Prose Bowl Top Bracket Winner Favorites, part 1

by Marina


And we have a winner! Not the winning book. We already know what that is from a previous post. More precisely, we have one of our top finisher’s favorite reading list. From Michelle, creator of one of the top ten brackets, here is a list of five of her favorites that she read in 2015 – and, in her own words, why they made the cut:


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer—”This coming-of-age story starts off in a summer camp for gifted young artists. They become forever linked, with the story chronicling the interesting twists and turns of their lives as they transition from teenagers to adulthood. I loved this book because it made me think about the choices we all make, and the consequences that we can then reflect on later in life.”


highest tide

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch—”Who doesn’t love a good read from a local author? This one revolves around a an adolescent boy who grows up in the Puget Sound captivated by the ocean, the salty air, and the mysteries within his life and the life of the ocean around him.”



jekyll Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson—”This story was for me quite challenging to tackle even though it was not very long.  In the end I truly enjoyed the literary value, the mystery, and the bleak London setting as so beautifully depicted by the author.”


starry skyUnder the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan—”This is a fictionalized love and adventure tale based on research about the creative genius Robert Louis Stevenson and his partner Fanny.  I loved having read one of Stevenson’s works (Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) in tangent with this novel, which ultimately led me to better understand his inspiration for writing his horror stories.”



winter peopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon—”A witch story, a ghost story, or just urban legend? This story keeps one guessing with a plot within a plot linking the characters in interesting yet bizarre ways.  It is also an out-of-sequence story, which kept me on my toes. I don’t read a lot of mystery books so this was fun and strange to read at the same time. I was intrigued by the cover and loved listening to it on audio book, which I highly recommend for its spook value!”


Thanks for participating, Michelle! And for sharing some of your favorites.


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