Artwork by Ali Haigh

I have many discerning book reading friends, I recently discovered.

When I tried googling best books of 2015, and 2015, I found myself uninspired and confused. Then I decided to ask my friends. I threw a line out on Facebook.

I asked my friends, ‘Any recommendations for well-written, can’t-put-down reads….your personal favourites?’

Remarkably, I received more than 70 suggestions from almost as many people.

What am I supposed to do with this sort of cornucopia? Obviously, share it in a post.

So, here is the list–some from yesteryear, others hot off the press. Some I’ve read, and some I’m not likely too. But way more than enough that appeal to me, and that I will indubitably enjoy.

I have to say that I was a bit lazy in copying the books across from my FB post. As you can see, I haven’t included the authors’ names. I’m assuming you can look them up and probably will want to read a review before you purchase.

What did I choose for my next treat? A digital book titled HHHH; it has humour, history, biography, and plenty of asides from the author.

I also selected an audio book from the list for our long drives–A Little Life. It’s a book that was high on quite a few of your faves list.

Maus
A Little Life
Big Little Lies
The Goldfinch
All the Light We Cannot See
Year of Wonders
Cloud Street
Dirt Music
Anything by Barbara Kingsolver i.e.
Prodigal Summer, or The Poisonwood Bible
The Luminaries
Jane Austen
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Reckoning
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
Wolf Hall
Bring Up the Bodies
The Neopolitan Diaries
Stoner
Ransom
Blindness
Handmaid’s Tale
House of Grief
Revolutionary Road
Sula
Annie Proux i.e. The Shipping News
A Fortunate Life
That Old Ace in the Hole
Signature of All Things
White Oleander
Rohiton Mistry
A Fine Balance
The Last Runaway
Remarkable Creatures
The Birth of Venus
Liane Moriety
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel
The Tea Rose series
Everywhere I Look
Island Home
The Penopleiad
All That I Am
The Outlander
The Martian
Bone Clocks
Jasper Jones
Cloud Atlas
14
The Aviator’s Wife
The Paris Wife
Black Emu
Poor Fellow My Country
Just Kids
Breathing Under Water
No Great Mischief
Arctic Summer
HHhH
The Natural Way of Things
Burial Rites
Fugitive Pieces
The Glass Room
Fates and Furies
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Foreign Soil
The Light Between Oceans
The Bricks That Built the House
The Magicians’s Way
Brother Fish
The Story of Danny Dunn
The First Bad Man
Jessica
Back from the Brink
Ringing Cedars series
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
the Witch of Portabello