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March Madness 2021: Final Round

March Madness 2021: Battle of the Books

Welcome to the first year of March Madness: Battle of the Books! We have selected the top 16 circulating items from 2020 in the library's Bestsellers collection and put them up in head-to-head matchups. Let us know which books you think are better in each matchup. Feel free to judge a book by its cover!

Matchups will last one week, and the winning titles will progress to the next rounds. By the end of the month, there'll only be one book left standing!

The round-up: In week three, we had two overwhelming wins. Where the Crawdads Sing knocked out The Island of Sea Women, and The Other Mrs. took down the #1 seed Seasons of the Storm. It's the final round!

Interested in checking out one of the titles? Just click on the book cover, and it'll take you to the library's catalog, where you'll be able to place a hold on the title! If you'd like to see more bestselling titles from our Bestsellers collection, click here.

Final Matchup

Where the Crawdads SingThe Other Mrs.
Where the Crawdads Sing: 29 votes (61.7%)
The Other Mrs.: 18 votes (38.3%)
Total Votes: 47

A Note on the Seeding

Curious how we constructed the matchups? The matchups are based upon seeding, so the top seeded book (the highest circulating Bestsellers title of 2020), Seasons of the Storm, is up against the 16th-seeded title, Call Down the Hawk (by local author, Maggie Stiefvater). The 2nd-seeded book, Where the Crawdads Sing, is up against the 15th-seeded title, The Giver of Stars, and so on. The brackets are constructed so that higher seeds will go on against lower seeds if they get to the following round.

To see some more great books, check out our Bestsellers collection's page. This is updated monthly with all new titles that are acquired. Have a new bestseller that you'd like to recommend for the Bestsellers collection? Submit a request here.