Join us for March Madness during the Tournament of Books. A Sweet Sixteen of books suggested by Batavia Public Library patrons and staff will contend for the top spot in playoff-style brackets.
Each weekday, beginning March 8, we’ll post a match between two fiction titles published in 2020. The winner, determined by your votes, will move on. After the semi-final round, two eliminated titles will return to challenge the semi-finalists in the Zombie Round. At the end of the month, one title will emerge victorious.
Batavia readers can participate in the tournament by voting each day for their favorite on Facebook. We’ll post daily results on the Library’s Facebook page.
2021 Tournament of Books Sweet 16
You should read this book if you like: love stories set on Nantucket Island, nostalgia, and sympathetic characters.
The best-selling author of Summer of ‘69 presents a tale inspired by the film, Same Time Next Year, that follows a man’s discovery of his mother’s long-term relationship with the husband of a Presidential front runner.
You should read this book if you like:books translated from Swedish, bank robbers who take hostages, and the power of forgiveness.
Taken hostage by a failed bank robber while attending an open house, eight anxiety-prone strangers--including a redemption-seeking bank director, two couples who would fix their marriages, and a plucky octogenarian--discover their unexpected common traits.
You should read this book if you like:action-packed urban farce, clergy and gangsters, the 1960s, and grim yet outrageous comedy.
In the aftermath of a 1969 Brooklyn church deacon’s public shooting of a local drug dealer, the community’s African-American and Latinx witnesses find unexpected support from each other when they are targeted by violent mobsters.
You should read this book if you like: great character development, politics, historical pieces, and power struggles of the Dark Ages.
A prequel to the best-selling The Pillars of the Earth follows the experiences of a young boatbuilder, a scholarly monk and a Norman noblewoman against a backdrop of the Viking attacks at the end of the 10th century in England.
You should read this book if you like:weddings gone wrong, omniscient narrators, and characters getting their just deserts.
An expertly planned celebrity wedding between a rising television star and an ambitious magazine publisher is thrown into turmoil by petty jealousies, a college drinking game, the bride’s ruined dress, and an untimely murder.
You should read this book if you like:stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, found families, dangerous magical children, and celebrating differences.
Given a curious classified assignment to evaluate the potential risks posed by six supernatural orphans, a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth bonds with an enigmatic caregiver who hides dangerous secrets.
You should read this book if you like:lonely immortals, devil’s bargains, unexpected love, and crisp writing.
Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early 18th-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name. By the best-selling author of the Villains series.
You should read this book if you like:crumbling mansions, strong female leads, and lush descriptions--and don't mind a heaping dose of horror.
A reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel follows the experiences of a courageous socialite in 1950s Mexico who is drawn into the treacherous secrets of an isolated mansion. By the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow.
You should read this book if you like:second chances, hopefulness, and self-discovery.
Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, or realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist, she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place
You should read this book if you like: boarding school stories, building dread and non-gory horror, quirky footnotes, a plethora of queer characters, and cursed film sets.
A highly anticipated adult debut from the award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the release of a best-selling book about an early 20th-century New England boarding school where gender-diverse students died under suspicious circumstances. llustrations.
--You should read this book if you like: characters that feel "real" and the dynamics of small towns—and if you are not averse to a little ambiguity.
Looking to start a new life in a small Irish village, former Chicago police officer Cal Hooper comes out of retirement to help find a missing kid and uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat.
You should read this book if you like:empowering Black protagonists, realistic conversations about race relations and privilege, and flowing dialogue between characters.
Seeking justice for a young black babysitter who was wrongly accused of kidnapping by a racist security guard, a successful blogger finds her efforts complicated by a video that reveals unexpected connections.
You should read this book if you like:grumpy romantic rugby players, jaded PhD students not looking for love, and viral videos leading to fake relationships that turn into love anyway.
A follow-up to the best-selling Homegoing finds a sixth-year PhD candidate grappling with the childhood faith of the evangelical church in which she was raised while researching the science behind the suffering that has devastated her Ghanaian immigrant family.
You should read this book if you like: fascinating narratives that focus on the choices people make, the secrets they hold, and the consequences that unfold.
Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a Black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.
You should read this book if you like:celebrating the beauty of individuality, underdog stories, or sticky-sweet rom-com moments.
A Black, underprivileged misfit from a wealthy, prom-obsessed midwestern community carefully plans to attend a prestigious medical college before the unexpected loss of her financial aid forces her to compete for her school’s prom-queen scholarship.