Prose Bowl 2019: Round 2


By Julie T.

And then there were…

I hope your favorite books made it through the first round of voting! Now that we’re underway in week 2, the voting gets tougher.  You rallied behind your choices with nearly a thousand votes total!


Crime Fiction

Kingdom of the Blind, from last year’s winner Louise Penny, scored enough votes to advance to genre winner take all Round 3. Will the suspense prove too much for the bestselling thriller The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn? Only your votes can solve the mystery of the Round 2 champion!


Every Breath The Shape of Water

Award-winning fantasist Guillermo del Toro and perennial tearjerker Nicholas Sparks stole your hearts (and Round 1) with The Shape of Water and Every Breath, respectively.



You certainly made Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone feel less lonely, catapulting it into Round 2, along with Delia Owen’s Where the Crawdads Sing.

Nonfiction & Biography


Memoirs dominated the nonfiction category, with Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Tara Westover’s Educated advancing.

Speculative Fiction


Nora Robert’s Of Blood and Bone and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik took top honors in the Speculative Fiction category. Which titles will advance to Round 3? I’ll let you speculate (and vote) on that!

Graphic Novels


The Graphic Novel category boasts Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald and Jenny Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How many votes will they inspire next week?

May the book odds be ever in your favor! Each round will begin on a Friday and voting will be open for that round until noon the following Thursday. Stay tuned next week to see how your favorite books fared!

Prose Bowl schedule

Friday, March 15 – Round 3: Top contenders in each genre are pitted against each other.
Friday, March 22 – Final Round face-off…
Friday, March 29 – The champion revealed!


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