As it does each year, Amazon has announced its top books of the year in the lead up to Black Friday 2019. This time around, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments leads the way alongside a host of newcomers and established authors. 2019’s list departs a bit from previous years, as you’ll find the top 100 offerings and then various top 20 selections for each genre. If you’re a bookworm, or have someone on your shopping list who is, combing through Amazon’s Best Books of 2019 is a great way to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping and more. Hit the jump for additional details on today’s announcement, some of our top picks, and more.
Amazon announces the Best Books of 2019
Amazon puts a focus on reading every year in the lead up to Black Friday, and this time around we’re getting a bigger list of the best books than ever before. Sarah Gelman, Editorial Director at Amazon Books, offers a glimpse into the selection process.
“The Books Editorial team reads thousands of new releases every year, all with the goal of recommending the very best to our customers. This year there were so many great books from various genres. Our top 100 Best Books list includes books with clever satire, heartwarming memoirs and psychological thrillers. But as soon as we read it, it was clear that Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments was the book of the year.”
Topping the Best Books of 2019 list is Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. The follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale continues the story of dystopian Republic of Gilead. It has been a huge hit with Amazon customers to this point, collecting a 4.5/5 star rating. It’s also a #1 best-seller on the New York Times list.
This year’s top books at Amazon
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Praise be! After almost 35 years, Margaret Atwood released the sequel to her pioneering work of speculative fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is well worth the wait.
- The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead: Having earned a Pulitzer and a National Book Award with his last novel, The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead follows up with a story about two young black men sent to the infamous Nickel Academy in Florida.
- Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur: The subtitle seems to say it all: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me. And yet there is so much more to the story.
- Quichotte: A Novel by Salman Rushdie: An exquisite satire on the world we live in, Rushdie’s latest novel pays Cervantes a great, clever compliment with this deliciously funny Don Quixote for modern times.
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: Almost ten years after she wrote The Night Circus, Morgenstern offers readers a shape-shifting, time-bending, otherworldly adventure of storytelling.
- Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac: Super Pumped is a masterful and highly entertaining work of investigative journalism into the evolution of Uber and its maverick founder Travis Kalanick.
- City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert: It’s the 1940s, and the frivolous and fun-loving Vivian Morris arrives in New York with the goal of “becoming someone interesting”—and in short order she is, but for all the wrong reasons.
- They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker: George Takei’s vivid graphic memoir reveals the story of his family’s incarceration during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, beginning when Takei was only five years old.
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: In this psychological thriller, a couple seems to have it all until the wife is convicted of shooting her husband in the face.
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb: What happens when a celebrated psychotherapist finds herself on the other side of the couch?
You’ll also want to make sure that you check out the genre lists on this landing page for additional top book guides. There’s a lot to comb through on the latest Best Books of 2019 list at Amazon, so be sure to take your time. We fully expect Amazon to offer a $5 off books over $20 coupon again this year for Black Friday, which is something to keep in mind as you plan out your shopping later this month.
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