We’re getting really close now! The 2015 Tournament of Books starts March 5th and the brackets have been released. Since it was fun to make some predictions last year (and I didn’t do too terrible in the end), I thought I’d give it a shot again. I didn’t get through all the titles, but I did end up reading nine of the sixteen.
- Silence Once Begun, by Jesse Ball
- A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, by Will Chancellor
- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
- An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay
- A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
- Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
- Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
- Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
- All the Birds Singing, by Evie Wyld
My predictions are based on what I think the judges may pick, not what I would choose. And some of these are totally out of the air because the pairings are killing me. Either way, my strongest prediction is that we will see All the Light We Cannot See or Station Eleven in the final round (possibly both) and one of them will win. I think they’re most likely to be Zombie picks if they don’t get to that point on their own, which they both have a strong chance of doing. As for the match-ups I’m most anxious for?
The Bone Clocks v. Adam (March 9)
I didn’t read either of these, but I’ve read some…interesting things about Adam, so I’m curious how the commentary will go.
All the Birds, Singing v. A Brief History of Seven Killings (March 10)
I loved All the Birds, Singing and…didn’t love A Brief History, but I think they’re both really strong contenders and definitely have serious fans. Totally unsure which way this one will swing.
Station Eleven v. An Untamed State (March 16)
Whyyyyyyy? Why? I feel like An Untamed State could have tackled almost any other title, but I’m just not sure it can win up against the universal love for Station Eleven. I hope I’m wrong.
What are your predictions for the Tournament of Books?