It’s the most wonderful time of the (reading) year! I’ve been looking forward to the Tournament of Books 2016 since the end of last year’s competition! It’s essentially an excuse to hunker down, read a bunch of great fiction, have engaging bookish chats and ignore basketball completely during the month of March! (Or all the time — and all sports — if you’re me).
When the long list was announced in December, I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me, as I had only read three and DNF’d one of the 86 titles. I have been biding my time, and managed to read 1.5 more from the long list while impatiently waiting… and finally The Morning News announced the line-up for this year’s ToB! (And wouldn’t you know it, neither book I selected to read ahead from the long list made the final cut).
Ban En Banlieue, by Bhanu Kapil
Bats Of The Republic, by Zachary Thomas Dodson
The Book Of Aron, by Jim Shepard
Fates And Furies, by Lauren Groff
The Invaders, by Karolina Waclawiak
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
The New World, by Chris Adrian & Eli Horowitz
Oreo, by Fran Ross
Our Souls At Night, by Kent Haruf
The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
The Story Of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Tsar Of Love And Techno, by Anthony Marra
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
The Whites, by Harry Brandt/Richard Price
Avenue Of Mysteries, by John Irving
A Spool Of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
Last year I was able to read eleven (and DNF one) of the 16 books. This year I’m going to do my best to get to as many as I can, but will unlikely be able to get to them all. So far I’ve read two (which will decrease to one if Irving beats out Tyler for the play-in title). There are several I’m more looking forward to than others, which I will prioritize first, and then see how the library holds situation goes from there.
Will you be joining in on the ToB16 fun?