Here's what we're starting with....32 books duking it out for #1.
Because of the number of books that are being dealt with here things will get pretty long. So...I'm going to break the competition into three separate posts. Round 1, followed by the Sweet Sixteen, followed by the Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Finals.
In Round 1, the playing field will be cut down by 1/2...leaving us with 16 remaining contenders.
Heat 1 :
(rating of 4) vs. (rating of 5)
Winner : The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Heat 2 :
This is a tough decision. Jane Eyre has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. Catching Fire was an amazing new read. In this case I have to go by which one I would reread first. Though I'd like to say that I'm sticking to my guns, I think that Catching Fire has a clear edge here.
Winner : Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Heat 3 :
Winner : The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Heat 4 :
It's another head-to-head, but this one is an easy decision. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest was an absolutely amazing read. I would read it again right now and I just finished it last week.
Winner : The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Heat 5 :
Again, the newbies come out on top. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo wins easily.
Winner : The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Heat 6 :
Winner : The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Heat 7 :
Winner : The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Heat 8 :
Winner : Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Heat 9 :
Winner : Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
Heat 10 :
Winner : Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Heat 11 :
Winner : Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Heat 12 :
Another tied up match. And again, an easy choice for me. The White Queen was a smoother and easier read.
Winner : The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Heat 13 :
Winner : The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Heat 14 :
Winner : Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Heat 15 :
Two historical novels from the same time period, but opposite ends of the earth in competition for the same spot. What are the odds? I'm going to have to go with Memoirs of a Geisha. The detail was just amazing.
Winner : Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Heat 16 :
Winner : Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Ok...that completes that round. This was more or less the easy round to decide. In the next round, very few books will be ranked less than 5. That will certainly make for some stiffer competition. Three authors have multiple entries in the sweet sixteen : Suzanne Collins, Stieg Larsson, and of course...Audrey Niffenegger (you saw that coming, didn't you?)
There they are...the Sweet Sixteen! On to Round 2...