We voted, and we have some results to share!
(Insert boilerplate about how this will be the simple version of the results with analysis to follow when Joy finishes geeking out over the numbers.)
But first, a reminder about honor vote procedures:
Based on the results of this ballot, the committee will decide if it wishes to name honor books and, if so, how many.
We can name up to four Pyrite honor books, per RealCommittee rules, but we don’t have to — last year, the RealCommittee only named two, which was a bold move (usually all four get honored). In my own RealCommittee year, we debated long and hard over how many honor books to name because of the points gap; we’ve seen this in the Pyrite before as well, where there is a clear distinction between the most supported and the least supported of the top four books. We can suss this out in the comments, and decide what we, as a shadow committee, want to name, but to do that you’ll need some numbers. Here they are:
The Lie Tree was the clear frontrunner — no surprise — with
70 75* points (7/5/0/1).
There’s a huge gap before the next group of books, which are pretty tightly clustered, as follows:
We Are the Ants: 35 (2/3/2/0)
Still Life with Tornado: 34 (2/2/3/1)
Scythe: 32 (3/1/1/3)
The Female of the Species: 32 (2/3/1/0)
Just to give a fuller sense of the points spread, March Book 3 just missed the top 4, coming in with 30 points (2/1/3/2), and The Sun is Also a Star had 29 (2/1/3/1); after that there’s another drop down to 22 points.
So, have at it: 1 honor book? 2? 3? Or do we go for the full four? (And if so, how?) Some years this is one of the more difficult choices the RealCommittee makes; let’s do our best to be as thoughtful.
*An earlier version of this post stated that The Lie Tree had 70 points due to a spreadsheet error.