Voting for the Great Berryville Read continues this week with a new category! It is the last one. Next week will be the final round!
Welcome to Bracket #5 – Great Berryville Read Other Worlds Edition. Next week on Tuesday, October 15th, the Great American Read episode is all about the “other places” literature can take you.
This episode focuses on books that transport you far into the past, way into the distant future, and even into actual other worlds. 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 13, 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 match-up is between two beloved but very different historical fiction titles: Larry McMurtry’s classic Western Lonesome Dove and Jean Auel’s prehistoric Clan of the Cave Bear.
The winner of that match-up will then face off against the winner between this match-up of historical family sagas with a fantastical twist: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Next we shift to selecting between some of the most popular religious-themed books in recent memory. Voters will need to pick between William P. Young’s The Shack and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’s Left Behind series.
The winner will square off between a match-up between two blockbuster fantasy classics: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series and his friend C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series.
Our voting then shifts to two satiric classics about other worlds: Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The winner of that round will be matched against the winner of two dystopian tales: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.
Our final match-ups are all hard science fiction. First up, we have two classic science fiction series: Frank Herbert’s Dune series and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.
That winner will be up against two newer favorites: Andy Weir’s The Martian and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.
What are your picks? Which match-up was the hardest to vote for? Which one was the easiest? Tell us in the comments!