Amazon announced its selections for the Best Books of the Year So Far, naming Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel City of Girls the top pick overall. Over the course of the year, the Amazon Books editorial team reads hundreds of thousands of pages of new releases to select the Best Books of the Month as well as the Best Books of the Year So Far and, at the end of the year, the Best Books of the Year. The annual list features the Top 20 books of the year, published between January and June 2019, as well as top picks across various categories, including literary fiction, mystery and thriller, biography, children’s, and young adult. To explore the full list visit: www.amazon.com/bestbookssofar.
1. City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead Books): 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). The latest novel by the author of Eat, Pray, Love is bawdy, big-hearted, and wise.
2.The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books): While we’re only halfway through the year, this debut thriller with the twistiest of endings may be the thriller of 2019.
3.Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene (Knopf): In the face of unimaginable tragedy, they say the only way out is through. That’s exactly what Greene learns when his daughter dies from a freak accident. This emotional memoir shines a beacon of light in the darkest of places.
4.Mrs. Everything: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner (Atria Books): Sweeping in its personal and political scope, this tale of two sisters is a multi-layered and very moving story for the #MeToo era, one that traces how far women have come, and how far we have yet to go. Weiner’s most ambitious novel yet.
5.The Night Tiger: A Novel by Yangsze Choo (Flatiron Books): Supple and powerful, like the predator that stalks the shadows of Choo’s ensnaring tale, this historical novel set in 1930s Malaysia swirls around a strong-minded apprentice dressmaker and a young houseboy whose destinies collide as they both search for a very unlucky mummified human finger.