Prose Bowl 2019: Round 1

by Marina M

It’s March Madness Time!

And we all know what that means . . . lots and lots of bracket-based elimination competition. And while the most well known bracket competitions are athletic in nature we here at Sno-Isle are continuing our tradition of a book based bracket. Welcome to Prose Bowl 2019!

In this online competition you, the reading community, will decide the favorite read of 2018. We, your trusty Readers’ Services Team, have narrowed it down to 60 titles. It’s up to you to narrow it down to the final one.

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

I know. I’m mixing sports metaphors here but this is a book bracket. Only the words matter, right? And maybe some cover judgement thrown in because pretty things are nice. So, who are the contenders this year? Find our full list here.

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In rounds one and two you will vote for your favorite book in each genre, with round two consisting of just the top two titles from the previous round’s vote. In round three it’ll be genre vs genre! There’s fiction pitted against nonfiction. Speculative fiction against graphic novels. And the always classic pairing of romance versus crime fiction.

The Ground Rules

We’re doing this a bit different than in previous years. We heard what you were asking for and have extended the Prose Bowl from three to four voting rounds.

In Round 1 (this round, right now!) vote for your favorite in each of the six categories. That jolly green giant “Round 1 Vote Here” button up above is where you start.

This is what the rest of the voting schedule will look like:

Friday, March 8 – Round 2 in which you vote for one of the top two vote-getters in each genre
Friday, March 15 – Round 3 in which the top contenders in each genre are pitted against each other
Friday, March 22 – Final Round in which the top three contenders face off in a battle to the death
Friday, March 29 – in which the winner will be announced!

As noted above, each round will begin on a Friday and voting will be open for that round until noon the following Thursday.

Ready, set, vote!

Will your favorite win?

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8 responses to “Prose Bowl 2019: Round 1”

  1. Blatant lobbying is allowed, right? Vote for Woman World in Graphic Novels!!

  2. Barbara Deaton says:

    a printable copy of “lists” would be appreciated……so many books I’ve not yet enjoyed, and once you
    take the survey, you can’t go back to re-read the choices !!

    • Marie B. says:

      Great point, Barbara! To print our book lists, just look for the little printer icon on the right side of the gray bar at the bottom of any of the list’s pages. Here’s a link to the printable list for your convenience.

    • Denise Kruse says:

      Thanks for asking, Barbara! I was thinking the same thing. Always love these lists, great suggestions for future reads!

  3. Jocelyn says:

    Is the list available earlier in the year so we can read them before it’s time to vote? How would I subscribe to that !!

    • Marina M. says:

      Jocelyn, thanks for asking about reading ahead. We choose the most circulated books of the previous year and then finalize the selections about a month before Prose Bowl starts. But we’ll take your suggestion to share the final list a bit sooner.

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