2012 Tournament of Books is almost here! It's ridiculous how excited I am by this. Ridiculous.
Today, they released the titles for the 2012 tournament. It's a different roll out than last year, but I think I like it. In previous years, they released a long list of about 50 titles in December, the list of 16 in January, and the brackets in late February.
This year, they skipped the long list altogether (I did like the long list, because it had lots of good books on it that I didn't know.). Instead, they just waited to release the list of 16 already in brackets! This is revolutionary. In previous years, I'd been proud of myself for reading books, but it's sort of useless unless you've read its competition. This way, I can be more more targeted in my reading choices over the next few weeks. The good news, I've ALREADY READ FOUR OF THE 16! Yes! The bad news: 944 pages of IQ84. Gulp!
Here are this year's books in their first round match-ups. The ones I have already read are in bold.
1. Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending vs. Donald Ray Pollock, Devil All the Time
2. Helen Dewitt, Lightning Rods vs. Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
3. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 vs. Nathacha Appanah, The Last Brother
4. Alan Hollinghurst, Stranger’s Child vs. Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
5. Ann Patchett, State of Wonder vs. Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers
6. Karen Russell, Swamplandia! vs. Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table
7. Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot vs. Kate Zambreno, Green Girl
8. Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding vs. Teju Cole, Open City
Of the remaining books, I can get Open City, The Art of Fielding, State of Wonder, and The Cat's Table from my school library. I bought a copy of Swamplandia! with my winnings from Book Riot, and Erik gave me IQ84 for Christmas. Finally, I cleverly saved my bookstore gift cards from Christmas for just this reason and just ordered the other 6. Total cost to me for my Tournament of Books 2012 reading: $10.63. Yahoo!
Time for me to get cracking! Let's see how I do!
PS. I yell at my students all the time for excessively using quotation marks. And look at me.