Voting for the Great Berryville Read continues this week with a new category!
Welcome to Bracket #4 – Great Berryville Read What We Do For Love Edition. Next week on Tuesday, October 9th, the Great American Read episode will focus on literary love stories.
This episode is all about love–romantic love, familial love, tragic love. We’ve assembled a bracket that requires you, gentle reader, to pick your favorites and decide which of these 16 books should advance to the next round of the Great Berryville Read voting.
To vote, you need to complete a bracket and drop it off at the library or at Berryville High School or vote on our Facebook page. You have until this Saturday, October 6, to vote on this bracket.
Scoring of the brackets is explained here. If you need more of a reminder about any of these books than I include below, we have brief card catalog reviews of the books at the library and on our Great Berryville Read Facebook page for you to use.
Now (drum roll, please), let’s look at this week’s contenders.
Our first round features stories of love for animals, with Jack London’s classic Call of the Wild facing off against Wilson Rawls’ Where The Red Fern Grows.
The winner will then be matched up against stories of love and loss: John Green’s modern favorite Looking for Alaska and Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.
Next up are stories of familial love.
Our next round of contenders are stories of two very different immigrant families and their experiences: Mario Puzo’s Italian mafia classic The Godfather and Amy Tan’s contemporary classic about Chinese-American families, The Joy-Luck Club.
That winner will face off against the winner of this match-up, which shifts to older favorites about the bonds of family: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women versus Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.
Our voting bracket then turns its attention to romantic love and two controversial titles. I’ve heard a fair amount of complaining that either of these books made the list, so out of pure meanness I thought I’d make people pick between them and vote for at least one: Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight and E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey.
The winner will be pitted against two classic tales of doomed romance from the 1920s: Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
Our final choices also revolve around romantic love. First up is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice versus Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.
In our last match-up, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s contemporary favorite Americanah will face off against Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone with the Wind.
What are your picks? Which match-up was the hardest to vote for? Which one was the easiest? Tell us in the comments!