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18 best selling Kindle books of 2019 in fiction and nonfiction

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Best Kindle books of 2019 - fiction and nonfiction

The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler is the best Kindle book of 2019 so far. The best nonfiction title is Tara Westover’s memoir Educated.

Isn’t it the highest time to add books to your summer reading list? There are still a few weeks, but it’s always good to spend some time to pick up the titles you will be excited to read during your summer holidays.

Which is your favorite way to discover new and interesting titles? I bet the auto-generated lists based on your browsing history on Amazon are far below your expectations.

If you like to take into consideration what other Kindle users like – and how they vote with their wallets – you are probably tracking book bestseller lists quite often.

If you are a Kindle user, you should start with checking out the list of Top 100 Kindle Best Sellers of 2019. The list is being updated daily and is based on total sales Kindle books enjoy since January. It includes books read using popular Amazon subscriptions: Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

This handy overview is based on data collected on June 15 and includes the best titles grouped into two major categories: fiction and nonfiction.

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Best Kindle books of 2019 so far – highlights

  • The best selling Kindle book of 2019 overall is Barry Eisler’s fast-paced assassination thriller The Killer Collective.
  • The best nonfiction book among Top 100 Kindle bestsellers of 2019 is Educated by Tara Westover, ranked at #16.
  • Only eight nonfiction books are included in the list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers of 2019
  • 75 books from the Top 100 are included in Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription.
  • The best book on the Top 100 list that’s not included in Kindle Unlimited is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, taking the second position.
  • For the first time, children’s Kindle books have entered the Top 100 list, thanks to the growing popularity of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription.
  • The best children’s book in the Top 100 is Incredibles, The Disney Storybook Ebook, ranked at #12.

You can read Kindle books not only on Kindle e-readers or Amazon Fire tablets but also using Kindle apps for iPad/iPhone, Android devices, and desktop computers. These apps and devices will allow you to manage Kindle Unlimited books, as well.

Best Kindle books of 2019 – fiction

Top 10 best Kindle books of 2019 on fiction - based on annual Amazon bestseller list

1. The Killer Collective

Best Kindle books 2019 - The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler

In this fast-paced thriller, sex crimes detective Livia Lone, assassin John Rain, and former Marine sniper Dox form an unlikely team, determined to unveil one government conspiracy after another.

Facing uncertain loyalties and conflicting agendas, smoldering romantic entanglements, and brutal betrayals, the group edges closer and closer to the once untouchable big fish of the US government.

This gripping read has been leading the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestseller charts for a reason.

Genre: Assassination Thrillers
Length: 401 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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2. Where the Crawdads Sing

Best Kindle books 2019 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the Marsh Girl have echoed the quiet Barkley Cove. So when in 1969 a man is found dead, the locals are quick to suspect that Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl, might be responsible.

But Kya is nothing like the gossip – sensitive and yearning for acceptance, she finally gains the courage to open herself up to a new life… Until the unthinkable happens.

This beautiful but painful coming-of-age story teaches us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were.

Genre: Women’s Literary Fiction
Length: 379 pages
Kindle Unlimited: No

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3. Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah - best books for Kindle to get in 2019

Glendy Vanderah

After a series of painfully unfortunate events, Joanna Teale is determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her, burying herself in work from dusk till dawn.

But when a barefoot child appears out of nowhere at her front porch, Joanna is forced to get out of her meticulously created comfort zone. Together with her reclusive neighbor Gabriel Nash, the duo is committed to solving the mystery of the charming Ursa.

In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers to let their walls down and love again.

Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction
Length: 328 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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4. The Forgotten Hours

The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann - one of the best Kindle books of 2019

Katrin Schumann

Slowly falling in love with a charming artist and having found a great job in New York City, Katie Gregory’s life is everything one dreams of at twenty-four. But as her father’s jail release comes closer and closer, she is forced to open a part of herself that she left buried deep for almost a decade.

In this evocative debut novel and a Washington Post bestseller, Schumann explores the often hurtful relationship between the past and the present, speaks to questions of sexual abuse, and finally – shows how love can lead us astray.

Genre: Coming of Age Fiction
Length: 350 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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5. The Snow Gypsy

The Snow Gypsy – Lindsay Jayne Ashford

Lindsay Jayne Ashford

London. World War II is ending, but Rose Daniel is not at peace. Eight years ago her brother disappeared, leaving only two clues to his whereabouts.

Spain. It has been eight years since Lola’s family was brutally massacred. Eight years since she rescued a newborn girl from the arms of her dying mother.

When the lives of the two women become intertwined, one is determined to uncover the past – and the other to escape it.

From the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express, this book is a must-have on the bookshelf of a historical fiction lover. With its riveting complexity, genuine characters and slight tension that hums along, keeping you wondering what’s going to happen next, The Snow Gypsy rightfully earns its place at the top of this list.

Genre: World War II Historical Fiction
Length: 329 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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6. Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie Book 1)

Best Kindle books to read in 2019 - Blood for Blood by Victoria Selman

Victoria Selman

A serial killer. A criminal profiler. A potentially deadly cat and mouse game.

When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer, it is slowly becoming clear that the London Lacerator is back after a twenty-five year long hiatus. Ziba MacKenzie has to work fast to try and uncover his identity.

But as she’s profiling him, turns out he is profiling her too. The question is: Who will get to the other one first?

Genre: Serial Killer Thrillers
Length: 339 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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7. The Rescue (Ryan Decker Book 1)

Steven Konkoly - The Rescue - one of the best 2019 books for Kindle

Steven Konkoly

Former CIA operative-turned-mercenary for hire Ryan Decker never anticipated a mission going so disastrously wrong. Not only did he fail to liberate an influential senator’s daughter from a human-trafficking ring; the team and their families are now completely wiped out, and the hostage is dead.

Driven by revenge and fueled by an obsession to clear his name, Decker has his eyes on only one goal: to destroy the growing conspiracy before it’s too late.

This heart-pumping thriller by USA Today bestselling author Steven Konkoly is an essential read for fans of Tom Clancy and Lee Child.

Genre: Terrorism Thrillers
Length: 390 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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8. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Kindle best sellers 2019 - The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

Kelly Harms

When her husband offers to take care of the kids for the summer, worn out and belittled single mom Amy Byler decides to escape rural Pennsylvania for the thrilling New York City.

Usually calm and composed, Amy finally sets free and discovers a whole new electric world of culture, sophistication, and even a few blind dates. But as summer is coming to an end, Amy is forced to get back to Earth and make a difficult decision: stay in this exhilarating new chapter of her life, or return to the dull one she left behind.

Praised for coming up with an unlikely but endearing heroine that can (and will!) make you laugh out loud, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is relatable, captivating, and full of bookish nods guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Genre: Humorous Fiction
Length: 328 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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9. Cold Waters (Normal, Alabama Book 1)

Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert - Kindle best sellers of 2019 in fiction

Debbie Herbert

Her entire hometown believed the fourteen-year-old Violet is a murderer after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend Ashley, and she has been imprisoned in a psychiatric ward ever since.

But now, after more than a decade, she returns, still haunted by accusations from that night eleven years ago. Attempting to recall the tragic events and get to the bottom of the truth, she struggles to keep her sanity.

Will Violet manage to recollect what actually happened that night, or will madness devour her instead?

This well-written psychological mystery strikes with complexity masterfully characterized vile characters and a piercing chill that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

Genre: Domestic Thrillers
Length: 326 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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10. Thin Air (Jessica Shaw Book 1)

Thin Air by Lisa Gray - Best selling fiction for Kindle in 2019

Lisa Gray

Private investigator receives anonymous tips all the time.

After getting a photo of a three-year-old kidnapped twenty-five years ago, her whole existence is put to question as she recognizes the little girl as… herself.

This Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller, woven with clever twists and unexpected cliffhangers, is undoubtedly a nail biter.

Genre: Private Investigator Mysteries
Length: 284 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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Best Kindle books of 2019 – nonfiction

Top best Kindle books of 2019 in nonfiction

1. Educated: A Memoir

Best nonfiction Kindle books of 2019 - Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover

Unanimously voted one of the best books this year by all major magazines – The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian, Refinery29, Bustle, you name it – this unforgettable memoir tells a story of a young girl who, kept out of school by her survivalist family, decides to leave and start a life on her own – a decision that will later earn her a Ph.D. from the prestigious Cambridge University.

This monumentally powerful and impossible to put down a masterpiece is an absolute must-read for anyone, anywhere.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs of Women
Length: 336 pages
Kindle Unlimited: No

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2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey - nonfiction 2019 best sellers for Kindle

Stephen R. Covey

If this book was to be described in one word, it would be transformative. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and students, millions – regardless of age or occupation. And it can transform you.

Convey’s book remains one of the best-selling nonfiction business books that enrich without leaving you confused.

So what is one of the habits of highly effective people? Definitely owning this book.

Genre: Business Leadership
Length: 372 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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3. Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption

Best Kindle books of 2019 in nonfiction - Rock Needs River by Vanessa McGrady

Vanessa McGrady

From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home.

After Vanessa McGrady finally adopts a sweet baby Grace, she is over the moon. Then, when Grace’s biological parents become homeless, she makes a rather unusual decision: she invites them to stay too.

Genre: Adoption
Length: 185 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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4. Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama - one of the best Kindle nonfiction books of 2019 so far

Michelle Obama

A remarkable story of a remarkable woman, this memoir prides itself exactly on what its author, former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, personifies – warmth, wit and, above all, a great deal of wisdom.

Written in a readable, intimate, but most importantly honest way, Becomingis a deeply personal account of a woman who has defied expectations time and time again.

One thing’s for sure – this book will leave you motivated and inspired to make some big changes to your life. Who knows, maybe it’ll help you become First Lady of the US too.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs of Women
Length: 428 pages
Kindle Unlimited: No

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5. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Best nonfiction books of 2019 for Amazon Kindle - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou

Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, this inside story of the swift success and an even quicker collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup makes you unable to put it down once you start reading.

A riveting account of the biggest corporate fraud ever exposed, woven with elaborate scams, corporate intrigues and permanently ruined family relationships, makes it difficult to believe that this title is from the nonfiction section.

Genre: Startups
Length: 320 pages
Kindle Unlimited: No

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6. Wholly Unraveled: A Memoir

Wholly Unraveled by Keele Burgin - Kindle best sellers of 2019 in nonfiction

Keele Burgin

Growing up in a Catholic cult, restraints were a norm for Kathleen: no red jeans, no parties, no radio, no TV, no candy. And no individuality. Under the unforgiving eye of her abusive father, fear was part of her daily life. But Kathleen knew that if she were to survive, she would have to do it on her own.

Wholly Unraveled is a touching story of a woman finding enough courage to turn her entire life around to be able to truly live.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs of Women
Length: 278 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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7. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown - best Kindle nonfiction 2019

Dee Brown

“Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking… Impossible to put down:” The New York Times comments on Dee Browns classic bestselling history book.

A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee provides an eloquent, fully documented account of the gradual destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Genre: Native American History
Length: 482 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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8. The Miracle Morning

Kindle nonfiction 2019 - The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Hal Elrod

Imagine being able to turn your entire life around for the better only by changing your morning routine.

The Miracle Morning, regarded “one of the most life-changing books ever written,” may just help it come true.

Simple, fast and not requiring a tremendous amount of effort, this approach is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by teaching them how to wake up with more energy, motivation and focus to help achieve goals every day.

Genre: Entrepreneurship
Length: 138 pages
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

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