2015 Tournament of Books

The Morning News is an online magazine that posts about a wide range of topics, one of which is books. Since 2005, they have moderated a book contest – dubbed the Tournament of Books – during the month of March that is structured similarly to NCAA basketball brackets. This contest consists of what are thought to be sixteen of the best books from the previous year, in this case, 2014. The books are then matched against each other, with a different judge for each match who selects one book of the two to advance to the next round until only two books of the original sixteen remain.  All judges read the final two books, and a lucky winner is chosen, and deemed winner of the Rooster Prize!  Click here for more details and information on the process, the long list from which the sixteen books were chosen, and the judges for this year.  Make sure to bookmark the website, so you can follow along throughout the month of March for daily posts on the Tournament proceedings!  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

Despite having lived several years in NCAA fandom territory… North Carolina where you bleed blue… light or dark…. UNC versus Duke… my affinity towards basketball remains apathetic, at best.  So reading my way through March Madness, is the perfect “sport” for me!

I first heard about Tournament of Books last year, when it was already partway through March, and too late to read many of the books.  So I’ve kept it in the back of my mind, and fully intend to play along from the sidelines this year.  My hope is to read as many of the 16 books as I can between the months of February and March.  There are a few on the list that don’t sound super appealing to me, so those I will consider low priority.

Of the list, I have already read three books, own two in physical copy, own one as an e-book, and have already been able to track several more down from my local library.  A reasonable place to start, I would say!

Now, without further ado… the list!


Silence Once Begun  Silence Once Begun, by Jesse Ball

A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall: A Novel  A Brave Man Seven Stories Tall, by Will Chancellor

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All the Light We Cannot See  All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neopolitan Novels, #3)  Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante

An Untamed State  An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay

Wittgenstein Jr  Wittgenstein Jr.by Iyer Lars

A Brief History of Seven Killings  A Brief History of Seven Killingsby Marlon James

Redeployment  Redeployment, by Phil Klay

Station Eleven  Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

The Bone Clocks  The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell

Everything I Never Told You  Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Dept. of Speculation  Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill

Adam  Adam, by Ariel Schrag

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)  Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

The Paying Guests  The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters

All the Birds, Singing  All the Birds, Singing, by Evie Wyld


Plan to see several of these books on my upcoming TBRs and monthly wrap-ups!  Comment below and let me know if you’re going to play along, or have read any of the books!



21 thoughts on “2015 Tournament of Books

  1. I was surprised (and thrilled!) that I had so many read when the shortlist was announced this year, but I’m still not sure I’ll be able to finish them all before the Tournament. I’m going to try to get a few more in, but there are a couple (particularly those in the trilogies) I’m not really interested in. Love the Tournament and can’t wait for it to get here!


    1. Yeah, it’s going to be a push to try and get all of them done… but one can try! I agree with you regarding the books that are part of series (I think there’s two of those this year)… I already have more than enough series to keep me occupied for a long long while, so those are the lowest of low priorities. Thanks for checking out my blog, and for commenting!


  2. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard about this before, but this list has so many book on my TBR that I’m annoyed I didn’t join in! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them to help me decide which to read first! 🙂


    1. When I found out about it too late last year, I was immediately crushed that I couldn’t play along – and this was even before my blog! I immediately made a mental note, and tuned in earlier this year. My favorites so far have been: The Bone Clocks, All the Light, and Station Eleven. I also really liked An Untamed State and All the Birds, Singing. I would recommend all of those, regardless of the Tournament.


      1. Oh, I loved Station Eleven! It was one of my most pleasant surprises last year. I’m trying to get over my intimidation when it comes to The Bone Clocks, and I definitely will be reading All the Light, which I’ve started but haven’t finished yet! I’ll be sure to check out the Tournament next year!


      2. I also was intimidated to start, but forged on due to the Tournament, and once you get used to the writing style, it’s an excellent read!


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