Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
The author of The Interestings made a winning entrée into YA with her captivating teen fantasy.
Hottest (and Most Controversial) Book of the Year
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
With her first book the Girls creator has reaped the same kinds of reactions she always gets: breathless praise, long-winded think pieces, and out-of-control Internet trolling.
Most Unusual Best-Seller
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Twenty years after it was first published, the real-life horror story about the Ebola virus rocketed back onto the charts.
Best Spy Book
The Good Spy by Kai Bird and A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre (Tie)
Espionage buffs had two great books to enjoy this year: Bird’s bio of CIA operative Robert Ames and Macintyre’s Kim Philby exposé.
Most Anxiously Awaited Sequel
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Fans went crazy for the eighth installment in the Outlander series.
Most Novel Premise for a Thriller
Season to Taste by Natalie Young
A British housewife kills her irritating husband—and then proceeds to butcher and eat him. Filet of leg, anyone?
Best First Lines
Tinseltown by William J. Mann
”This is the story of a murder, of a single soft-nosed bullet that traveled upward through a man’s rib cage, piercing his lung and lodging in his neck…”
Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke
”She woke up late that morning, and knew: Something had followed them home from Russia.”