The HCC March Madness Final Four

We’re down to the Final Four in HCC March Madness.

Can you believe it? We started with 64 (which you can still win, by the way), and now are down to FOUR.

Which title will be named champion? That’s up to you to decide.

In the first match-up we have:


Little Princes just came out last year, but it’s already left quite an impression on everyone that has read it. Conor’s story about his time volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal will touch your heart. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, definitely check it out.

“I think I can guarantee you a good deal of joy and laughter as you read this book, and more than a few tears–not the sentimental, tear-jerky kind of tears, but the kind that well up from full and genuine emotion. You will surely share Conor’s love for the kids he comes to know, and his concern for their future.” — Peter Clothier, The Huffington Post. Read his full review here.

Also, Conor is a really nice and funny guy! Visit his blog, you’ll see.



Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River won the HCC March Madness crown in 2008, and now The Given Day is very close to taking the prize. Lehane will be the only author to win this tournament twice, and, I think he’s the only author to make the Final Four twice, in the history of the tournament. Pretty amazing, right? If you’ve ever read Lehane’s books you’ll completely udnerstand why. The man is a master at telling intricate, dark, character-driven stories, and The Given Day proves this.

“Quite simply, THE GIVEN DAY is about as close to the great American novel as we’re likely to read until … well, until Lehane writes another.” — Bookpage

And, in our second semi-final round match-up…


I’m going to be a bit biased here because I love, love, LOVE this book. I have so many fond memories of reading this book in school, with friends, with my mother… I think a lot of people have special memories tied to reading Charlotte’s Web for the first time. It’s no surprise that it’s made it to the Final Four. But, does it ever have tough competition…

“Wilbur, a lovable pig, is rescued from a cruel fate by a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte. Told with delicacy, humor, and wisdom…a perfect blending of fantasy and complete realism.” — Booklist



To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books that everyone knows, and pretty much everyone has read. It’s the definition of a classic. It’s no wonder that it has made it to the Final Four this year! It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, and has sold more than thirty million copies worldwide. Amazing, right? And, it’s an important story, one that many of us can remember reading in school, because of the way it deals with major issues like racism and justice.

“A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction. . . . A novel of strong contemporary national significance.”— Chicago Tribune

Alright guys, now it’s your turn to decide which books are making it to the FINALS!

Vote, vote, vote!

– Shannon
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