2014 Book of the Year | Bracket and Round 1

January 6, 2015 Blog Fun 26

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Visiting blogs during this past week’s MY TBR list I stumbled across this Book of the Year Challenge and a new-to-me blog, Erratic Project Junkie (Gah! I love that name!). So I’m way late joining this – but I’m making it in by, oh ONE HOUR. And I’m so glad because this is such a fun way to decide on my favorite book of the year.

Bracket and Round 1

I was supposed to reveal my bracket before today, but since I’m late I’m combining my bracket and round 1 into one post. The way I chose books is fairly simple and very scientific. I went through my Goodreads and wrote down every book I read last year that got a 4 star rating or above. That turned out to be 84 books (so a good year – though I did read like 145 books), which was a few too many for my 64 slot bracket. I thought about combining books from the same series but that brought me down to an awkward number and I didn’t really like it anyway.

So here’s where the science came in…
I went to my bracket and started filling it in, with the first book on the list against the last book on the list. How did I decide which books to cut? Well if I got to a book on the list and felt underwhelemed about writing it in, it got cut. Scientific right? LOL!

I also had limited space for titles. So sometimes that first book against last book thing didn’t work out. I definitely moved titles around so that the short titles got put in the smaller spots and the big titles got put in the bigger spots. Again, super scientific of me! 😉

As I did this, there were definitely times where I cried a little inwardly because I knew a pairing was going to result in the death of a book in the bracket. (BTW – I’m picking the winner based on which I feel like I liked better at this moment, not on their rating) And even though I liked the one that would win more, it made me sad. But I didn’t want to mess with my super scientific method, so I let said books die in round one. Anyway, that’s my method… You ready to see the books?

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The original bracket titles are in black, round 1 titles (so the winners) are in blue. There are some abbreviations, but I figure if the book wins enough it will eventually earn more of it’s title back because of space LOL. Round 2, where I’ll have to make some cuts I don’t even want to think about, will be up on January 8th.

Anyway, this is so fun and you should totally go check out the other participants in the linky at Erratic Project Junkie.

Any predictions for the next round? Surprises from round one?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

26 Responses to “2014 Book of the Year | Bracket and Round 1”

    • Berls
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      LOL wow – I think you’d have to have too many books! I’ll tell you what I told Angie… I think you’d need to make genre brackets or quarterly brackets and then let the winners go against each other. Which would be a lot of work! But it is fun :)
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  1. Lexxie
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    Unravel Me and If I Stay didn’t go on to the next round?!? I haven’t read the books that won against them, but still 😛
    This seems like a lot of fun, Berls! I can’t wait to see how you’ll continue with this one :)
    Happy Wednesday.
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    • Berls
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      I know, that was hard! But I reasoned that Where She Went made it and I liked that better than If I Stay. And Unravel Me was up against a really good book… plus the fact that I was disappointed with the conclusion of the trilogy hurt it. LOL, these are all the things I told myself as I made the really hard decisions. It is fun though – the next round comes out in like an hour 😉
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    • Berls
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      LOL I was confused when I first saw it too – I had to ask the people who were doing it to clarify for me. I’ll explain though, it’s super fun and it’s kinda funny how nervous I got deciding who would win this round!

  2. Karsyn

    I have only read 9 of the books you have listed, so I don’t know if I’d be surprised by any of your winners. :) For me, I guess your match up between The One and Divergent would be the hardest for me. I loved Divergent, but hated the end of the series, so I didn’t put any on my list. I did love The One as well. Great bracket, glad you joined!
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    • Berls
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      I was thinking that several of the books on my list aren’t really that well known when I did this :) I haven’t read the rest of the Divergent series, though I keep hearing that! I plan to finish it just the same, but I loved the first book. And then The One, yeah I <3 that whole series! I'm so glad you and Rachael posted about this bracket, I would have missed out on the fun!

    • Berls
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      I thought so too and couldn’t resist the fun of pitting my favorite books against each other. I think it’s going to get really rough as we move forward though!

    • Berls
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      LOL You’d have to have like genre brackets are quarter brackets or something. It was hard for me even so I can’t imagine you trying to narrow down to something that fits on a bracket. But it’s fun :)

    • Berls
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      I was really glad they made it too – this was harder than I expected! I’m excited too LOL :) I’m so glad you posted about this so I didn’t miss the fun!

  3. Stormi
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    I seen this one someone elses blog but I wasn’t really sure what it was..lol. So it’s taking your favorites from last year and finding out your favorite book..I was thinking it was for this year..and I was thinking how do you even know what your going to read..lol. I will be watching your progress as I am curious what will be your favorite. :)
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    • Berls
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      LOL I was a little confused with it at first too, but I was too curious! So I found out and I’m really excited to participate. And I hope to do it next year too – it’s fun, though I bit sad LOL

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