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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Schatje's "Best Books Read in 2015" List

Today is the last day of 2015, so I’m presenting my list of the Best Books Read in 2015.  Please note that these were not necessarily published in the year – they made it off my “To Read” pile in the calendar year.

In total, I managed to read 75 books.  I’ve organized my list into three categories:  Best Canadian Fiction, Best Mysteries, and Best International Fiction.  Within each category, the books are not ranked.

Best Canadian Fiction
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (reviewed on July 20)
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (reviewed on September 19)
His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay (reviewed on August 18)
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens (reviewed on October 30)
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (reviewed on October 24)

Best Mysteries
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (reviewed on October 31)
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell (reviewed on October 27)
The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen (reviewed on September 16)
Malice by Keigo Higashino (reviewed on September 6)
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck (reviewed on December 5)

Best International Fiction
Harvest by Jim Crace (reviewed on November 10)
The Children Act by Ian McEwan (reviewed on December 27)
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton (reviewed on December 28)
Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian (reviewed on August 27)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (reviewed on August 22)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (reviewed on August 10)
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (reviewed on July 23)
The World before Us by Aislinn Hunter (reviewed on December 29)
Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith (reviewed on December 30)
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante (My Brilliant Friend reviewed on November 29; The Story of a New Name, December 9; Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, December 12; and The Story of the Lost Child, December 18)