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Best of the Year

It's here! Our annual Best of the Year list is back; and what a year it was. We've been swept away by Nora Roberts, challenged by Ta-Nehisi Coates and enlightened by Jenny Lawson. See which books rose to the top.

Best Fiction of the Year

Did You Ever Have A Family

Bill Clegg

Of all the books I've read this year, Bill Clegg's characters have stayed with me the longest. Each chapter mysteriously pieces together a single tragic event. It is told from the different points of view of a cast of flawed, but resonating characters that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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Romance

Stars of Fortune

Nora Roberts

The staff at Kobo have been buzzing about Nora Robert's recent, masterly crafted book. It is an engaging story with friendship, romance, elements of fantasy and mythology, and a classic fight between good and evil.

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Mystery & Thriller

The Marauders

Tom Cooper

An excellent debut novel for anyone who loves a good laugh and an intriguing crime mystery. It has a beautifully noir flavor, a fast-paced plot, and heart-wrenching themes.

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Young Adult

We Are All Made of Molecules

Susin Nielsen

A perfect book club read, with a powerful and thought-provoking message that everyone will be talking about. Nielsen tackles heavy issues like bullying, sexuality, and death, with a good dose of heart and cheeky humor.

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Best Nonfiction of the Year

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson

This is a very important and compelling book for anyone who uses the internet or social media. Ronson's insights on public shaming and the way compassion can be lost to an online mob mentality are fascinating and full of gripping stories of real people.

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Bio & Memoir

Between The World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Written in the form of a deeply personal letter from a father to a son about coming to terms with racism in the world today, this book remains honest and provoking throughout. It is a powerful memoir of Coates' childhood and early days as a writer, revealing the underlining ways in which race affected these events.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

Gold Fame Citrus

Claire Vaye Watkins

Set in a future that feels too close for comfort, Claire Vaye Watkins imagines a dystopian California eradicated by drought. The imagery and themes of environmental destruction are utterly bewitching, cruelly vivid, and left us simultaneously hopeful and terrified. This book is brilliant and packed with ideas.

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Most Buzzed About Books of 2015

Troublemaker

Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley

One of the most satisfying non-fiction books of the year, this entertaining page-turner follows Leah Remini's journey into, and eventually out of, The Church of Scientology. Shocking and hilarious, Troublemaker manages to deliver blows against Scientology and its key players on almost every page.

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Children's

Close to the wind

Jon Walter

This is a beautifully written story of hope, sacrifice and family, told through the eyes of a migrant boy on his journey to a new life. Never timelier, families around the world should read this together to understand what it is really like to leave everything and everyone you know behind, simply to stay alive.

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Dazzling Debuts

City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg

A staff favorite at Kobo and astonishing debut novel, City on Fire connects the varied stories of punks, bankers, cops, writers and teens in 1970s New York City. The themes of love and betrayal are unforgettable and the dream-like quality of the writing will completely hook you. Hallberg is one to watch.

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