Tournament of Books Announced!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oh, except for dairy month. And the MN State Fair. And Christmas… Well, let’s just say it’s in the top ten, shall we?


Last year I ill-advisedly put together reading schedules for the Odyssey, Sandman, and Ulysses. On the one hand, WTF was I thinking, on the other, I know damn well what I was thinking: ALL THE BOOKS! I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS! But I told myself, and I’m sure other people, oh, I’ll give a miss to the ToB this year.

NO. I will do no such thing. I’ve just finished Station Eleven (which I correctly guessed would be on the short list) and I’ve got Untamed State and Brief History of Seven Killings on deck. Who am I kidding, I am totally going to buy the David Mitchell book. And the rest I’ve now requested from the library, having had to jigger my request list so it didn’t exceed 50. (That’s not OCD, no, no it’s not.)

So, despite the fact that I’m in the middle of FOUR books already, little things like Homer’s Odyssey, Absolute Sandman v. III, The Sandman Companion, and Sandman Dustcovers, I’m going to blaze ahead, full speed. Woo hoo!

The Shortlist for The Morning News 2015 Tournament of Books

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Adam by Ariel Schrag
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

5 Responses to “Tournament of Books Announced!”

  1. carolyn Says:

    I’m so glad you posted this, I might’ve missed it! :)

  2. Stephanie Says:

    I’m on a library waiting list for ‘Station Eleven’ and can hardly stand the anticipation! :) This year will be the first that I’ve actually kept track of what I’ve read.

  3. girldetective Says:

    Steph, I’d advise tempering your expectations–it’s good but I’m not sure it has the mojo to go all the way.

  4. Janet Says:

    I’m going to pick up All The Light We Cannot See at the library tomorrow, after being number 87 on the waitlist.

    The Paying Guests is SO good. Read it!!

  5. girldetective Says:

    Janet, one of my friends just bought All the Light, so I have an in on that, since I’m something like 1087 at the library! The Biblioracle told me to read Paying Guests next, so it’s defininitely on my list. I think my neighbor got it for Christmas, so I hope she finished it soon. I own a Brief History of Seven Killings, and it’s past time I got to that.

    I am cursing that one of my book groups chose The Emperor of All Maladies for our group this month. Not sure that’s even possible even if I bow out of ToB, which I don’t want to do. That one’s a doorstop.