The first is the School Library Journal Battle of the Books. I've been following this one for years, and still love it. This is the first year in a few years where I haven't read all of the books, but there are still a lot of contenders I'm really excited about. You can see the brackets here.
The book I'm hoping wins it all:
This will be a challenge as the Newbery winner is famously unable to win this competition. It is probably not a shock then that this is what I voted for in the Undead Poll, which is now open. Go vote if there's a contender you love!
SLJ BoB 2015 commences on March 9.
The other Battle I'm excited about is the YA/MG Book Battle which focuses on under-appreciated books from the backlist (including last year). You can see the contenders here. You can see the complete bracket for this battle here.
I'm afraid I can not comment on what I would like to see win this particular battle as I'm a third round judge. And that's going to be HARD. So many of my favorites are in this battle.
The YA/MG Battle starts Monday. Stay tuned!