It's a common complaint among avid readers and always an unfortunate truth for me as we are wrapping up our annual Best of the Year lists. Especially when so many of 2015's notable titles are sooooooo long. For those who thought Fates and Furies—at 400 pages—was long, what about Atkinson's A God in Ruins (480), Franzen's Purity (563), Yanagihara's A Little Life (720), or Hallberg's City on Fire (927)? Honestly, I am still working my way through City on Fire and have yet to get my hands on A Little Life (though I am finally next in line for BCPL's e-book!).
But I digress. For all those (maybe) wonderful 2015 titles I haven't yet read, our 2015 Adult Fiction committee has read numerous noteworthy titles that we just didn't love quite enough to give them a Best of the Year title. Other books greatly enjoyed by committee members (and other library staff) this year include the aforementioned A God in Ruins and Purity, twisty thrillers like In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Luckiest Girl Alive, and the latest books by reliably great authors like Toni Morrison and Harlan Coben. As for those 2015 gems we haven't yet discovered? We'll add them in later. For now, here is our current list of our favorite books of 2015:
|Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman|
An Afghani orphan loses everything when his village is attacked by militants and must join a U.S.-funded militia to try to save his injured brother, who fell victim to a marketplace bomb.
|The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah|
Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.