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Best of 2015: The Books

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Best Concept: goes to The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick for being mind blowingly brilliant.

Best Picture BookThe Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi was my favourite picture book of the year and is both whimsical and gorgeously illustrated.

Best Graphic Novel:  Bluffton by Matt Phelan who is a master of the form. Bluffton showcases his stunning watercolours and sharp storytelling.

Best End to a Series: Though I was sad it ended, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell brought the How to Train Your Dragon series to a perfecting conclusion.

Best Start to a Series: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is twisty, action packed and just all around awesome. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Best Adult: This one was easy (and not only because I didn’t read that many adult books this year) but Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is extremely thought provoking and extraordinarily well written.

Best Middle Grade: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge  is a unique and captivating novel that proves middle grade isn’t just for children. It’s layered and complex and dark, and so so good.

Best Young Adult: I fell in love with Seraphina and it’s sequel Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman this year. They are both brilliant fantasy novels; replete with strong characters, fantastic world building, lyrical writing and so much heart.

Best Overall: The Marvels by Brian Selznick is easily the best book I read in 2015. It is a work of art, an innovate approach towards story telling and ultimately a powerful and moving novel.

 

What made your ‘best of 2015’ lists? I’d love to know!

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