Welcome to Book Madness 2012!

March 8, 2012

Welcome to Out of Print’s second annual edition of Book Madness! Last year, over 41,000 votes were cast and you crowned To Kill a Mockingbird champion of the classics. This year we went current and focused on 21st-century fiction. The selection process was not easy and we know we left some deserving books on the bench. However, the best part about this for us each year is falling in love with so many new books that we can’t wait to add them to our bookshelf. So we hope you enjoy participating in Book Madness as much as we enjoyed putting it together!


The Bracket Challenge submission deadline was Monday at 12pm EST. We are no longer accepting submissions.

Bracket Challenge: Scoring
Round 1: 1 pt per pick
Round 2: 2 pts per pick
Round 3: 4 pts per pick
Round 4: 8 pts per pick
Round 5: 16 pts per pick
Championship Round: 32 pts per pick

The first Bracket Challenge leaderboard will be posted on Friday, March 16th after 12pm EST when all the 1st-round match-ups have finished.

Complete list of book title and author below.

Netherland Joseph O’Neill
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach
Out Stealing Horses Per Patterson
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer
Oblivion David Foster Wallace
Life of Pi Yann Martel
The Fortress of Solitude Jonathan Lethem
The Brooklyn Follies Paul Auster
Human Stain Philip Roth
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
World War Z Max Brooks
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
A Mercy Toni Morrison
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix JK Rowling
Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl
Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
Falling Man Don DeLillo
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
2666 Roberto Bolaño
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

Empire Falls Richard Russo
The History of Love Nicole Krauss
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
The Known World Edward P Jones
Tinkers Paul Harding
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón
American Gods Neil Gaiman
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Master Colm Tóibín
Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris
Absurdistan Gary Shteyngart
The Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
The Shipping News E Annie Proulx
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson

A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan
The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
The Last Samurai Helen DeWitt
One Day David Nicholls
Room Emma Donoghue
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Intuition Allegra Goodman
The Lotus Eaters Tatjana Soli
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Austerlitz W.G. Sebald
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Atonement Ian McEwan
Skippy Dies Paul Murray
Tree of Smoke Denis Johnson
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

  • Gabe Johnson

    In celebration of it’s eventual victory, could we get an Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay t-shirt?

    • Jillian

      Oooh, I would buy that.

  • Katie

    I cannot find the links to the Excel or PDF documents.

    • sputnik84

      Hi Katie, unfortunately the deadline was Monday at 12pm EST to submit a bracket for our Bracket Challenge. But you can still take part in the voting phase of Book Madness.

  • Sara

    Where is the leader board?

    • sputnik84

      The leaderboard will be posted on Friday after 12pm EST after the 1st-round is finished.

  • http://www.carterseaton.com Carter

    So where do you vote? I don’t see a link anywhere.

  • http://myracingheart.org Kate Richards Wilt

    Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a book that lifted a 1000 lb stone of depression off my spirit.I would vote for that book any day.

    • Ian

      Agreed. It helps that he wrote the firs several chapters 2 mins from my school, but inspiring book. I hope it wins.

  • Aya

    What’s up with the ‘Champion’ column on the leaderboard, and why are some crossed out? Thanks. :)