100 Notable Books of 2015 (New York Times) includes books by Jonathan Franzen and Miranda July because it’s the New York Times.
The 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015 (Flavorwire): Sarah Gerard’s Binary Star, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, Percival Everett’s Half an Inch of Water and more.
The 10 Best Books of 2015 (Washington Post) agrees with above lists, touting Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron, and of course that Franzen guy.
Actually you know what? Just skip all that stare at a picture of Jonathan Franzen instead: