Bookish March Madness 2020: Sweet Sixteen

*singing* I don’t know anything about basketball, except that MY TEAM BEAT BAYLOR. La-la la-la la-la laaaa.

Sorry it’s out of my system I think. *cough* Baylor sucks *cough*. Hem, on to books now, shall we?

As an antidote to the annoying phenomenon that is seeing your social media fill up with people who don’t know anything about sports talking about “their bracket,” this month I’m hosting my OWN March Madness tournament. The top 16 books from The Great American read will face off in a match to the DEATH to see which will be MY FAVORITE BOOK. Why? I don’t know, because brackets are fun. *shrugs*

Feel free to give me your thought on the match-ups in the comments. Am I right, or wildly wrong? Did I not do justice to your all-time favorite book? This wouldn’t be sportsball if we didn’t end up in an almost-fist-fight for our team!

So here we are with Week 1, the Sweet Sixteen. [insert generic sports-buzzer-sound here]

To Kill a Mockingbird vs. The Help

Oh, you guys are going to hate me. I read To Kill a Mockingbird maybe five or six years ago and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Like, I get why it’s a super important book and everything, but I just didn’t really connect with Scout. Her overly simple way of seeing the world frustrated me. And maybe that’s the point, but there it is. On the other hand, I ADORE The Help. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it’s just one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction. Which is saying something, because I love historical fiction. I was so inspired by the women in this book, especially Aibileen.

and the winner is… THE HELP!

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The Productivity Book Tag

YOU GUYS. I am ALMOST caught up on my tags. I only have two left, and one of them is the summer bucket list challenge or something, so it’s probably going to have to wait until next summer anyway. I CAN DO THIS!!!

Whew. Okay.

Meeghan at Meeghan Reads tagged me in this one back in July. I’m not sure what inspired it, and lets be honest, it’s an unusual theme, but as someone who is SUPER into productivity I am not going to complain. Let’s get this show on the road! (And go follow Meeghan if you don’t because she’s the bomb dot com!)

Rules

  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag some friends
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

Planning – A book that is completely thought out

There are a couple that would fit nicely here (Harry Potter, anyone?), but I just finished re-reading World War Z for the first time, and I was blown away by how well Max Brooks thought the whole thing through. Like, things most people would never even THINK about were fleshed out in detail! Military strategy, virus spreading, cultural impact, whiteout effect. It’s all there. This book is brilliant, and I don’t even like zombies. Definitely a must-read monster book!

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Books Don’t Have to be Perfect

Let’s talk about Gone With the Wind for a minute, shall we?

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Before you run away screaming and start accusing me or other people of stuff, I think this is a really important conversation to have. Because, yeah, Gone With the Wind presents a really problematic view of black people. It does. But it’s also one of the most popular books in history, allegedly the second most popular book in America after the Bible. It won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1939. And the film adaptation also remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

Now, I know that frankly some of you don’t give a damn. The race problem is a problem. Period. But surely the people who love this book can’t all be racists, bigots, and hypocrites. Right? Continue reading “Books Don’t Have to be Perfect”