Monday, March 19, 2012

ToB Contest: The Quarterfinals!

It's the Tournament of Books Contest!
Quarter-Finals Edition

Here's a reminder of the rules:
  1. In the comments of THIS POST, list the books that you think will advance to the next round of the tournament AND your prediction for the overall winner of the ToB.  Entries may be formatted however you like, but you must list the Title of the book you predict will advance.

  2. For each correct pick you will receive ONE point.

  3. You may also earn points in the following ways:
    +1 for liking Forever Overhead on Facebook
    +1 for following Forever Overhead (@4everoverhead) on Twitter
    +5 for picking the correct overall ToB winner in the first round (expired)
    +3 for picking the correct overall ToB winner in the second round (Quarterfinals)
    +2 for picking the correct overall ToB winner in the third round (Semifinals)

  4. Winner wins any one book from this year's ToB or a previous winner of the ToB.
  5. One entry per person (please).
  6. I am aware there are other similar contests.  You won't be cheating on this contest if you date other contests.
  7. You are welcome to join our contest beginning with this round, but you will be at a serious disadvantage if you didn't participate in the first round.
  8. Entries for round two will close on Monday, March 19th at 11:59 PM Central Time

Enough jibber-jabbering, here are the match-ups:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes vs. Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami vs. The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt vs. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides vs. Open City by Teju Cole

**Update: As of this morning The Art of Fielding and State of Wonder are the current Zombie round books.  This is subject to change, but these two books may still be considered for the overall Tournament winner.

Leave your picks in the comments and don't forget to pick a (new?) overall winner for the Tournament. is a sponsor of the Tournament of Books and you would be doing them (and me) a big favor if you used this link to buy any of the books in this year's tournament.  All ToB books are 30% off their list price and you'll be supporting a great bookseller!   

1 comment:

Megs said...

The Sense of an Ending
The Tiger's Wife
The Sisters Brothers
The Marriage Plot

Overall: The Sisters Brothers