The best books of 2015

The best books of 2015

Our well-read staff have hand-picked the best books of 2015.

Did your favourite book make it onto the list?


little-life.jpg1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

"An emotionally-charged and often traumatic novel that is sure to shock you. Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster, the likes of which I have never before experienced from a book. It's my must-read title of 2015." -- Ali, Fiction Category Manager

"This book is not for the faint of heart. Complex, heart-breaking, and unbearably sad, it is a book for those who love the written word and its power to transport us into other people's lives and to kick-start our emotional responses. It's an experience not to be missed, because it is unlike any novel I have ever read and the depth of your emotion when reading this book may take you by surprise." -- Sophie, Head of Merchanside and Marketing

hp.jpg2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

"Revisiting one of my favourite childhood books took on a whole new meaning in 2015 with the release of Jim Kay's beautiful Philosopher's Stone illustrations. This exquisite book will bring the magic of Harry Potter to a new generation, while reimagining the story for returning readers." -- Tonile, Digital and Community Coordinator

sugarbk.jpg3. That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau

"This incredible book, full of hard-hitting information, made me think about all the sugar in the supposedly 'healthy' food options that are on the market. It also made me seriously question my love for soft drinks." -- Imogen, Merchandise Assistant

natural-way.jpg4. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

"Charlotte Wood's novel is a captivating literary analysis of the timely and highly topical subject of female victim blaming. This is one book that will stay with me for years to come!" -- Ruth, Children's Category Manager

losto.jpg5. Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

"It's very easy to be cynical about the momentum of colouring-in books, but slap a mermaid on it and I'll most likely buy it. This one is full of super cute illustrations, even if I only ever finish one page." -- Claire, Assistant Buyer

sf.jpg6. Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

"This is my new favourite cookbook! The recipes are simple, fresh, healthy, and, most importantly, delicious. Jamie helps make healthy lifestyle changes incredibly easy to implement." -- Sharyn, Senior Category Manager

9781447229797.jpg7. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

"This book is terrifying. Like, absolutely-scare-you-off-Twitter-forever kind of scary, and it should be read by anyone with social media access. Mum was right when she said 'If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all', but she should have added 'or you run the risk of being outed online and shamed for eternity'." -- Rhys, Digital Manager

the-day-the-crayons.jpg8. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

"The follow-up to the one of the most popular picture books in recent years may be just a tiny bit funnier than the first book. The crayons come home in spectacular fashion, and this book is a perfect read-aloud adventure for the whole family to enjoy." -- Sue, PR Manager

rush-oh.jpg9. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

"One of the best delights a book can give a reader is the surprise of  being unexpectedly brilliant, and Shirley Barrett's novel truly surprised and delighted me. Easily my favourite Australian novel of 2015." -- Tonile, Digital and Community Coordinator

illum.jpg10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

"Illuminae had me riveted from the first page. The characters were completely engaging and the action didn't slow from start to finish. I can't wait for book 2!" -- Ruth, Children's Category Manager

11. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

12. Useful by Debra Oswald

13. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

14. Purity by Jonathan Franzen

15. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

16. My Fight Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

17. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry

18. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

19. After You by Jojo Moyes

20. The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Click here to see the full list of our Best Books of 2015.

Posted by Dymocks Digital Team on 01/12/2015

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