2014 Tournament of Books Update

Tournament of Books X 2014
Tournament Results as of March 23rd
In late February, I attempted to make a few predictions at how the Tournament of Books rooster would crow. Surprisingly, for those I was able to fill in, things went pretty well – the only round I slipped up on was John Green’s judging of Life After Life vs. The People in the Trees. I was pretty confident he would choose Atkinson’s book, but I’m thrilled he went with The People in the Trees, since it’s the one I preferred. 
 
If you haven’t read some of the essays and commentary, I would highly recommend taking a peek (I’ve linked to each of them next to their dates down below). Seeing what the judges have to say is always fascinating, even if you don’t agree with them. I was particularly awed by John Freeman, Lydia Kiesling and Roxane Gay so far this year.
 
So, what’s next? A Tale for the Time Being will be up against The Good Lord Bird today (I won’t spoil you in case you haven’t read it yet!), followed by The Son v. The People in the Trees (!!!) tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday, those books will go to the Zombie Round, in which the books that have fallen from the Tournament with the most fan votes will return. As of right now, The Goldfinch and Life After Life have the highest number of votes to come back, so we’ll see if they stay on top!
 
What’s my ultimate prediction? If I have to call it, I’m putting my money on The Son. I’m fairly confident it will beat out The People in the Trees and can beat out any Zombie it comes in contact with. Once it makes it to all the judges, it’s such a universally loved book that it should have an easy time winning. I hope. 
 

3/3: Pre-Tournament Playoff Winner: Life After Life
3/6: The Luminaries v. Hill William Winner: Hill William
3/7: A Tale for the Time Being v. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Winner: A Tale for the Time Being
3/10: The Good Lord Bird v. The Tuner of Silences Winner: The Good Lord Bird
3/11: The Signature of All Things v. The Dinner Winner: The Signature of All Things
3/12: The Lowland v. Eleanor & Park Winner: Eleanor & Park
3/13: The Son v. At Night We Walk in Circles Winner: The Son
3/14: The Goldfinch v. Long Division Winner: The Goldfinch
3/17: Life After Life v. The People in the Trees Winner: The People in the Trees
3/18: Hill William v. A Tale for the Time Being Winner: A Tale for the Time Being
3/19: The Good Lord Bird v. The Signature of All Things Winner: The Good Lord Bird
3/20: Eleanor & Park v. The Son Winner: The Son
3/21: The Goldfinch v. The People in the Trees Winner: The People in the Trees
3/24: A Tale for the Time Being v. The Good Lord Bird
3/25: The Son v. The People in the Trees
3/26: Zombie Round: TBD
3/27: Zombie Round: TBD
3/28: Championship

Were there any decisions that surprised you? What book do you think will win?