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Bookshare March Madness 2021

The Bookshare team is incredibly excited to announce Bookshare’s first ever March Madness Book Bracket!

Sixteen books from four genres will compete against one another to see which book reigns supreme as Bookshare’s favorite.

Starting Monday, March 8, you can vote in our Twitter polls for your favorite books each week throughout the month. Here is the process each week:

  • Monday, 9:00 am PT – polling opens
  • Friday, 9:00 am PT – polling closes
  • Friday, 12:00 pm PT – announce winners from each round
  • April 1 – announce grand champion winner

Make sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss out on the chance to vote for your favorites and see all polls using the #BKSMarchMadness hashtag on Twitter.

Without further ado, here is our Bookshare Sweet Sixteen lineup!

Bookshare March Madness Book Bracket. See extended description.
Extended DescriptionThe bracket graphic is divided into a title and 16 book covers with four rounds.

Title: Bookshare March Madness 2021

Round 1: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Round 1: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi and The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Round 1: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Round 1: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee and American Prison by Shane Bauer

Round 1: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid and Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Round 1: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin and Jade City by Fonda Lee

Round 1: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Educated by Tara Westover

Round 1: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Round 2: Jade City by Fonda Lee by vs. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Round 2: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid vs. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Round 2: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins vs. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi

Round 2: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates vs. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Round 3: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky vs. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Round 3: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates vs. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi

Round 4: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng vs. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The first round starts with books from the same genre pitted against each other. The winners will go on to compete against other genres each week until we crown our 2021 Bookshare March Madness Champion on April 1. Are you rooting for a certain book or have predictions for the winner? Share your favorites and predictions with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Stay tuned for bracket updates and more announcements as we kick off our first round of voting.

Great Eight

(Updated March 12, 2021)

Congratulations to our week one winners! The victors from the first round will now compete against their fellow genre finalists in order to secure a spot in our Final Four. 

  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Jade City by Fonda Lee by vs. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky 
  • Fiction: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid vs. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • YA: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins vs. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi 
  • Non-Fiction: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates vs. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Final Four

(Updated March 19, 2021)

Our final four victors have been decided! The champions of each genre are going head-to-head with other genre finalists in our penultimate round. 

  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (sci-fi/fantasy) vs. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (fiction)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction) vs. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi (YA)

Championship

(Updated March 26, 2021)

It’s time to announce the finalists who will be competing in the Championship round of Bookshare’s 2021 March Madness! The books are: 

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction) 
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (fiction) 

Who will claim the title Bookshare March Madness Champion for 2021? The final round of voting begins Monday, March 29th at 9:00 am PT. Make sure to cast your votes and tune in Thursday, April 1st for the announcement of our Grand Champion. 

Interested in checking out the books in our lineup? Find all the books in our bracket by subscribing to our March Madness special collection.

Special collections are public reading lists curated by the Bookshare staff and are a fantastic way to discover new books to read. There are hundreds of special collections and you can find a few of our favorites on the browse page, including a list of our favorite basketball reads and Beijing’s Royal Fighters superstar Ekpe Udoh’s #EkpesBookClub picks.

Learn more about special collections and how to subscribe to your favorites.

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