Booketology Round 1: The Voting Is On!

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Let the March book madness begin! Round 1 of Booketology, the Kansas City Public Library’s spring tournament of books, has begun. Vote for your favorites in the field of 64 through Sunday, March 18.

What is Booketology?

Thursday, March 15 – April 2, 2012, the Kansas City Public Library invites patrons to pit well-known favorites from eight genres against each other in a March Madness-style throwdown to determine which book (and ultimately which genre) is best.

We chose the books, you vote for the winners.

Here’s the bracket for the field of 64.

Bracketology Round 1

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VOTE: Booketology Round 1 Ballot

Cast your Round 1 ballot Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18, at the link below.

Round 1 Voting Ballot

Booketology Rules:

  • The tournament will begin Thursday, March 15, with six rounds of online voting taking place here on the Library’s KC Unbound blog until a winner is chosen and announced on Tuesday, April 3.
  • Anyone can vote once per round.
  • When a new round begins, the bracket will be re-posted at 12 p.m. with the books that advanced.
  • Voters who enter their name and email address in the voting form will be entered into a drawing for a Booketology Prize Pack of one copy of each of the eight books that advance to the Elite 8 round, plus a basketball autographed by Kansas City author Whitney Terrell.

About the Author

Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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booketology question

Hi! I stumbled across your Booketology post and I think it's a FANTASTIC idea!! (I'm a librarian so I'm probably biased in that respect). I was just curious how you chose the books in the top 64? Thanks again for doing this!

It wasn't easy...

Hi Heather,
Thanks for the kind words on Booketology! I hope your bracket wasn't destroyed after round 1 like mine!

From Readers' Services Manager Kaite Mediatore Stover, who was in charge of the selection process:

"Since there are eight Genre Divisions, we were limited to only eight titles in each one. Our goal was a recognizable mix of well-known classics and popular titles, plus titles that are benchmarks in the genre. I’m sure there are many worthy contenders that were left out. We can only hope these “book teams” make the playoffs next year."

You can can reach Kaite with further questions at

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