Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book of the Year Bracket Challenge Sign-Up

Today was supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday post according to my blog planner, but I just can't help myself.

Instead, I'm announcing the 2014 Book of the Year Bracket Challenge!

What is the BOTY Challenge, you ask?

After posting my Read All the Books post explaining how I do my annual Book of the Year Bracket, Karsyn over at Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannok Book Blog (KaKiJoKoJa) suggested we make this a group project. I thought that was a wonderful idea. I've been inspired to throw down the gauntlet, host my first very own blogging challenge, and have other blogger-readers join me in creating their own BOTY brackets this year! Let the challenge BEGIN!

You don't have to be a book blogger to participate. Any blogger who reads is welcome to join!

Here's how you can be a part of it!

1. Write a post on your blog declaring your intent to join this year's challenge. Help me to get the word out and get more bloggers involved. The more the merrier!

Be sure to take the blurb and button below and add them to your post in order to link back to this sign-up page and help others find the right place to start.

The Book of the Year Bracket Challenge is a blogging challenge open to all reading bloggers and operated by Elle at Erratic Project Junkie.  Participants set a goal for the number of books they wish to read in a year and then enter those books into an NCAA style bracket of any size and in any order they choose. During January 2015, all participating bloggers will begin working through their brackets, eliminating books and picking champions with the ultimate goal of naming their favorite book (book of the year) for 2014. For all BOTY Bracket Challenge information, scheduling, and updates, visit Erratic Project Junkie.

2014 Book of the Year Bracket Challenge

2. Add your link to the linky at the bottom of this post. The linky will be open until December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm MST.

3. Decide on a goal for the number of books you'd like to enter in your bracket. Brackets may exist in any of the following book counts: 8, 16, 32, 64, etc. You decide the parameters for how a book gains entry into your bracket and which position in the bracket they start in. For some examples, check out how I designed my brackets over the years.

4. Start reading and fill up those brackets! In order to help you keep track of the books you've read, consider getting an account over at Goodreads and adding yourself to their 2014 Reading Challenge. Any books are eligible for this challenge as long as you read them between January 1,2014 and December 31, 2014. Graphic novels and audio books are also welcome. It's kind of like the Choose Your Own Adventure of book challenges.

5. Participate in bracket elimination posts. Eliminations begin on January 3rd, 2015. Final winners will be announced on January 17th, 2015. The following schedule will be used for BOTY posts:
January 3rd : Reveal starting brackets.
January 6th : Initial eliminations. All rounds of eliminations needed to get the number of contestants reduced to 32. 
January 8th : Elimination to find the Sweet Sixteen.
January 10th : Reducing challengers to eight books - the Elite Eight.
January 13th : Quarterfinals. Determine your Final Four.
January 15th : Semi-Finals. Only two may enter the final arena.
January 17th : Finals...the Champion will be determined. Announce your Book of the Year! 
If you have fewer than 64 books, you may use any of the non-applicable elimination rounds to join in on challenge posts. Separate blogging challenges will be given for each round (beginning with the January 3rd reveal post). These will include choosing your favorite books in other categories besides the one to rule them all.

Be sure to check out bloggers on the linky throughout the year to see their progress on their individual reading challenges, book reviews, and watch their brackets fill. Get to know one another before the big showdown.

Want to participate, but not sure how to make a bracket? Don't worry! I have some for you. Don't let the fear of the bracket be the reason you don't participate!

And now it gets fun...

It's time for the...

Official Sign-Up Linky

* Remember to include your a direct link to your sign up post, not your blog's main page. 
A direct link should look like this :

* Sign up for the Challenge by entering your Name & Blog Name in the Linky at the end of this post 
(ie. Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie).

* Blogs who do not participate in an elimination post by January 10th, 2015, will be removed from the linky.

* If you have any questions regarding the Book of the Year Bracket Challenge, feel free to contact me at

Happy Reading!!


  1. Fun challenge! I wish I didn't have so much going on right now, because I'd love to join in. Maybe next time :) I'll cheer everyone from the sidelines!

  2. Oh, YAY!! :) Awesome! As soon as this migraine :( goes away, I'll be signing up!!

  3. This looks fun! Will prepare my sign-up post later today. I'm sure you meant the linky will be open until December 31, 2014 though ;)

    1. Oh brother. Thanks for catching that Aiko. That's why you shouldn't write posts late at night. I have corrected my mistake...yes, the linky will be open until the end of THIS year, not 2013. :)

  4. This is a challenge of all the books we have read in 2014? I'm interested in joining as long as we don't have to read all those books in January.

    1. You've got it Rachael. Just fill your bracket with the books you've read between January 1st and December 31st, 2014. We'll start whittling them down to the winner in January 2015.

  5. Do they have to be books that are published in 2014?

    1. They do not. Any books you choose to read are eligible. If you want to use graphic novels or audio books, that's fine too. It's all up to you!

  6. I'm ready to try this! Here's my post about it.

    1. Glad to see that you'll be joining us! Have a great time reading and filling in your bracket. I'll be following your progress during the year via Feedly...but I can't WAIT for January!!

  7. Just started my blog. This is the first challenge I have ever done and it looks like a great one to start with. Here is my post:
    This is such a great idea! You're so clever.

    1. Glad you'll be joining us Em!! It should be a really fun time. We have a group of wonderful participants. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Congrats on the new blog! I'll be visiting.


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