It’s a really exciting day for book worms: The eight annual TMN 2012 Tournament of Books has officially gone live! Click through to see which 16 “of the most cherished, hyped, ignored, and/or enthusiastically praised books of the year” will be battling it out in a NCAA-style bracket beginning March 7th, and let us know in the comments if you agree with the their picks. But be kind. TMN realizes that not everyone will be happy with their list. “Some books were dismissed for petty reasons,” they explain. “Some books were no doubt included for arbitrarily aesthetic ones. And there’s no getting around any of that, as far as we can tell.” Amen. We’re also curious: Are there any voracious Flavorwire readers out there who have already tackled all 16 books?
Nathacha Appanah, The Last Brother Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending Teju Cole, Open City Helen Dewitt, Lightning Rods Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding Alan Hollinghurst, Stranger’s Child Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table Ann Patchett, State of Wonder Donald Ray Pollock, Devil All the Time Karen Russell, Swamplandia Kate Zambreno, Green Girl