Reading the Tournament of Books long list in January

The Morning News’ Tournament of Books long list was released sometime last month. I’ve always enjoyed following along with the tournament brackets, commentary and results, although with little idea of what most of the books are like because, well, I usually haven’t read any of the contenders.

This year, though, I’m hoping to read some of them, and I realized that somehow I’ve already read some on the long long list. Of course they’re not all going to make it to the tournament brackets but I’m going to try as best as I can to spend the month of January reading from this list.

So here’s the list, I’ve crossed out the books I’ve already read and have bolded in maroon the ones I’ve already requested from my library or its e-book catalogue. Those in green are those I hope to get to in January as well and are kind of my guesses for the shortlist. 

Which ones have you read or hope to read?

  • The Fever by Megan Abbott
  • Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
  • The Intimidator Still Lives in Our Hearts by Gary Amdahl
  • Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond (my thoughts)
  • Women by Chloe Caldwell
  • A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (currently reading)
  • The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
  • The Secret Place by Tana French
  • American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
  • Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  • The Peripheral by William Gibson
  • Friendship by Emily Gould
  • Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
  • Wittgenstein Jr by Lars Iyer
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
  • The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • My Struggle: Book Three by Karl Ove Knausgård
  • Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • 10:04 by Ben Lerner
  • People Park by Pasha Malla
  • Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • Our Secret Life in the Movies by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree
  • The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • Alphabet by Kathy Page
  • Reunion by Hannah Pittard
  • Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell
  • Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Dan by Joanna Ruocco
  • Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Adam by Ariel Schrag
  • Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
  • Some Luck by Jane Smiley
  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub
  • Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Free by Willy Vlautin (my thoughts)
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (my thoughts)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld
  • The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink


  1. Glad to see you’re giving this a shot! I’m definitely going to try to read The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Redeployment sometime this month (they’re on hold right now).


  2. I got The Secret Place by Tana French and Station Eleven for Christmas (not breaking my ban!) and am looking forward to them both. There are some fab books in this list, have fun!


  3. All the Birds Singing is nice and short! It’s very memorable too. There are some lovely books on this list, not that I’ve read many.


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