Batavia Public Library

Annual Tournament of Books


March 4-27, 2019



New fiction has home court advantage during the Batavia Public Library Tournament of Books!

Sixteen of 2018’s best fiction books, chosen by Batavia readers and librarians, will contend for the top spot in playoff-style brackets. Each weekday, beginning March 4, we’ll post a match between two fiction titles published in 2018. The winner, determined by your votes, will move on. After the semi-final round, two eliminated titles will return to challenge the semi-finalists in the Zombie Round. At the end of the month, one title will emerge victorious.


The best part of the tournament—you can vote for your favorites, on Facebook or in person at the Library! Each vote (one per person, per day) is an entry in a drawing for book prizes at the end of the tournament.  We’ll post daily results on a tournament board in the Library and on the Library’s Facebook page.


You can pick up an annotated list of the Sweet Sixteen and a tournament bracket in the Library or check out the scrolling shelf below.


Vote here!




Nominate books for the next round

Previous tournaments




2018 Batavia Public Library

Tournament of Books Champion



Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman






runner up

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


and rounding out the final four are:


Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate



We are currently seeking nominations

for the Batavia Public Library 2020 Tournament of Books!


Is there a new book you can’t stop thinking about? What recent novel have you been recommending to all your friends? Tell us about it—your suggestion might make Batavia’s Sweet Sixteen.


We are looking for the best new fiction titles to vie for the top spot in the 2019 tournament. Contenders should be adult or young adult fiction and must have been published in 2018. Please send your suggestions to:


Tournament of Books nominations


please include title and author

Want to know more about previous years’ contests? Check out our previous tournaments page.