Prose Bowl 2019: Round 3

by Lois H.

Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2019!

At the beginning of March, we started with 60 of the best books from the past year. After two weeks of voting, we narrowed our competitors down to the top title of each genre. Now it’s time for a genre showdown!

For some, this may be a simple challenge. Maybe you’re a romance novel enthusiast but dislike crime fiction. Easy choice! However, if you’re like me, putting two favorite genres head to head can be difficult. Graphic novels versus speculative fiction? A devastating decision.

Here are your Round 3 competitors:

Speculative Fiction vs. Graphic Novel


Nora Robert’s Of Blood and Bone beat out Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, securing its place in the top six contenders. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang took the crown in the Graphic Novel category, defeating Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald. Maybe this will be the year a graphic novel makes it into the Final Round!

Crime Fiction vs. Romance Novel


Last year’s Prose Bowl champion, Louise Penny, maintains her strong appeal with Kingdom of the Blind, beating A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window in Crime Fiction. How will she fare against Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance, The Shape of Water, which bested Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks?

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction


It was a super tight race but The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah finally triumphed over Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen. Michelle Obama’s Becoming also advanced to the third round, leaving behind Educated by Tara Westover. I have a feeling it’s going to be a tight race between these two genre winners.

Time to make those tough decisions!

Voting will be open until noon next Thursday, March 21.

Friday, March 22 – Final Round: Top three titles

Friday, March 29 – Winner Announced!

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4 responses to “Prose Bowl 2019: Round 3”

  1. Readiculous says:

    I can’t wait to see which books end up in the final three! I already know which one I want to see come out on top at the end, but I’m not telling.

    • Lois H. says:

      I am also excited to see which books make it into the next round! I have my predictions but we shall see… I hope you’ll let us know if your favorite wins!

  2. Alez says:

    I have to say that a part of me really hopes Nora Roberts wins, even though I’m don’t normally read many of her books. With the fire and grit she has shown during the #copypastecris debacle, she’s become one of my favorite individuals.

    • Lois H. says:

      I also haven’t read many of Nora Roberts’s books but have been following her response to #copypastecris on her blog. She’s quite incredible!

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