The Readerly Report March Book Madness

We are so excited to announce the first ever Readerly Report March Book Madness competition!

Here’s how this works:

It’s March, so we’re all thinking about bracket competitions, close calls and eliminations. We’ve started out the Readerly Report bracket with 16 books of fiction – each of which we’ve both read – and we’re going to be putting these books head to head while we whittle the 16 down to the best book that we’ve both read.

Over three episodes of the Readerly Report podcast, we’ll discuss the merits of the competing books and decide the victor. Here are the criteria by which we’re judging the books: 1) was it an engrossing reading experience all the way through?; 2) was the subject matter relevant and timely?; and 3) has the book held up over time since we read it, and do we think it will continue to do so?

We want to hear what you think! Please comment on the blog, Facebook, Facebook Group, Instagram, etc. and let us know if we got it right – or if you think we let the wrong books advance.

Here are the Round 1 Matchups:

The Girl On The Train vs Best Day Ever

Mary B. vs Eligible

Waiting For Eden vs. The Confusion Of Languages

The Leavers vs Everything Here Is Beautiful

That Kind Of Mother vs American Marriage

The Female Persuasion vs The Great Believers

Stay With Me vs The Stars Are Fire

Dept of Speculation vs American Housewife

To find out who makes it out of Round 1, listen to the podcast. (And don’t forget to leave us a rating!)


  1. Tuvana Bain wrote:

    I have only read the last pair- definitely Dept Speculation!! What a fun idea !

    Posted 3.9.19
    • Nicole Bonia wrote:

      That was such a great book! I expect the match ups will only be more difficult as we go along.

      Posted 3.9.19
  2. Looking forward to this tournament!

    Did I tell you that I have a slightly different view of Waiting for Eden after discussing it with someone in the military? It didn’t change my overall impression, just pointing things that couldn’t happen (this is where we remind ourselves that it’s fiction… right?)

    I might need to read ‘That kind of Mother’ since I didn’t love American Marriage as much as most.

    Posted 3.10.19
    • Nicole Bonia wrote:

      No, you didn’t mention that. Probably interesting to not the discrepancies, but fiction does take lots of liberties. I imagine that it doesn’t diminish the power of the story. Did it have less of an emotional impact for you?

      Posted 3.11.19

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