The Top Reviewed Fiction of 2015

This time of year hundreds of lists touting the best books of 2015 are released. It can be a bit overwhelming, but no worries, dear reader. I’ve compiled eight of what I think are the best lists and found what titles rose to the top. I used the lists from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Bookpage, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Amazon. Lots of good stuff here from big-name authors and debut writers.I’ve included a genre after each title. Click on the title to find the book in our catalog with book descriptions. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about the Top Reviewed Nonfiction of 2015.

Happy reading!

Listed Seven Times

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 The clear winner of 2015: Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff (Domestic Fiction)

cityonfire

Listed Six Times

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (Suspense)
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Domestic Fiction)
Purity by Jonathan Franzen (Contemporary)

littlelife

Listed Five Times

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham (Contemporary)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Contemporary)
My Struggle: Book Four by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Biographical Fictioin)
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Domestic)
Story of the Lost Child, Book 4 in the Neopolitan Series by Elena Ferrante (Historical Fiction)
Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra (Short Stories)

sympathizer

Listed Four Times

Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan (Historical Fiction)
Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb (Contemporary)
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Contemporary)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisen (Fantasy)
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Suspense)
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Historical Fiction)
The Green Road by Anne Enright (Contemporary)
Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman (Short Stories)
The Incarnations by Susan Barker (Historical Fiction)
A Manual for Cleaning Women:Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin (Short Stories)
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (Contemporary)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Contemporary)
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Espionage)
Two Years Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (Fantasy)
Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories by Joy Williams (Short Stories)

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Listed Three Times

Aquarium by David Vann (Contemporary)
The Blondes by Emily Schultz (Thriller)
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard (Historical Fiction)
Dietland by Sarai Walker (Contemporary)
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (Psychological Fiction)
Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson (Short Stories)
Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link (Short Stories)
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (Historical Suspense)
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (Dystopia/Science Fiction)
Golden Age, book 3 of Hundred-Year Trilogy by Jane Smiley (Domestic)
In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar (Short Stories)
Love Object: Selected Stories by Edna O’Brien (Short Stories)
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet (Domestic Fiction)
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (Contemporary)
The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (Psychological Fiction)
Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea (Historical Fiction)
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Contemporary)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)

kitchensofthegreatmidwest
Listed Two Times

After the Parade by Lori Ostlund (Psychological Fiction)
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (Fantasy)
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev (Romance)
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward (Domestic Fiction)
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Fantasy)
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (Historical Fiction)
Crow Fair: Stories by Thomas McGuane (Short Stories)
The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa (Contemporary)
Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell (Historical Fiction)
Etta & Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (Contemporary)
Fair Fight by Anna Freeman (Historical Fiction)
Finale: A Novel of The Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon (Political Fiction)
Finders Keepers by Stephen King (Thriller)
Girl at War by Sara Novic (Historical Fiction)
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (Contemporary)
Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman (Contemporary)
The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle (Psychological Fiction)
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction)
I Refuse by Per Petterson (Psychological Fiction)
Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott (Contemporary)
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (Contemporary)
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig (Contemporary)
Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe (Domestic Fiction)
The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray (Contemporary)
Mislaid by Nell Zink (Domestic)
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh (Domestic Fiction)
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (Mystery)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)
Outline by Rachel Cusk (Psychological Fiction)
Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen (Thriller)
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (Thriller)
The Prize by Jill Bialosky (Contemporary)
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Historical Fiction)
Slade House by David Mitchell (Horror/Fantasy)
Stand Your Ground by VIctoria Christopher Murray (Contemporary)
The State We’re In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie (Short Stories)
Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (Coming of Age Story)
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (Fantasy)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (Historical Fantasy)
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Science Fiction)
The Water Museum by Luis Alberto Urrea (Short Stories)
West of Sunset by Stuart O’Nan (Historical Fiction)
The Whites by Richard Price AKA Harry Brandt (Mystery)
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (Romance)
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan (Contemporary)
Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Short Stories)

 

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