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64 Classic Books Battle It Out Bracket-Style

By Robert Bruce @robertbruce76

Every March, I think about making up a great books bracket, matching up 64 of the best novels ever head to head, a la March Madness style. But I’ve never done it.

This year, Book Pal beat me to it.

They created a bracket featuring an outstanding list of 64 novels broken down into four regions: The Dickens Region (pre-1900s lit), The Hemingway Region (post-1900s lit), the Seuss Region (kids’ classics), and the Rowling Region (YA).

Most of the tournament’s first round is complete with some notable upsets:

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has no place beating 1984, but it did.
  • Fahrenheit 451 surprisingly took out The Sound and the Fury. I’m good with that.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows defeated The Hobbit. Dumb.
  • Divergent defeated The Catcher in the Rye. Wait…what? Why is Divergent even in this tournament? And how in the name of all that is good in literature is it voted better than The Catcher in the Rye. And I’m not even a huge Salinger fan.

The second round begins soon. You can vote on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #bookmadness.

Head over to Book Madness to see the updated bracket with the first round nearly complete.

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