16 in ’16: Read a Prose Bowl Finalist


By Liz

No April-fooling going on around here! Today brings us a new reading challenge…Read a Prose Bowl Finalist! In December, we launched our first ever Prose Bowl. Set up in March-Madness style brackets, we asked for your help in determining our community’s favorite book of 2015 . Votes were cast, brackets were made (and broken), and by January 11th we had a winner: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Between now and April 20th, read one of our 32 original contenders and fill in one more box on your 16 in ’16 reading log.

Not sure which title to read? Take our handy quiz!



15 responses to “16 in ’16: Read a Prose Bowl Finalist”

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  2. Vicki L says:

    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.

  3. Liz King says:

    So glad to hear you are enjoying our list Vicki!

  4. Mary says:

    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?

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  6. judith works says:

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

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  8. Rebecca Wietzke says:

    I packed a bag full of books for this challenge on my recent spring break trip to Arizona…sunshine and reading non-stop. Book heaven! (TSA didn’t bat an eye when I went through security, although I would have loved to chat about books with them.) I finished Gray Mountain at 2 a.m. and was kept awake another night by Revival. It was worth losing sleep over.

  9. Theresa V says:

    I just finished reading A Sudden Light by Garth Stein. The setting is set in Seattle, present day, and a few nibbles in the past with timber barons. I was interested if the house and land central to the book really existed. After visiting the book’s website, I learned The Highlands, just outside Seattle limits, is where the book takes place. The author grew up in Innis Arden, played in the woods surrounding The Highlands, and could see Boeing’s mansion through the trees. It is also about inheritance, fathers/sons, and the beauty of nature.

    • I heard Stein speak about this book around when it was released. It was very much influenced by his childhood. It’s always nice to see our region well depicted in literature!

  10. Vicki L says:

    Theresa, thanks for your review of A Sudden Light. I have this on my list to read now.

    I just finished listening to A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George. I have never read her before. The audio book was over 21 hours and I will say, I think she could have cut the story down quite a bit without losing anything. Just my opinion though.

  11. Vicki L says:

    Yes, I enjoyed it. I should have said that. Thanks.

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