Prose Bowl 2018: Round 2

by Grant P.

Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2018. We started with twenty-four worthy contenders last week, and after tallying the nearly 1,700 votes using only an abacus, we have our winners from each of their genre brackets. Now the real battle begins, ROUND 2! The Hunger Games has nothing on us.


 Crime Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Apparently very few voters throw stones, because Glass Houses by Louise Penny won in a landslide with almost 40% of the vote in the Crime Fiction group. In a much tighter race Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance narrowly beat out The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. My personal prediction for this category is the book with more votes will win.


General Fiction/Historical Fiction vs. Romance

In another tight race, Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult just edged out Beartown by Fredrik Backman, in the General Fiction category. Just in case anyone is calling my and my trusty abacus’s integrity into question, my favorite book Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was soundly defeated (sigh). I am sure that the familiar northwest setting of Jayne Ann Krentz’s aided in her thorough defeat of her romance rivals.


Graphic Novel vs. Speculative Fiction

I bet the other graphic novels in the contest regret not timing the release of the movie adaptation of their work to coincide with Prose Bowl. Black Panther laid waste to the competition with almost 50% of the vote! Likewise Katherine Arden’s debut novel dominated the field more than doubling the votes of the nearest challenger. I am sad that these two great books can’t meet in the finals.

Well, there you have it, now get to voting. You have until March 20 at noon to cast your vote.



6 responses to “Prose Bowl 2018: Round 2”

  1. Jackie Parker says:

    You amuse me, Grant.

  2. Eleanore Greig says:

    have not read the others yet

  3. Cheryl says:

    Louise Penny series is great!

  4. Susan Stockard says:

    Sorry that Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward) and The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead) didn’t make the list. They were outstanding.

  5. Susan Stockard says:

    Thank you! I was late to the game and wasn’t sure what qualified as 2017 books.

  6. Lindsey A. says:

    I was also pretty disappointed that “Lincoln in the Bardo” didn’t make it through. I love the GN and Speculative winners, though!

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