March Madness: The Elite 8

OOF. Lovely readers, last week was a rough, rough week. It was budget week in Albany, and that meant we were working lots of long hours, with not much sleep, and just absolutely no focus for blogging.

But now we’re back after a weekend full of (almost enough) sleep, and we’re getting underway again. Here. We. Go.

The Fiction Match-up

1 The Serpent of Venice vs 2 Orhan’s Inheritance
Winner: The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore
In the battle of humor over human, humor won. Oops! Orhan’s Inheritance is phenomenal, but Serpent infuses so much creativity and originality into non-original stories. I know that Orhan’s deals with real life (in a way that Serpent doesn’t), but Serpent was a story that was put together in an incredible way. Winner winner.

The Young Adult Match-up

1 Saint Anything vs 2 An Ember in the Ashes
Winner: Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen
So, this is going to be a strange explanation. But I really want to reread An Ember in the Ashes, especially before its sequel comes out. What I haven’t had a massive desire to do is reread Saint Anything – for the best of reasons. That book was so great, it went so deep, that I’ve literally, for almost a year, been musing on it. I like thinking about the book when I have time. Sydney, Layla, Mac, they all made a big impression. I love Sarah Dessen’s characters a ton. But these ones, they felt a little deeper than the rest had.

The Genre Match-up

1 The Night Circus vs 2 The Devil in the White City
Winner: The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
The real vs the ever unreal. That’s what this battle came down to. Devil made a real story feel like fiction, which was amazing. But The Night Circus made a completely unreal place feel like reality. I want to go to that Circus so much. I want to walk through its tents and see its sculptures. I want to wear red to it. Because it made it feel so real, throughout time and place, it wins.

The Children’s Match-up

1 To Kill a Mockingbird vs 5 The Sword of Summer
Winner: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Oh, the potential for a true upset here was great. But I just couldn’t do it. The Sword of Summer was great, but I honestly had to take a step back and say, would there have been a SoS without To Kill a Mockingbird? Harper Lee wrote a book that preached the importance of human dignity, and without its influence on American Literature, I don’t know if we ever get to the point where Riordan can include the fabulous Samirah. Because of that, TKAM moves on.




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