Prose Bowl 2019 – The Winner Is…

by Marie B

Four weeks of fierce competition has brought us to this glorious day.  In case you missed it, here’s a recap.  Round 1 presented readers with the challenge of selecting their favorites from among 60 titles across six genres.  Many worthy opponents fell at the first hurdleRound 2 gave the top two from each genre one more chance to come out on top in their field. Round 3 pitted genre against genre in a slightly unfair fight.  The Final Round was a battle for the ages, with Speculative Fiction duking it out with Nonfiction/Biography and Crime Fiction.  Talk about a tough decision!

And, boy, did you vote.  Over the entire contest, 3,115 votes were cast, 815 of them in the final round.  The battle was epic, but there can be only one.

And the winner is…

For the first time in Prose Bowl history, readers have selected a nonfiction title! Michelle Obama‘s memoir Becoming sailed to victory against two literary heavy-hitters, Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny and Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama shares the story of her life (so far).  From her humble beginnings in Chicago to attending two prestigious universities, to meeting a guy named Barack and becoming First Lady, Obama’s warmth, wit, and candor make a fantastic read.

Becoming is available in a wide range of formats for your reading or listening enjoyment. Readers may particularly enjoy the audio version, as Obama narrates it herself.

We hope you’ve enjoyed participating in Prose Bowl 2019.  Please take a minute to share your thoughts about the contest by taking our incredibly short survey.

Want another look at the contenders?  Here you go!

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4 responses to “Prose Bowl 2019 – The Winner Is…”

  1. Kim says:

    I am so excited this book won! I loved the audio version.

  2. liliane postigo says:

    Unhappy about the result. Obama’s book did not deserve to win.

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