‘Tis the Season – for Best Books Lists

It’s time for the start of the Best Books of the Year lists, especially if those lists are being compiled by retailers who amazon304are looking to entice consumers to add books as gifts under the tree (as if we needed any urging to do that, am I right?).  And yes, we know this is free advertising for the retailer, but we’re talking books here!  It’s all good!  So why not kick off the Best Books lists with the largest online retailer in the USA:  Amazon.com?

Amazon recently came out with its list of the year’s Top 20 Best Books, an incredibly diverse group, chosen by their editorial team (not based on sales, but instead based on monthly Editor’s Picks compiled throughout the year, and taking into account upcoming titles for the rest of 2015).  They also have additional “Best of” lists by genre, with additional lists for an expanded top 100 print books, debut authors, celebrity picks, gift packs, and more.  And while we may be a bit suspicious at lists compiled mainly to drive commerce, well, heck, they’re still fun!  So here is the list of Amazon’s Top 20 Best Books of the Year:

  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of the American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Engles by Gavin McCrae
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  • The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)
  • Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris


So what do you think?  Have you read many of them?  Do you agree with these choices?  And perhaps the most important question of all:  will you be buying any of these as Christmas gifts this year?  (And yes, you are allowed to buy yourself a Christmas gift book!)


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