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Book Madness Update: What titles, characters will make our Sweet 16?

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 23rd, 2015

I didn’t fill out a NCAA basketball bracket this year and that’s a good thing because it would be busted by now. My Book Madness bracket, however, still has a chance.BookMadness

Below are the titles in our Second Round. You have until the Library closes on Wednesday to vote for the titles, characters you want to see advance to the Sweet Sixteen. We will reveal the updated bracket Thursday morning.

If you would like a list of every title in this year’s Book Madness competition, click here.

Book Madness 2015: Adults and Teens

HUMOR ME

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

BOOKS THAT BLOW YOUR MIND

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

BIG BOOKS WORTH THE EFFORT

  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

IOWA WRITERS

  • A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? By Peter Hedges
  • The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

Book Madness 2015: Children’s

BELOVED CHARACTERS

  • Olivia
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Percy Jackson
  • Pete the Cat
  • Curious George
  • Little Critter
  • The Pigeon

BOOKS THAT GOT YOU HOOKED ON READING

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • A Bargain for Frances by Lillian and Russell Hoban
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

BEST SERIES

  • Lunch Lady
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Magic Tree House
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Amulet
  • Babymouse
  • Rainbow Magic Fairies
  • Elephant and Piggie

WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS

  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  • A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
  • Owly by Andy Runton
  • The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson
  • Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

 

And the winners are …

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 8th, 2014

Expelliarmus!march book

Harry Potter was able to disarm Mo Willem’s pigeon, taking the top spot in the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Children’s Bracket. It was a close race between The Chosen One and the mischievous bird, but the final round of voting had a clear winner.

We will give the pigeon a cookie, with nuts, as a consolation prize.

In the Teens and Adults bracket, Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, defeated Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Several weeks ago, we asked our Facebook friends to name a book they had to read in school and ended up loving, and most responses listed To Kill a Mockingbird. Take heart, English teachers. Your students still love that book.

Thank you so much for participating in our first ever Book Madness! We can’t wait to do it again next year!

ICPL Book Madness Final Four

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 31st, 2014

The ballots have been counted and we have our ICPL Book Madness 2014 Final Four!

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2014 BOOK MADNESS FINAL FOUR

Children’s Bracket

Harry Potter vs. Shel Silverstein poems

Pigeon books by Mo Willems vs. Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris vs. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Voting in this round continues through Saturday so stop by and vote for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this week, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.

Eight titles advance in ICPL’s Book Madness

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 29th, 2014

I don’t know how your March Madness bracket looks at this point, but if it’s anything like some of the comments we’ve received in our Book Madness voting, things have not gone the way you hoped.book madness 8

It isn’t easy pitting books against each other. One father told me Nancy Drew was doomed, as our bracket had her competing against The Chosen One (Harry Potter) in the first round.

You don’t have to be a girl detective to know that wasn’t going to end well for Nancy.

Still, our patrons pushed on, casting votes for their favorite children, teen and adult titles, allowing us to narrow our brackets from 64 titles to eight.

That’s right — we have our Elite Eight.

2014 BOOK MADNESS ELITE EIGHT

Children’s Bracket

Harry Potter versus the Magic Tree House series

Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey versus Pigeon books by Mo Willems

Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish versus Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo

Shel Silverstein poems versus Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Teens & Adults Bracket

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins versus The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris versus Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened … by Allie Brosh

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee versus The Shining by Stephen King

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson versus The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Elite Eight voting continues through Sunday, so be sure to show support for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this weekend, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.

We’ll post an update naming the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Final Four on Monday.

 




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