What We Read and Loved in 2015

We put together a list of Orem Library staff’s favorite releases from 2015 that are now a part of our collection. See what made our top five in each category below and then go check them out!

Picture Books:

  1. I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell:

Confusion abounds when a poorly-spoken donkey says to a grammarian yam, “I Yam a Donkey!” in this humorous introduction to the different tenses of the auxiliary verb “to be.”

  1. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
  2. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
  3. The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski
  4. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Beginner/Intermediate Books:

  1. The Three Little Pugs by Noah Jones

In the Land of Fake-Believe the Three Little Pugs’ used car business has sold Scaredy-Pants Wolf a lemon (literally) instead of a delivery van, so Princess Pink gets an opportunity to use her karate moves to get Wolf’s money back and set the Pugs on the straight and narrow path to business success.

  1. What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virján
  2. The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
  3. I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems
  4. The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series by Sophie Green

Junior Fiction:

  1. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge is an accident survivor wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games—or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?

  1. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
  2. The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
  3. Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage
  4. Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Junior Nonfiction:

  1. Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. “Count Victor Lustig,” moved to Paris hoping to be an artist—a con artist, that is. “Tricky Vic” used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, but his most daring con happened in 1925, when he managed to sell the Eiffel Tower to one of the city’s most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again.

  1. Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess
  2. Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker
  3. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip M. Hoose
  4. The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton

Teen Fiction:

  1. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

When she falls for a boy who moves to California without any warning, sixteen-year-old Eva and her best friend, Annie, set off on a road trip to the West Coast to see him again, confronting the complex truth about love along the way.

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

General Fiction:

  1. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

After she and a dozen other children find themselves being raised by “Father,” a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her “siblings” begin to think he might be God. When Father disappears, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which may hold the power to all Creation.

  1. Etta and Otto and Russel and James by Emma Hooper
  2. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  3. The Shattered Sea series #2 & #3 by Joe Abercrombie
  4. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

General Nonfiction:

  1. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

An astonishing exploration of the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, the book reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

  1. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller
  4. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson


  1. From Sleep by Max Richter

An 8-hour “lullaby for a frenetic world,” this ground-breaking new work scored for piano, strings, electronics, and vocals (but no words) is actually and genuinely intended to send the listener to sleep.

  1. Smoke and Mirrors by Imagine Dragons
  2. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + The Machine
  3. I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty
  4. Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda


  1. Inside Out

Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions—Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through the bumpy road of growing up.

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Poldark: The complete first season
  3. Song of the Sea
  4. Woman in Gold




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