The Best Books of 2015


I hope everyone’s 2015 ended with some great reading, family, friends, and fantastic food.

Of those I read in the year 2015 — those published in 2015 and before — these are the best in these categories:

Best Series:

Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue)

Best Children’s Book: (TIE)

Best Memoir:

Displacement by Lucy Knisley

Best Nonfiction:

LOVE: A Philadelphia Affair by Beth Kephart

Best Short Story Collection:

The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War 

Best Young Adult Fiction:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Best Reference:

How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids by Matthew Jervis

Best Women’s Fiction:

French Coast by Anita Hughes

Best Historical Fiction: (TIE)

Best Fiction:

Best Poetry: (TIE)

Here is the list of BEST BOOKS PUBLISHED in 2015:

  1. Wet Silence by Sweta Vikram
  2. The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
  3. Vessel by Parneshia Jones
  4. LOVE: A Philadelphia Affair by Beth Kephart
  5. The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck
  6. The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy
  7. Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
  8. One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart
  9. The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
  10. The Sound of Glass by Karen White
  11. Mistaking Her Character by Maria Grace
  12. Earth Joy Writing by Cassie Premo Steele, PhD

What were your favorites in 2015?


  1. stacybuckeye says

    Great list! The only one I’ve read is Displacement and I loved it too!

  2. You must read House of Hawthorne and Mapmaker’s Children!

  3. The Raven series was soo good.

  4. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    Glad to see The Mapmaker’s Children and The Race for Paris on your list!

  5. Happy New Year, Serena! Enjoyed reading your best of list. I read Wintergirls years ago and it was a fabulous read. Here’s wishing you a great reading year in 2016!

  6. Beth Hoffman says

    Such a good list! I loved “Vessel” too. Happy New Year!

  7. Beth Kephart says

    I love this list. It shows your great depth and breadth as a reader/writer. And of course I’m so honored to be listed here. Thank you.

  8. bermudaonion(Kathy) says

    I love the way your broke this down. I tried The Story of Beautiful Girl on audio and it didn’t work for me that way. It sounds like I need to get the print version.

  9. Interesting re Stiefvater. I think I would have picked the Shiver series. But it’s pretty hard to pick with her! Happy New Year!!!

  10. Lists like this make me want to add more books. I already found an Anita Hughes book! Now to track a few more.
    Happy New Year