Amazon has just announced its selections for the Best Books of the Year So Far, naming Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel City of Girls the top pick overall.
Every June Amazon is announcing a list of the Best Books of the Year So Far. It’s a fantastic way to add new titles to your summer book wishlist.
The 2019 results have just been announced! Carefully selected by the Amazon Books editorial team, new releases (published between January and June this year) are divided into twelve categories, including literary fiction, mystery and thriller, children’s books and young adult, in addition to the Top 20 Books of the Year list which comprises of the best of the best in all genres.
Sarah Gelman, Editorial Director at Amazon Books, said:
We’ve read so many great books this year – a heart-wrenching memoir of loss, an intoxicating novel of a ’70s rock band, a psychological thriller worthy of Agatha Christie comparisons, and so much more. But one book stood out for us, Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls. It has so many elements that make reading fun – the sparkle of youth, indiscretions, sassy characters, and freedom in a city that doesn’t sleep – perfect summer reading in our book.
Read on to find out the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far for some fresh summer book inspirations.
Best book of 2019 so far, according to Amazon
City of Girls
Bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, returns with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s.
In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse.
There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager.
Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret, City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.
Amazon best books of 2019 so far – Top 10
Explore the top 10 picks for the Best Book of the Year So Far, together with short book blurbs and links to Kindle editions.
1. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
What is it like: Juicy, delicious and witty.
Bawdy, wise and set in 1940s New York City, this addictive story is told from the perspective of an older woman as she reflects on her youth with both pleasure and regret. Sassy but warm, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
What is it like: Virtually unputdownable, mind blowing and full of twists.
A prime example of a well-written page-turner thriller.
3. Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene
What is it like: Heartbreaking, transcendent and cleansing.
An emotional memoir that shines a beacon of light in the darkest of places.
4. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
What is it like: Political, empowering and multi-layered.A masterfully drawn warm hug to all the women out there.
5. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
What is it like: Folkloric, magical and mysterious.
Masterfully woven with Malaysian folklore and magical realism, The Night Tiger leaves you completely awestruck.
6. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
What is it like: Intoxicating, captivating and a true gem for audiobook lovers.
Presented as a series of interviews with a fictional 1960s band, this novel will make you double check if Daisy Jones & The Six really existed. Best listened to as an audiobook.
7. Underland by Robert Macfarlane
What is it like: One-of-a-kind, thought-provoking and marvelously written.
Probably Robert Macfarlane’s best book to date, Underland: A Deep Time Journey takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet.
8. The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams
What it is like: Deeply personal, intense and honest.
Heartbreaking doesn’t begin to describe how big of an impact this book leaves on the reader.
9. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
What it is like: Delicious and nutritious – a true delight for foodies.
Save Me the Plums is the literary equivalent of well-made comfort food.
10. Cari Mora by Thomas Harris
What it is like: A cinematic, suspenseful nail-biter.
The creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs does not disappoint with this spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat ride.
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