4 – Gonzaga (Hidden Figures) and N. Carolina (Homegoing)! And at least Kansas (Gentleman in Moscow, which I submitted) made it to the Elite 8. That should reduce the number of books I need to read for a good score. Does anyone still have a chance at the winner? And I can’t remember – how long do we have to read?

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    March 30, 2017
    • Check the cbs pool for the standings. You can look at everyone’s bracket there. You have until April 30 to read

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      March 30, 2017

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