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14 Of The Most Buzzed-About Books Of 2015

(So far.)

Goodreads recently let BuzzFeed know which books, according to its users, have been the "It" titles of the year thus far.

Below are the books that have been highest-rated by users, and that are also getting added to tons of "Want to Read" lists.


1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


Yanagihara's novel follows a friendship over decades — four college classmates move from Massachusetts to New York, and their relationships change and grow as they live through heartbreak, ambition, addiction, and professional success. But it's one member of the group, the magnetic litigator Jude, whose troubled childhood keeps rearing its head.

2. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

Grand Central Publishing

Christopher Scotton gives us the coming-of-age tale of 14-year-old Kevin, who spends a summer in Kentucky with his mother after witnessing the tragic death of his brother. He ends up befriending a local boy named Buzzy who teaches him how to survive in this rundown Appalachian town as it's threatened by a powerful company looking to plunder it.


3. Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

Spiegel & Grau

Jill Leovy looks at the alarming rate of homicide in South Los Angeles— especially of black men — by focusing specifically on Bryant Tennelle's murder in 2007. The fast-paced narrative follows Detective John Skaggs and his team, as they work with the community, seeking justice for Tennelle and safety for the city.

4. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson


Erik Larson tells the gripping and heartbreaking story of the Lusitania — the luxury ocean liner that was attacked by a German U-boat during World War I — and the passengers who sank with it. It's a thorough look at the changing rules of war and the danger of hubris, and an intimate examination of one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.


5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Mare Barrow is a 17-year-old girl whose burgeoning magical powers are turning this common and poor girl into a person of great interest to the kingdom. But as she's brought into this elite world of the Silvers, she is still pulled toward the Red rebellion, and has to face a dangerous decision.

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are high school students who seemingly have nothing in common — Finch is a depressive and misunderstood outcast; Violet is an outgoing, but secretly troubled, popular girl. But when they find themselves in similarly desperate situations, standing at the top of their school's bell tower, their unlikely friendship is formed and grows into a rollercoaster of a romance.


7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Paula Hawkins' debut psychological thriller follows Rachel, a woman nearing rock bottom. She rides the commuter train to London every day so no one knows she lost her job, she's a barely functioning alcoholic, and she is still pining for her cheating ex-husband. When she finds herself invested in the story of a missing local woman, she starts unraveling a chain of dangerous secrets — but no one will believe her.

8. The Stranger by Harlan Coben


Harlan Coben's enigmatic Stranger knows devastating secrets and comes out of nowhere to share them, and when he encounters Adam Price — a successful, married family man — his information threatens to shatter Price's perfect American dream.


9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Tor Books

Kell is one of the rare, and dying out, magicians who chooses to explore a parallel universe — his London is the Red London, where he acts as ambassador and Prince. But when he starts a side business smuggling visitors into worlds beyond their reach, he ends up wanted for treason and on the lam.

10. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

William Morrow & Company

Gaiman's latest collection of short fiction includes stories about the paranormal, ghosts and fairies, the mysterious, the fantastic, and the horrific — and even a story about Doctor Who.


11. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

St. Martin's Press

In France of 1939, Vianne Mauriac sends her husband off to war. When the Nazis invade her village, and quickly her house, she has to figure out how best to live and keep her and her child out of danger. Meanwhile, her young sister, recently brokenhearted, heads willingly into danger when she joins the Resistance.

12. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran


Michelle Moran looks at India during the British invasion of the 1850s, and specifically at Queen Lakshmi's all-female resistance in the Kingdom of Jhansi. The story focuses on Sita, one of Lakshmi's guards, who witnesses the fearless heroism of a woman who refuses to cede her power.


13. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Hoover Ink

Silas and Charlie are lifelong friends and high school sweethearts who wake up one morning with no memory of who they are or what their lives are. Never Never is the wild and suspenseful tale, told from both points of view, of them piecing their stories back together.

14. The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy

Hannah Wells agrees to tutor the captain of the hockey team in exchange for a date — which she's hoping will get the attention of the guy she's really after. But the more time they spend together, the more that hockey captain realizes he might want the date to be mean something more.