Updated with results: Let’s pick the best, together!

And the Book Madness winner is…

We started with 16 of Oak Park’s favorite titles competing for this year’s top prize. And after a close championship round, we have to 1 clear winner: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett!

Thanks to everyone who voted online these last two weeks; more than 300 votes were cast. Percentage breakdowns by rounds and individual pairings are available below. Funny to see how some contests were real nail biters, and others, well clearly not!

Book Madness 2021: Winning Bracket

The results

Want to know which title won by how much? See the breakdown of voting in each round below.

Championship Round

Title matchupPercentage of votesWinner
A Promised Land by Barack Obama46%
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett54%

Round 3: Final 4

Title matchupsPercentage of votesWinner
1. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi45.7%
1. A Promised Land by Barack Obama 54.3%
2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett60%
2. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson40%

Round 2: Elite 8

Title matchupsPercentage of votesWinner
1. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid47.6%
1. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi52.4%
2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman28.6%
2. A Promised Land by Barack Obama71.4%
3. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett73%
3. All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny27%
4. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson52.4%
4. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig47.6%

Round 1: Sweet 16

Title matchupsPercentage of votesWinner
1. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid67.1%
1. Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha
Irby
32.9%
2. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi67.8%
2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley40.2%
3. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman59.7%
3. Deacon King Kong by James McBride40.3%
4. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano22.8%
4. A Promised Land by Barack Obama77.2%
5. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett68.5%
5. Untamed by Glennon Doyle31.5%
6. All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny50.3%
6. The Splendid & the Vile by Erik Larson49.7%
7. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson74.5%
7. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan
Alam
25.5%
8. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig59.1%
8. The Searcher by Tana French40.9%

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