Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rooster Ten! The Tournament of Books is Back!

It's time! It's time! The Morning News's Tournament of Books Shortlist has been released!

Here it is:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Hill William by Scott McClanahan
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
Long Division by Kiese Laymon
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto
Play-In Round:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

As all my loyal readers know, I've read six of these. (My non-loyal readers can figure it out by seeing that six of these have links to my reviews on this site.) (I don't have disloyal readers.) Of the six I've read, I'm delighted that each of them is in the tournament, as I very much liked them all, and found a lot 'discussable' about each. Hopefully the trend will continue as I delve into the other titles.

The first thing I did? Lots of chatter back and forth with my Goodreads group "The Rooster!", because oh, have we ever been awaiting this list. (The internet really does have every kind of community you could wish for, eh?) (Interested? - I will totally approve your request to join us.)

Second, I of course hit the search boxes on my library websites. Luckily, I was able to find most of the ones I hadn't read, so I will be powering through them in anticipation of the brackets coming out for this March-madness-style book tournament.

And third would be the reading. All the lovely, lovely reading. I'm so looking forward to it. Next up is Meyer's novel, which I've heard a million great things about. Could I possibly love it more than the Rowell or the Lahiri? Stay tuned, my friends. I'm sure to let you know.

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