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Best Books of 2015

December 16, 2015

It’s the time of year for Best Books of 2015 lists. Which are great for librarian things like collection development, and reader delights, such as smiling at familiar books I loved too, or exponentially doubling my own unwieldy TBR pile. (No-brainer New Year’s Resolution for 2016: reinstate my book-buying ban and chip away at my massive TBR pile.)

David at Largehearted Boy is aggregating all of the Best of 2015 booklists he can find. Ambitious project. Awe-inspiring.

Over on Twitter, the hashtag #libfaves15 has been a treasure trove, as librarians pick their own personal top ten books for the year. Search the tag live, or read the marvelous final tally of titles from EarlyWord.  (And, if you search the site, there’s lists from previous years.)

For my own #libfaves15 picks, I limited myself to books published in 2015 that I also read in 2015. Here they are.

  1. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (to the surprise of nobody reading this blog.)
  2. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. One Righteous Man by Arthur Browne
  5. White Ghost by James Benn
  6. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  7. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  8. Run You Down by Julia Dahl
  9. Beastly Bones by William Ritter
  10. The Nurses by Alexandra Robbins, and The Shift by Theresa Brown

Reading over this list, I thought I had written reviews for all of them, but I looked on GoodReads and the blog, and no joy. How perplexing! Clearly, I need to re-read and get to writing.
Or be tempted by all the new books on my TBR list…

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