they announced the finalists for the 2012 Tournament of Books. Usually, they release a "long list" sometime late in December, and the 16 finalists in January. This year, they just released the finalists right away! Coming the day before a 2 week Christmas break with plenty of reading time? Hallelujah!
Looks like they are up to some interesting shenanigans this year. This year, there 18 books total on the list. 15 already in for sure, and 3 vying for a "play-in" spot in the opening round. Those 3 are similar in theme, books about the Iraq war. It's a clever way of picking one to advance. Tricky, tricky, TOB planners!
Sweet! I've already read these:
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Awesome! I already own these:
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Bring it on!
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Building Stories by Chris Ware***
Fobbit by David Abrams
HHhH by Laurent Binet
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Ivyland by Miles Klee
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Meh. I'll admit to being ambivalent about these:
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Dear Life by Alice Munro
By the way, Building Stories by Chris Ware was what I wanted to get you for Christmas, except that it was sold out everywhere. That's why I got you the Dracula earrings instead. They actually are printing more and they won't be available until mid-January. Have you heard about this? It seems incredibly cool. I'm sort of excited to have a reason to get this for myself. Heh.
As for the two that I'm ambivalent about: I've just heard mediocre things about The Song of Achilles. And I've never been a huge fan of Alice Munro, but then again, I've never given her much of a shot either. I think I read a story I didn't like in college and that was it. It's probably a good thing I'll have to give her another chance.
I'm super excited about this year's TOB list, and I've been thinking about my TBR list for next year. We're signing up again next year, right? I'm reading away at my last book for 2012 and will definitely get it finished before the end of the year.