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2015 Stand-outs

Announcing the 2015 Sonderbooks Stand-outs! Out of the hundreds of books I read in 2015, these are my personal favorites, the ones that still stand out in my mind after a year of reading. I ranked them according to how much I love them, which feels somehow wrong, but rest assured that I love all of these books.

Nonfiction: Personal Stories
Hope and Other Luxuries
  1. Hope and Other Luxuries
    by Clare Dunkle
  2. Furiously Happy
    by Jenny Lawson
  3. Searching for Sunday
    by Rachel Held Evans
  4. As You Wish
    by Cary Elwes
  5. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
    by Felicia Day

Deeper Dating
  1. Deeper Dating
    by Ken Page
  2. Wearing God
    by Lauren Winner
  3. Did God Kill Jesus?
    by Tony Jones
  4. Loveability
    by Robert Holden
  5. Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life
    by Harold S. Kushner
  6. The Book of Forgiving
    by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu
  7. Waking the Dead
    by John Eldredge

Children's Nonfiction
Really Big Numbers
  1. Really Big Numbers
    by Richard Evan Schwartz
  2. I See a Pattern Here
    by Bruce Goldstone
  3. Stories of my Life
    by Katherine Paterson
  4. El Deafo
    by Cece Bell
  5. 8: An Animal Alphabet
    by Elisha Cooper
  6. I, Fly
    by Bridget Heos
    illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
  7. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
    by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
    illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Dreamer's Pool
  1. Dreamer's Pool
    by Juliet Marillier
  2. The Martian
    by Andy Weir
  3. The Coincidence of Chocolate Cake
    by Amy E. Reichert
  4. Uprooted
    by Naomi Novik
  5. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
    by Sydney Padua
  6. Tower of Thorns
    by Juliet Marillier
  7. The Girl on the Train
    by Paula Hawkins

Children's Fiction
The Hollow Boy
  1. The Hollow Boy
    by Jonathan Stroud
  2. Gone Crazy in Alabama
    by Rita Williams-Garcia
  3. Jinx's Fire
    by Sage Blackwood
  4. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
    by Kelly Jones
  5. Five, Six, Seven, Nate!
    by Tim Federle
  6. Crenshaw
    by Katherine Applegate
  7. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
    by Julie Berry
  8. The Sleeper and the Spindle
    by Neil Gaiman
    illustrated by Chris Riddell
  9. Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny
    by John Himmelman
  10. Goodbye Stranger
    by Rebecca Stead

Teen Fiction
  1. Rook
    by Sharon Cameron
  2. Black Dove, White Raven
    by Elizabeth Wein
  3. The Story of Owen
    by E. K. Johnston
  4. Prairie Fire
    by E. K. Johnston
  5. Belzhar
    by Meg Wolitzer

Madame Martine
  1. Madame Martine
    by Sarah S. Brannen
  2. A Fine Dessert
    by Emily Jenkins
    illustrated by Sophie Blackall
  3. Troll and the Oliver
    by Adam Stower
  4. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise
    by Sean Taylor
    illustrated by Jean Julien
  5. Meet the Dullards
    by Sara Pennypacker
    illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
  6. The Farmer and the Clown
    by Marla Frazee
  7. Ballet Cat and the Totally Secret Secret
    by Bob Shea
  8. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
    by Mac Barnett
    illustrated by Jon Klassen
  9. A Library Book for Bear
    by Bonny Becker
    illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
  10. Edgar's Second Word
    by Audrey Vernick
    illustrated by Priscilla Burris
  11. Blizzard
    by John Rocco
  12. One Word from Sophia
    by Jim Averbeck
    illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail