Book Blogger Top Picks 2015 – Semifinal Voting


A big thank you to everyone who submitted responses in the first round of open voting for Book Blogger Top Picks 2015! It’s been really exciting to see how the semifinalists turned out. There are definitely books that parallel the Goodreads Choice Awards, but also some great titles that many of us really championed throughout the year.

Voting for the semifinals will be open through November 23rd, when each category will be narrowed down to three for final voting. If you can, please spread the word to other bloggers so we can hear as many voices as possible!

Voting is closed, but you can see the winners!


Literary Fiction

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Shore by Sara Taylor

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara



The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson


Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips


YA Fiction

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon


YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma



The Song of David by Amy Harmon

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner



Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Dead Ladies Project by Jessa Crispin

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson


Graphic Novel/Trade Comic

Thor, Vol: 1 by Jason Aaron

March: Book Two by John Lewis

Saga, Volume Five by Brian K. Vaughn

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Middle Grade/Children’s

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

George by Alex Gino

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


Historical Fiction

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart



  • So…I think I change my literary fiction vote every time…in both your poll and the Goodreads poll. Spreading the love between my 3 favorites!

    • The literary fiction category is REALLY good. This hasn’t been the best year all around for me, but there were a few amazing books that kind of circle right around each other and they’re all right there in that group.

  • Pingback: Links I Loved Last Week: A Round-Up of Online Reading 11/15/15 | the dirigible plum()

  • Tina Says

    My list just got longer! I’ve heard of all of them, but of course, have only read about half. Have you read all of these? Recommendations?

    • Oh, I definitely haven’t read all of them! I’ve read most in a few categories (literary fiction, nonfiction) and they’re all great, but there were a couple categories I had to skip over all together.

  • A lot of these books are still on my TBR ^^; I’m not so great at keeping up with new releases. Maybe I’ll have to make that a goal for next year… Glad to see The Nest has made it through, though!

  • I’ve read…one. I swear, every year I just get more and more behind on all the great reading!

  • Pingback: Book Blogger Top Picks 2015 - Open Voting()

  • Marie-Ségolène Charles

    I am THRILLED to see Indie Author Suanne Laqueur among the semi-finalists. She is an incredibly talented writer and this 2nd book of the “Fish Tales” is truly something special. On behalf of her readers, I thank the bloggers, for giving her this recognition.

    • So glad to hear there’s an author you love on the list – it’s always great to see one of your favorites get the attention they deserve.

  • Bia MK

    Hi. I just wanted to say that your blog is stunning (you’re probably tired of hearing it). Great list of semi-finalists. I’ve read some in the literary fiction, YA, romance. I am so pleasantly surprised to see one of my favourite books of the year, Give Me Your Answers True, mentioned, although I keep arguing that it belongs in the literary fiction, as it’s not your run-of-the-mill romance novel (no disrespect intended). I’ll add your blog to my blog reader. Greetings.

    • Thank you! There were quite a few books that bloggers placed in different categories, so I decided to put them in the category with the most votes. Probably not the most scientific way to go about things, but it seems to be working okay so far ;)

      • Bia MK

        You put it in the right category, given the options, I’m just being fastidious (don’t mind me). I hope you get around to reading it, I’d love to know what you think of it.

        Unfortunately, A Little Life, was one of the most hyped novels of year and, for me, the most disappointing one.

        Anyway, love your blog; it’s refreshing to come along a blog that talks about “serious books” without looking dowdy. Greetings from Down Under.

  • This is so much fun, Shannon; thanks for creating the poll and I hope I’m voting for the same people this time, but some of these are TOUGH choices – ha!

  • I’m waffling again after reading Fates but will vote nonetheless. Can’t wait for your discussion about it! I have a lot to say! :)

  • I’m so out of it that even though we chat almost every day I completely forgot you were doing this :)

  • I haven’t read a single one of these but so many on my TBR and Kindle already!

  • Pingback: Book Blogger Top Picks - Winners - River City Reading()