It’s The Final Countdown! (Warning: that video perhaps features more 80s hair than you need on a Monday morning. Or perhaps it’s exactly as much 80s hair as you need on a Monday morning. I don’t judge!)
But I do digress! For the past several weeks, we’ve been encouraging people to submit their brackets to help us determine Berryville’s favorite book. We have been keeping track of everyone’s votes, and now we’re going to unveil the final bracket. This features the winners of each round, as well as the next 3 highest-scoring books in the voting.
Since we were doing bracket votes, and we didn’t have the same number of participants every week, we also factored in which books received the highest average number of votes. This required some mathematical calculations, which Julie and Jen were kind enough to provide. (No math-impaired library bloggers were hurt in the making of these brackets.)
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 20, 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.
We will be unveiling the winner and announcing Berryville’s favorite book at the Berryville Library on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. before we watch the Great American Read finale together and learn what America’s favorite book is. Please join us!
Now (drum roll, please), let’s look at this week’s contenders.
Our first match-up pits the book that received the most votes, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, with Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Both books feature young protagonists with weighty responsibilities on their shoulders.
Our next match-up is between Michael Crichton’s sci fi classic Jurassic Park and Harper Lee’s coming-of-age favorite To Kill A Mockingbird. One is a book about the dangers of resurrecting dinosaurs; the other is a story about childhood, justice, and race relations in Depression-era Alabama.
The third match-up requires you to choose between our voters’ second favorite book (J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy series Lord of the Rings) and Jane Austen’s classic romance Pride and Prejudice. Who’s your favorite: Frodo and company or Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy?
Our final match-up pits E.B. White’s children’s favorite Charlotte’s Web with George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. Which will win out–a tale of cross-species friendship or a nightmarish depiction of authoritarianism?
What are your picks? Which match-up was the hardest to vote for? Which one was the easiest? Tell us in the comments!