Best Books of 2015

We've narrowed down the bumper crop of amazing 2015 titles down to CBC Books' absolute best of the year. From Canadian to international, poetry to fiction to memoir and more, here are the 75 books that gave us the most feels this year.


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A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson

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A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

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Asbestos Heights

David McGimpsey

Best2015
BestPoetry2015
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Covers2015
Gift2015
GiftPoetry2015
Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

Baileys2015
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Bee Time

Mark L. Winston

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GG2015
GG2015Winner
GGNonfiction2015
Gift2015
GiftScience2015
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Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Fall2015
Fall2015IntlNonfiction
Gift2015
GiftHot2015
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Birdie

Tracey Lindberg

Aboriginal2015
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Canada Reads
Covers2015
CR2016longlist
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Book of Sands

Karim Alrawi

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Bug in a Vacuum

Mélanie Watt

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GG2015
GGKidsIll2015

Chinkstar

Jon Chan Simpson

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Covers2015
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City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg

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Fall2015
Fall2015IntlFiction
Gift2015
GiftBuzz2015
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Winter2015

Close to Hugh

Marina Endicott

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Fiction
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SGP2015
SGP2015longlist

Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

Guy Vanderhaeghe

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GG2015
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GGFiction2015
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Daydreams of Angels

Heather O'Neill

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Fiction
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SGP2015
SGP2015longlist
SGP2015shortlist
ShortStories
Short Stories
Summer2015

Dear Leader

Damian Rogers

Best2015
BestPoetry2015
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Covers2015
Gift2015
GiftPoetry2015
Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

Don't Get Eaten By Anything

Dakota McFadzean

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Drawn & Quarterly

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DQ25
Gift2015
GiftComic2015
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Empire of Deception

Dean Jobb

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BestCNF2015
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Gift2015
GiftHistory2015
HWP2015
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WestonPrize

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Emma Hooper

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Fiction
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Summer2015

Fallen

Kara Stanley

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Memoir2015
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Summer2015

Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff

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Winter2015

Fifteen Dogs

André Alexis

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Father2015
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SGP2015
SGP2015longlist
SGP2015shortlist
SGP2015winner
Summer2015

Finding Winnie

Lindsay Mattick

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Gift2015
GiftTots2015

First Year Healthy

Michael Deforge

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BestComic2015
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Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

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BestINF2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015IntlNonfiction
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H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

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BestINF2015
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Gift2015
GiftNature2015
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Summer2015

Hotels of North America

Rick Moody

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I’ll Never Write My Memoirs

Grace Jones

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John le Carré: The Biography

Adam Sisman

Best2015
BestINF2015
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Winter2015

Kapusta

Erín Moure

Best2015
BestPoetry2015
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Gift2015
GiftPoetry2015
Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

Killing and Dying

Adrian Tomine

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Gift2015
GiftComic2015
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Letters to My Grandchildren

David Suzuki

Best2015
BestCNF2015
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Gift2015
GiftHot2015
GiftNature2015
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
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Suzuki80

Martin John

Anakana Schofield

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Fall2015
Fall2015Fiction
Fiction
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SGP2015
SGP2015longlist
SGP2015shortlist

Masterminds

Gordon Korman

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'Membering

Austin Clarke

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Fall2015
Fall2015Nonfiction
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Missoula

Jon Krakauer

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Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg

Best2015
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Gift2015
GiftPop2015
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Moonshot

edited by Hope Nicholson

Best2015
BestComic2015
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Gift2015
GiftComic2015
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My Shoes Are Killing Me

Robyn Sarah

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BestPoetry2015
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GG2015
GG2015Winner
GGPoetry2015

Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Tracy K. Smith

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Russian Olive to Red King

Kathryn Immonen & Stuart Immonen

Best2015
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Comics - Comics & graphic novels
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TCAF2015

Sabotage

Priscila Uppal

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BestPoetry2015
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Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

Scree

Fred Wah

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BestPoetry2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015Poetry
Poetry

Sixty

Ian Brown

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BestCNF2015
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Covers2015
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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson

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Gift2015
GiftHot2015
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Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson

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Speechless

Jennifer Mook-Sang

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Stalin's Daughter

Rosemary Sullivan

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Gift2015
GiftHistory2015
HWP2015
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WestonPrize

Step Aside, Pops

Kate Beaton

Best2015
BestComic2015
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Gift2015
GiftComic2015
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Strange Light Afar

Rui Umezawa

Best2015
BestKids2015
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Subway Stations of the Cross

Ins Choi & Guno Park

Best2015
BestComic2015
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Comics - Comics & graphic novels
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TCAF2015

SuperMutant Magic Academy

Jillian Tamaki

Best2015
BestComic2015
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Comics - Comics & graphic novels
Gift2015
GiftComic2015
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TCAF2015

Talking to the Diaspora

Lee Maracle

Best2015
BestPoetry2015
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Gift2015
GiftPoetry2015

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

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The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Gift2015
GiftBuzz2015
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The Evening Chorus

Helen Humphreys

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GG2015
GGFiction2015
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The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma

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The Good Little Book

Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Marion Arbona

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GG2015
GGKidsIll2015

The Hunter and the Wild Girl

Pauline Holdstock

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Fall2015
Fall2015Fiction
Fiction
Prioritypost
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The Illegal

Lawrence Hill

Best2015
BestCF2015
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Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
CR2016shortlist
Fall2015
Fall2015Fiction
Fiction
Gift2015
GiftBuzz2015
Lawrence Hill
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The Nest

Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen

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BestKids2015
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Gift2015
GiftTeens2015

The Outside Circle

Patti LaBoucane-Benson & Kelly Mellings

Aboriginal2015
Best2015
BestComic2015
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Canada Reads
Comics - Comics & graphic novels
CR2016longlist
Gift2015
GiftHot2015
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Summer2015
TCAF2015

The Reason You Walk

Wab Kinew

Best2015
BestCNF2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015Nonfiction
Gift2015
GiftHot2015
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Winter2015

The Right to Be Cold

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Aboriginal2015
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Gift2015
GiftHot2015
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The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out

Karen Solie

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Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

The Story of the Lost Child

Elena Ferrante

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The Truth Commission

Susan Juby

Best2015
BestKids2015
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Gift2015
GiftTeens2015
TNCKidsSummer2015

The Wrong Cat

Lorna Crozier

Best2015
BestPoetry2015
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Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

This Is Happy

Camilla Gibb

Best2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015Nonfiction
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Twenty-One Cardinals

Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins

Best2015
BestCF2015
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Covers2015
Fiction
GG2015
GG2015Winner
GGTranslation2015
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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie

Best2015
BestIF2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015IntlFiction
Gift2015
GiftBuzz2015
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Undermajordomo Minor

Patrick deWitt

Best2015
BestCF2015
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Covers2015
Fall2015
Fall2015Fiction
Fiction
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SGP2015
SGP2015longlist

Under the Visible Life

Kim Echlin

Best2015
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Fiction
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Summer2015

Un/Inhabited

Jordan Abel

Aboriginal2015
Best2015
BestPoetry2015
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Gift2015
GiftPoetry2015
Poetry
Poetry2015
PoetryMonth2015

We Are All Made of Molecules

Susin Nielsen

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GG2015
GGKidsText2015
Gift2015
GiftTeens2015
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