Weekend Ramblings: Tournament of Books (Part 3)
You may have seen Nook’s Tournament of Books that’s going on this month, where each day, two of the previous year’s top books go head-to-head until there’s only one left, which takes home the grand prize — The Rooster.
This year, I’m doing my own Tournament of Books, based on some of my top-rated fictional books of the previous year (Feb 2012 – Feb 2013). Each week, I’ll cover one round of battles, and on the 31st announce the overall winner.
1. A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff vs. Every Day by David Levithan
Fantasy elements in a realistic world! Though both had unique premises, Graff’s was clever and was delicious.
2. Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli vs. The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson
Seeing the world in unique new ways! Though Spinelli’s was cute, Johnson’s London wins out for combining historical London with the strange world of ghosts.
3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson vs. Such Wicked Intent (This Dark Endeavor #2) by Kenneth Oppel
Dark Gothic mysteries + paranormal elements, based on classic stories! Though I loved both books, Nickerson’s wins out for its historical setting in the pre-Civil War-era South.
4. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton vs. UnWholly (Unwind #2) by Neal Shusterman
5-star books from my favorite authors! As much as I didn’t want to have to match these up, I think Morton’s book wins out slightly for its intricately woven plot.