2015 was years that saw a multitude of coloring books for adults, dominate the UK Amazon’s bestsellers’ charts. However, for us old school readers, who refuse to acknowledge coloring books amidst our favorite ‘books’ of the year, 2015 was a year that saw female authors triumph.
Regardless of the author’s fame, here is a list of books that will be remembered as 2015’s – the bestsellers, the most hyped, the underrated, the critically acclaimed and a personal favorite.
1. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train, a thriller by Paula Hawkins dominated the NY Times bestsellers’ charts for 16 weeks, coming out as the clear winner for the year. The book was basically Gone Girl for 2015. Although, considering the stellar reviews, the book has been collectively acclaimed to have lived up to its hype.
2. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
Comeback author Harper Lee made headlines and flooded newsfeeds with a much anticipated sequel to her, all time best “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The latter being an iconic piece of fiction that is deemed a classic by many around the world, Harper Lee failed to wow the global audience with the sequel. The books received mixed reviews and failed to leave the mark its predecessor did. Nevertheless, Go Set a Watchman still topped the bestsellers’ chart for four weeks. The hype for this book also translated into boosted sales for To Kill a Mockingbird this year.
3. Grey, E. L. James
E.L. James has hit it off again this year with her new book - Grey. Part of the Fifty Shades series, this book retells the story from the male perspective. Having topped the NY Times chart for 4 weeks in a row, the book also accredited its author with the honour of being named as one of the top 10 authors of 2015 by Kobo. Grey has also occupied the 3rd position at Amazon UK in its list of most wished for Books of 2015.
4. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Amidst the multitude of war novels out there, All the Light We Cannot See left a mark because of its unique storytelling. Set in France during World War II, the novel let readers see the war through the eyes of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths eventually cross. A story of friendship, family and most importantly, light, in a world immersed in darkness and destruction, this book was exceptionally well-written.
5. The Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham
Released in October, the Rogue Lawyer by our favorite attorney/writer, John Grisham enjoyed its fair share of the spotlight with three weeks at the top of NY Times’ chart. The story revolves around Sebastian Rudd, a lawyer like few others who have graced the pages of a Grisham novel. Working solely by word of mouth, Rudd believes that everyone, no matter their history, personality, or mindset, deserves a lawyer and their day in court. While Grisham regulars claimed The Rogue Lawyer to be a sad disappointment compared to his previous work, readers new to his writing were blown away by the novel.
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah - Set in German-occupied France during WWII, like All the Light We Cannot See, the Nightingale follows two sisters as they struggle to survive and persevere through the Nazi invasion. With tremendous popular acclaim and a rating of 4.8 on Amazon, 4.53 on Goodreads, this book definitely left its mark.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, Stephen King - A master storyteller at his best, Stephen King, in this book delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Easy to guess, this book was Christmas in print for Stephen King fans. Rather than the stories themselves, the glimpse into the author’s thought process behind each of them was what got to readers.
The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton - This was one of those books that did not make it to the lists. This is one is one of my personal favorites for the year. The Miniaturist was magical to put it simply. Bordering between fantasy and historical fiction, the novel was a page turner for sure. Jessie Burton has been acknowledged as one of the top authors of 2015 for The Miniaturist by Kobo.
All these books together made 2015 a wonderful year for readers, leaving us with high expectations for 2016!