Bookish March Madness 2020: Elite Eight

*cue exciting music*

[in deep announcer voice] LADIES AND GENTLEMAN! Weeeellllcome to Booooookish March Maaaaadness!!! *wild cheering*

Okay, maybe not, but hi there! Thanks for reading again! Or, for those of you who are here for the first time, welcome. I’m making some room in your basketball filled social media feeds with some bookish content.

This week, it’s down to the Elite Eight! These books from PBS’s Great American Read have survived one round, but who will be the ULTIMATE CHAMPION?!?! (aka my personal favorite)

The Help vs. Little Women

Oooo, this is hard! I love both of these books, but they are soooo different! On the one hand, you have a book over 150 years old that is a mostly feel-good book about sisterly relationships. On the other hand, you’ve got a relatively recent best-seller about the civil rights movement that might make you feel more uncomfortable than good. What I love about both of these books are the strong women. Both The Help and Little Women feature women of different ages discovering their inner-strength and using it to take control of their own lives. I feel like Little Women is a book I’ve related to on a personal level for literally decades, but The Help made me feel stronger feelings. I laughed and cried. Really, this one comes down to personal preference.

and the winner is … THE HELP!


Pride and Prejudice vs. The Lord of the Rings

Uh oh.

Guys, these are my two favorite books of all time. When people ask what my favorite book is, I always respond with a quick explanation that I can’t pick because they’re too different and I love them both in different ways. Picking between these two books is like trying to pick a favorite child.

I feel like the only way for me to fairly pick is by choosing the one I’ve re-read more recently. As further justification for this choice, I have also watched the movie more recently.

and the winner is… PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!


Outlander vs. Jane Eyre

Oh, y’all, this is no contest. Hmmm, which should I pick, one of the greatest novels in the history of the English language, or moderately good historical fiction that uses graphic content for shock value???

and the winner is… JANE EYRE!


Harry Potter vs. Anne of Green Gables

Full disclosure, I haven’t read Anne of Green Gables. I forgot. (Honestly, I have no excuse. It’s been three weeks since I wrote the first post, I could have easily read it by now…) But seriously, Harry Potter is one of my favorites of all time. I went to Leaky Con back in August, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. All of my t-shirts are Harry Potter themed. It’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to bond with other teachers, and with students as well! I listen to MuggleCast every week and am reading along with the chapter-by-chapter. Most exciting of all, I can’t WAIT to read the first book to my son when he starts Kindergarten in the fall. We are already talking about it. I can’t wait to share this experience with him. Anne didn’t have a chance.

and the winner is… HARRY POTTER!


Oh dear, next week is going to be hard. I LOVE BRACKETS! THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!!!*

*Fun for me. I recognize this isn’t the highest quality reading experience. lol

What would your winners have been? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Bookish March Madness 2020: Elite Eight

  1. Out of The Help and Little Women, I would definitely pick Little Women because I haven’t read The Help. Out of Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Rings, I would have to go with Lord of the Rings because it’s the one I’ve read the most. Out of HP and Anne of Green Gables, it’s a tough one because both hold very special places in my heart.

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