Jimmy Fallon Announces Big Return of His Book Club

Jimmy Fallon has announced the return of his popular book club competition. Read on to learn more about this competition and how you can participate.

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We are now deep into the month of March, which means it is now time for March Madness. It is a time when the best of the best are placed in a bracket and compete to be number one. When most people read that, they are probably thinking of college basketball. However, this year, Jimmy Fallon is redefining the meaning of March Madness. He is bringing back his book club where books compete against each other, and he is putting that club in bracket form. There are some exciting competitors this year, which means all of the selected books have to face a tough bracket.

How does the bracket work?

Fallon revealed the book club’s return on the March 25 episode of The Tonight Show. The original book club began in the summer of 2018. Considering the time of year, this year’s book club is planning to be on theme. There are 16 books in this year’s group of books. Similar to the case in basketball, the top 16 are referred to as the Sweet 16. Fans will vote for their favorite book out of each matchup for multiple rounds until there is one book left. That final book will be the spring selection for Jimmy Fallon’s Book Club.

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In order to keep track of the multiple rounds, the winner of each round will be announced on both Fallon’s show and on the show’s social media. There is also an Instagram account dedicated to this book club, which is @FallonBookClub, if people are serious about keeping track of the bracket. People can go to fallonbookclub.com if they want to cast their vote. Voters are only allowed to cast a maximum of 10 votes per round, so everyone needs to figure out how they will divide those 10 votes. It is an intense competition for book fans, and there could be some shocking results.

What are the books?

As mentioned before, there are 16 books in this bracket. There is no particular theme for these books. They all come from a variety of genres and tell many different types of stories. Each of the books could have come out as long as a few months ago and as recent as a few days ago. The competition is all about voting between the popular books of the moment, no matter what kind of books they are.

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In the first half of the draw, the matchups are Annie Bot by Sierra Greer versus Nightwatching by Tracy Sierra, A Short Walk Through a Wide World by Douglas Westerbeke versus Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan, The Fury by Alex Michaelides versus The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo, and The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzalez James versus Grief Is for People by Sloane Crosley. The second half of the draw’s matchups are James by Percival Everett versus The Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes, How to Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin versus The Hunter by Tana French, Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange versus The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard, and Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé versus Interesting Facts About Space by Emily Austin.

The Previous Years

While this is not the first iteration of Jimmy Fallon’s Book Club, this is the first time that the book club is being done with the bracket format. The original version of the book club competition from 2018, which was called Tonight Show Summer Reads, had more of a list voting format. The original list only had five curated books and fans had to pick their favorite. There have been four competitions before the current one, but this one will be the biggest one yet.

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The first winner of the book club was the fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. The second competition was in the summer of 2019, with the winner being Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, and the third competition was in the summer of 2021, with the winner being The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The fourth competition winner from summer 2022 was Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

Through this bracket, people should be able to find a lot of interesting book recommendations. Even if the winning book may not be a person’s favorite, they will still have total access to the other books and, through the myriad of options, should be able to find something that they like. Fallon is bringing together book lovers through this bracket while also inviting some friendly competition. Who will come out on top? All of these books have a chance, so those interested should cast their vote and follow along to see which book is the most beloved!


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