Last year the School Library Journal ran a Battle of the Books. In one word it was awesome. In the end Judge Lois Lowry selected Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games over M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume Two Kingdom on the Waves.
In case you haven't seen the 2010 brackets yet you can view the titles, matchups and judges all at the new Battle of the Books website here: http://sljbattleofthebooks.com/
Matches start March 15 so there is plenty of time to read those titles you might have missed or just haven't gotten to yet. I still have to read Fire (finally read Graceling last month and loved it), Lips Touch (I will likely continue to put this one off), and Sweethearts of Rhythm which my local bookstores and local libraries don't have yet.
In the spirit of March Madness, I going to run a Battle of the Books bracket contest here on this site. At the end of this post you'll find a link to a googledocs form which allows you to choose your picks for each match-up. Correct predictions in the first round will earn you 1 point each. The second round matches are worth 2 points. The third round matches are worth 4 points. The championship round is worth 8 points and predicting the undead book is worth 5 points. So a flawless bracket is worth 37 points.
Unfortunately I am not nearly computer savvy enough to make the form resemble the actual bracket so I recommend printing the pdf from the above website, filling it out, and then answering the form questions with your printed out bracket in hand.
At the end of each round of matches I will tally up the points and post the top scores.
To enter the contest click on the link below and answer each question. Please feel free to share the link with anyone who may also be interested in participating.