This week brought the last Zombie Round, as well as the Finals, and ultimately a Rooster was awarded. A bit of an emotional roller coaster starting with disgust, riding all the way back to joy!
If you need to catch up:
Click on each date to be taken to The Morning News judging for that day.
Click on the book covers to be taken to the Goodreads synopsis.
Words really cannot describe my emotions about this judging – well, let me clarify – words CAN describe, but are not suitable for children, and probably even some adults. I know last week I said I would be fine with either winning this round, and indeed that’s true, but the way An Untamed State was taken down, was frankly despicable. I’m going to leave it at that, because I just can’t think/talk about it anymore. I was hoping for a re-match for the ladies, but can’t argue too much against All the Light We Cannot See.
VICTORY!!! Despite all my incorrect predictions along the way, I did bring Station Eleven to the end and it was definitely in my top favorite reads from this group of books. In the end, Station Eleven took the win for the Rooster at 15 votes versus 2 votes.
A few final thoughts…
I will definitely be playing along again next year! One change I will employ is to start reading earlier – essentially as soon as the short list is announced. I felt a little stressed this year to try and get all the books read, and ultimately did not succeed. It also started to feel a bit forced at the end when part of me wanted to be reading other things, but I still felt like I had so much ToB reading to accomplish. I think if I start earlier, I’ll be able to insert other books to mix it up a little!
I was able to fully or mini review, all of the books I read, and next year will ideally write full reviews of all 16 books. In case you missed it:
- Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
- All the Birds, Singing, by Evie Wyld
- The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
- The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
- Reading Round-Up: #ToB15 Style
Were you satisfied with the winning book? Let me know your thoughts below!