Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tournament of Books 2020

Morning News Tournament of Books
Rooster Award for best fiction
15th edition
sponsored by Field Notes and Powell's
details | daily

Each weekday in March, starting March 6, 2019, two of the books below will be read and considered by one of our judges (also listed below). One book from the “match” will be chosen to advance, with the judge required to explain in detail how he or she came to their decision. Then the judge’s decision is evaluated first by our official commentators, then by you, the Rooster fan, wherein you politely and respectfully describe how your heart was broken and your mind inflamed by such erroneous arrogance. And the next day we do it all over again.

That time of year again...

YAY! the shortlist for this annual tournament has been announced.

I read a few last year and the rest are in my tbr pile. The next couple months will be devoted to reading from this list before the competition begins.


WINNER: Normal People by Sally Rooney



All This Could Be Yours
by Jami Attenberg
Goodreads | my rating: 5

Fleishman Is in Trouble
by Taffy Akner
Goodreads | my rating: 5

Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo
-Literary, Feminism, Short Stories
Goodreads | my review: DNF

Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen
by Dexter Palmer
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

Normal People
by Sally Rooney
-Literary, Ireland
Goodreads | my rating: 5

Nothing to See Here
by Kevin Wilson
-Magical Realism
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
-Literary, Poetry, LGBTQ, Asian American, Vietnam
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

Optic Nerve
by MarĂ­a Gainza
-Short stories, Art
Goodreads | my review: tba

by Caleb Crain
Goodreads | my review: tba

Suneeta Peres da Costa
-Historical, Africa, Portugal, India, Australia
Goodreads | my rating: 4

The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood
-Dystopia, Feminism
Goodreads | my review: tba

Trust Exercise
by Susan Choi
-Literary, Coming of Age
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

The Water Dancer
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
-Historical, Magical Realism, African American
Goodreads | my review: tba

Your House Will Pay
by Steph Cha
-Mystery, Historical
Goodreads | my review: tba


Golden State
by Ben H. Winters
-SciFi, Mystery
Goodreads | my rating: 5

by Elvia Wilk
-SciFi, Dystopia
Goodreads | my rating: DNF

We Cast a Shadow
by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Goodreads | my rating: 5
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