Just a few months after we began dating, my husband said to me, “I won’t be able to spend much time with you in the upcoming weeks. It’s March Madness.”
March Madness? I didn’t even know what that was. Should I be concerned that it’s contagious?
Needless to say, the subsequent realization that I ranked below college basketball in his affections stung.
I like to think my standing with him has risen a bit since then, but I also adhere to the philosophy if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I fill out a bracket now each year and even watch a few games (GO UNLV!!!).
I still prefer books to basketball, though. In keeping with the season (and my nerdy proclivities), I’ve decided to design a bracket of my own—a Literary Bracket. The books I read in 2012 will duke it out NCAA-style until the end of the year when one emerges as the tournament champ. I’ll seed speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal romance, etc.) on the left side of the bracket and literary fiction and historical fiction on the right.
Here’s what my final four of 2011 would have looked like:
This is how 2012 is shaping up so far:
I’ll keep an updated bracket on my “bookshelf” page throughout the year (bear in mind, I never won any prizes for speed reading). Cheer on your favorites and let me know what you think! I’m always looking for recommendations and welcome dissenting opinions.