Nine match-ups so far in the annual Tournament of Books. I have picked three correctly. So my original brackets were such a mess of scratch outs and mystified expletives that I printed out a new sheet, armed myself with a red Sharpie, and wrote the winner in the center of the new sheet first. And then thought through the other matches with an eye on a final contest between my two favorites - The Sellout and Our Souls at Night.
Wishful thinking, I know. With much bound to change as I get more wrong. And the Zombies are really up in the air. If the Zombies went for each other today, it would be Fates and Furies vs. The Story of My Teeth. I like that match. But it is bound to change as more good books fall. But I am still sticking with my pick for the final contest, no matter who rises from the dead.
Looking at my picks for this coming week, I can see the real possibility of getting only one of the quarterfinal match-ups correct - The Sellout wins over A Spool of Blue Thread. If that contest goes any other way, I am obviously done.
How are your picks doing? Even if you are not playing along, click over to the commentary for each match for some fun bookish talk. Work gets in the way of me participating in the daytime conversation, but I have enjoyed reading the back and forth each night. And getting in some quick comments on Twitter. It is all about the conversation.