I was just thinking about switching up the voting style so it's a little more "March Madness" style. I mean, I don't watch March Madness, so I'm not exactly sure how it works, but I imagine it's a series of matches between two teams, the winner moving on to challenge a new team until you get to a final two who vie for the title. I was thinking it would be much better to do this with our polls too, partly because it might be easier for you guys to choose between two options as opposed to three (and it will make my counting job easier too!), plus it just feels a little more official.
Trouble is, how exactly do I set that up? Using the current set of polls, there are 15 choices to work with, which isn't evenly divisible by 2. Plus I don't want it to get boring, with you guys voting for the same book over and over until it eventually wins (some polls win by a landslide).
So maybe we should keep the format we've got until we get down to the final 8. When it's time for the mini-winners to start facing off I could set up polls of two there. I know in football there are two main teams - NFL and AFL, which compete among themselves until they get to the Super Bowl. So how about I assign four sitters to Team A and four to Team B. Team A could be the original four sitters - Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey; Team B is Dawn, Abby, Mallory, and Jessi. The first polls could then be Kristy vs. Claudia and Mary Anne vs. Stacey and Dawn vs. Abby and Mallory vs. Jessi. Say Kristy and Stacey win their respective polls, so they then go head to head, with the winner (let's just say Kristy) moving on to the final. Same in Team B with those winners (let's just say Dawn wins that one.) Then the final round would be Kristy vs. Dawn for the Ultimate title.
I think that sounds pretty good - it draws out the polling process a bit and is easier to deal with.