Unofficial TOB 2013 Contest: Final Leaderboard

March 29, 2013


After yesterday, it was inevitable a Zombie would win. It did. This Zombie lives up to the Rooster tradition of excellence (The Road, Cloud Atlas, Wolf Hall, etc., etc.).

Championship Match
The Orphan Master’s Son karate chops The Fault in Our Stars

Final Leaderboard

1. 28 Points and Undisputed Winner: Neil R. (tiebreak 11; actual 14)

2. 28 points (and ineligible for glory): Kerry H. (tiebreak: 10)

3. 26 Points: Amy C. (11)

4. 26 Points: Julie W. (10)

5. 25 Points: Melanie C. (11)

6. 25 Points: Dianne H. (no tiebreak)

7. 24 Points: Michelle W.

8. 20 Points: Linda J. (13)

9. 20 Points: Felicity (11)

10. 17 Points: Christophe H. (9) edging out Jennifer N. (no tiebreak)

Neil R. takes home the prize! Congratulations and I hope to see you next year trying to defend your title.

As for the bottom of the pile, no record was set. However, several contestants came in with an impressively low 4 out of a possible 41 points. Stacy, Timothy, and Kevin managed this unenviable feat. KfC takes home the booby prize on tie-breaks. He (as did I) unwisely predicted a close, 10-7, Finals. In reality, Adam Johnson hen-pecked John Green 14-3.

Unofficial TOB 2013 Contest: Leaderboard – End of Round 3

March 26, 2013


Match 3, Round 2
Gone Girl thrilled over Beautiful Ruins.

Match 4, Round 2
How Should a Person Be? was a question left unanswered by Bring Up the Bodies

Match 1, Round 3
Building Stories disappeared The Orphan Master’s Son

Match 2, Round 3
Gone Girl denied the premise of How Should a Person Be?

Leaderboard – End of Round 3

1. (17 points) Christopher H.

2. (16 points) Linda J., Neil R., Felicity, Jeremy Z., Kerry H.

7. (15 points) Mike R.

8. (14 points) Jane Eyre, Jayme G., Julie W., Jed S., Amy C.

Other contenders (Current/Max Points):

Michelle W. (12/28), Diane H. (13/25), Melanie C. (13/25), Jennifer N. (13/25)

I regret to inform you that if your name does not appear above, you have been mathematically eliminated.

Interestingly, no one has picked Building Stories to take it all. I have to think there might be regrets about that. It seems very likely to make the Finals, but can only play spoiler, not king-maker, now. A Building Stories win will force a tie-breaker decision.

Only one contestant still in contention picked The Fault in Our Stars for the Rooster. If it wins, she does.

The Orphan Master’s Sons contingent is the largest and Gone Girl booster club nearly as populous. The precise winner, in the event either of these prevails, will be determined by tie-breakers.

Good luck!

Tournament of Books 2011 Unofficial Contest

February 26, 2011

The Hungry Like the Woolf sponsored TOB 2011 Unofficial Contest is now open for entries. The rules are as follows:


The prize will be the winner’s choice of two books from among my “best of” lists, the 16 ToB 2011 contenders, and Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles. The particular format (i.e. cover type/publisher/etc.) of the books will be chosen by me at my sole discretion.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements:

Everyone, everywhere is eligible, except for me and my immediate family. There is absolutely no entry fee, obligation, or purchase required. However, I would be very pleased if the winner chose to return with his/her thoughts (in comments to my review of the book or in a link in comments) after reading the prize picks.

Entries must be received by March 7, 2010 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (US).


Each entrant should e-mail their entry to: kerry_7 at yahoo. The subject line should read: 2011 TOB Contest

One entry per person, please. Include your name and mailing address in the body of the entry. This information will only be used to send you the books in the event you win.

When making your selections, you should refer to the official Tournament of Books 2011 brackets or my unofficial but less cluttered ToB 2011 brackets, the latter of which has been specially designed to assist with your entry. If you print out my bracket and fill it out, the names in the column “Round 1 Winners” will be your Round 1 Winners, etc.

Please format your entry as follows (using the book title for your pick, the following using example picks):

Round 1 Winners
Freedom, Bad Marie, Savages, A Visit From the Goon Squad, Lord of Misrule, So Much For That, Super Sad True Love Story, Bloodroot

Round 2 Winners
Freedom, A Visit From the Goon Squad, Lord of Misrule, Super Sad True Love Story

Round 3 Winners and Zombies
A Visit From the Goon Squad, Super Sad True Love Story, Freedom, Room

Zombie Round Winners (Finalists)
Room, Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story

Points will be awarded as follows:
Each correct 1st Round pick – 1 point
Each correct 2nd Round pick – 2 points
Each correct 3rd Round/Zombie pick – 2 points
Each correct Zombie Round pick – 4 points
Correct pick of Winner – 8 points
Total Possible Points = 40

Please note: You will receive points for your Round 3/Zombie picks even if your “Zombie” pick actually turns out to be a Round 3 winner or vice versa. In other words, I will simply pool your Round 3 and Zombie picks and award points if your pick makes it into that section of the bracket.

All points will be totaled. The highest score wins.

Finally, as a tie-breaker, guess how many votes the winner will receive (out of a possible 17).

If there is still a tie, I will break the tie by assigning numbers to those tied and having choose pick the winning number.

Other Info:

I will make every effort to provide reasonable updates on the scoring. The timeliness of the updates, as the chances of winning, depend on the number of entries.

For complete rules of the official Tournament of Books (which is in no way associated with this contest), please check the official homepage of the 2011 Tournament of Books.

For tips on making your selections, please check out The Reading Ape’s great post “2011 Tournament of Books: The Brackets“.

I will be posting soon a list with links to reviews of all the contenders (my reviews and other bloggers’ reviews).

Tournament of Books 2011 Contest

January 26, 2011

In support of, but having no official connection with, the Tournament of Books, I will be featuring a bracket-based contest to run simultaneously with the Tournament of Books. Basically, you predict the ToB winners by filling out the brackets and, if you do a better job than anyone else, you win a couple free books.

There will only be a first place prize, no consolation prize this year. First prize will be two books to be selected from the Tournament of Books shortlist or my list of personal favorites from 2010 (so far, ToB shortlist excluded) which I will reveal in a February post.

As ToB 2011 draws closer, I will provide additional updates and information.

Coming Attractions: Tournament of Books Contest

February 15, 2010

I expect that the 2010 Tournament of Books pairings will be posted this Friday (based on the date they were posted last year). Assuming that is true, I will post the rules and instructions for entering my first contest on Saturday. The format will be closely related to traditional March Madness office pools, in which participants fill out the brackets and guess the winners of the various matchups.

I have not decided on exactly what the prize will be, but almost certainly the winner will get to choose at least one TOB contender to take home (well, have mailed to them).

No purchase is necessary, the contest is open to anyone, anywhere (except me), the entry will window will be open for at least one week after the contest is announced (unless the posting of the brackets is delayed by the folks at The Morning News).

In other words, please stay tuned for further details.