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Friday, December 4, 2015

"Best of 2015" Lists

On November 14, I posted links to three “Best of 2015” lists from Amazon, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly

I’m always interested in the lists compiled by Canada’s two national newspapers, The Globe and Mail and the National Post.  Both have released their lists.

A comparison of these two lists (for fiction and mysteries) reveals 20 titles in common:
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Breakneck by Nelly Arcan
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
If I Fall, if I Die, by Michael Christie
Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Lynn Crosbie
Outline by Rachel Cusk
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
Harmless by James Grainger
All True, Not a Lie in It by Alix Hawley
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche
The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill
Sleep by Nino Ricci
Martin John by Anakana Schofield
Confidence by Russell Smith
The Cartel by Don Winslow

Outline by Rachel Cusk is getting kudos from everyone; not only does it appear on both of these lists, it was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2015 (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/02/books/review/best-books-of-2015.html).  It also appeared on the shortlists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

For another Canadian perspective, refer to the list compiled by CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/books/bestbooks2015/index.html.