16 in ’16: Prose Bowl Finalist Feedback


By Liz K. 

We are officially halfway through our current challenge, Read a Prose Bowl Finalist! What titles have you read? Here are a few our readers have already shared with us.

Vicki L.:  So many good choices! I can tell I’m going to want to read quite a few of these. I’m about done with Gray Mountain by John Grisham and I’m really enjoying it. I haven’t read one of his books for a long time and I’m glad to rediscover him.

Mary: Just finished reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. This is a book that everyone would benefit from reading. It’s eye-opening and empathetic, beautifully written by a skilled surgeon who is struggling with the same questions that many of us face when we or our family members are ill. How do we switch medicine off and turn to caring?

Judith W.: I’ve read a number of these. Two standouts are Being Mortal and Dead Wake – oddly both are about the end of life.

So far, I have read two from our Prose Bowl Finalist list.

The girl on the train


My first read was the winner of the Prose Bowl, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I think I may have been the last person I know to read it! So many books, so little time. Gritty and suspenseful, this is a perfect choice for anyone who enjoys the works of Gillian Flynn or Tana French. A movie adaptation is due to hit theaters in October. If you are late to the game, like I was (!), make sure to read it before then.


Book Jacket


Up next, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Technically a reread for me because I read it originally last year, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to listen to the audiobook this time around. Choosing to embrace life rather than let her battle with clinical depression rule, Ms. Lawson’s candid stories of her daily adventures are upbeat, moving, and more often that not, HILARIOUS!



2 responses to “16 in ’16: Prose Bowl Finalist Feedback”

  1. Vicki L says:

    Since reading John Grisham’s book, Gray Mountain, I’ve read The Girl on the Train and The Last Bus to Wisdom. I think I might be in the minority in regards to Paula Hawkins book. I didn’t enjoy it all that much and it would not have been my choice for winner. On the other hand, I typically like Ivan Doig’s books and I think The Last Bus to Wisdom is my new favotite. I’ve also listened to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. Her tips for organizing are very interesting and inspiring.

    Now (so far) I’m enjoying Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.

    • Liz says:

      Wow, Vicki, you are racking up a lot of points with the challenge! Ms. Hawkins book definitely does not appeal to everyone. I know people who loved it and just as many who didn’t. I am glad to hear you gave it a shot though! Sometimes you need a challenge like this one to encourage you to read outside of your comfort zone.

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