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best of 2015: year’s end

My year-in-review post will be up tomorrow, of course, as usual. But first, as the year ends, I always like to review the very BEST books I read in the last year. As ever, these were not necessarily published in 2015 (although many were).

Those that received a rating of 10:

Those that received a rating of 9:

There were, as always, lots of 8’s. I won’t list them all here for fear of exhausting you, although a search on this page for “Rating: 8” should take you there, if you’re that interested. I need to note just a few here, though. Honorable mention goes to Paul Kingsnorth’s strange and singular debut novel, The Wake. I can’t stop thinking about Wallace Stegner’s The Big Rock Candy Mountain. And, cheers to Rick Bragg, whose name appears twice on the lists above.

What did YOU read this year that’s blown you away?

3 Responses

  1. […] As always, for the very *best* books I’ve read this year, see New Year’s Eve’s post. […]

  2. Station Eleven is a book that is quietly popping up on a lot of ‘best of’ lists. I loved it, and sent it to both of my son’s Kindles this Christmas. I read it in a book club, and it got an astonishing 100% thumbs up from the group – a very rare (in fact I can’t remember it happening) event. I enjoy your column, all the best for 2016.

    • Malvina, first of all, thank you so much for your kind words about the blog in general. I love knowing that there is somebody out there actually reading & responding. Thank you! And I wish you a wonderful 2016 as well, in and out of books.

      And, yes! Station Eleven was something special. I’m excited to hear about the book club’s 100% because yes, that must be terribly rare: all our tastes are so different. I’m glad we have this in common!

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