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Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

The Book Riot crew revealed our Best Books of 2015 last week–it’s an awesome, eclectic list, and we hope you’ll take a look if you haven’t seen it already–and now it’s time to reveal the community favorites!

749 intrepid Riot readers took the poll we opened last week. Each nominated up to three of their favorite reads of the year, resulting in 629 (!) unique titles making the raw list. That’s a LOT of awesome books in one year. Here are the top 20. See the complete list of nominated titles here.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Winter by Marissa Meyer

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

These results overlap with and differ from the Riot crew’s list in interesting ways, and I want to know, readers: any surprises? Did your favorites make the final cut?