The time has finally come! I’ve been reading as feverishly as possible, and to date, have read eight of the final 16, DNFed two, and am currently reading two titles. I’m, of course, hopeful I can fit a few more in (specifically The Sympathizer) before their respective discussion dates, but we shall see.
The Tournament officially kicked off yesterday with the Play-In Round between Tyler’s A Spool Of Blue Thread and Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries. I’m happy the judges went with A Spool Of Blue Thread for two reasons: 1) I liked it, and 2) it was the one between the two I had actually read. Go me.
In case you’re curious regarding my progress since the list was first announced, here’s an updated list for you with titles crossed off if I’ve either completed or DNFed:
Ban En Banlieue, by Bhanu Kapil
Bats Of The Republic, by Zachary Thomas Dodson
The Book Of Aron, by Jim Shepard (currently reading)
The New World, by Chris Adrian & Eli Horowitz (currently reading)
Oreo, by Fran Ross (DNF) Our Souls At Night, by Kent Haruf The Story Of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli (DNF)
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
Now, onto The Bracket. I painstakingly spent hours (okay, minutes) of intense thought over my choices… and, of course, there is always the chance (and likelihood) of an upset or two… but here’s where I settled:
Only time and intense deliberation will tell if any of my predictions will stand against the test of the judges wrath/opinions! Will you be playing along with this year’s Tournament of Books?