Here are the best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

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Summer has officially arrived, which means it’s time to kick back, relax, and put a major dent in your reading list.

There are an overwhelming number of great books in the world, so if you’re struggling to decide on which must-read to pick up next, have no fear — Amazon Books recently announced its selections for the Best Books of the Year, So Far.

In their annual mid-year list, editors at Amazon Books highlight some of their favorite books that published from January to June. The titles span across genres, ranging from thrilling fiction and powerful memoirs, to historical novels and more. 

Here are 10 of 2019’s best books so far, according to Amazon and Amazon Book Review editors.

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“Elizabeth Gilbert has said that she wants City of Girls to go down like a gin fizz. (Mission accomplished!) But she slyly imparts some hard-won wisdom into this bawdy but bighearted novel, written as an antidote to the grief Gilbert was experiencing after the loss of her partner, Rayya Elias: ‘Life is dangerous and fleeting. And thus there is no point in denying yourself pleasure or adventure while you are here.’ To that end, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading City of Girls.” — Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides feels like it could be the big psychological thriller debut of 2019. The novel takes a few chapters to clear its throat and set the plot in motion, but once the tracks are laid it’s full steam ahead.” — Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

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“In the hierarchy of death, the death of a child is the worst, the one that makes people recoil. Those who experience such a trauma frequently talk about moving through a fog of grief, unable to recall the particulars of the days and weeks after the death, memories and heartstrings cauterized by the searing pain of loss. How amazing, then, that Greene can recall those particulars: the pain, the grief, the fears that their little family will never again experience joy, and the worry that his marriage cannot survive such loss. And that even in the midst of trauma he knows he and his wife have the tools and the traits to get out the other side, to refashion their broken life into one where they can laugh again.” Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

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“Jennifer Weiner’s Mrs. Everything is sweeping in its personal and political scope, chronicling Jo’s and Bethie’s fumbling attempts to right their respective ships against the backdrop of an America experiencing its own growing pains. It’s 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.” — Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

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“Whether readers gravitate toward the mythologies, food, and culture of 1930s colonial Malaysia under British rule, or toward the mystery that binds Ren and Ji Lin together, The Night Tiger will win over readers who love to be captured by a great story.” — Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review

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“There is something a little intoxicating about Daisy Jones & the Six. This is the story of a young, captivating singer who came of age in the late ’60s/early ’70s, all told as an oral history. The Six did not hit the big time until Daisy joined the band as their lead singer, but her presence brought along drama, intrigue, and a variety of tensions between herself and Billy Dunne, the leader of The Six. It’s best not to know too much about this book going into it; instead, allow the transcribed interviews from the band members (they weren’t real, but they seem real), and from those who tagged along during this great fictitious band’s run, to unspool the story for you.” — Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

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“Where his earlier book The Old Ways explored landscape and its effects on human experience, Underland dives into catacombs, caves, nuclear waste facilities, and the land beneath Greenland’s shrinking ice cap to delve into the darker recesses of our imaginations, a place where artists, adventurers, and criminals have traveled, willingly and otherwise. Expanding his journey into the realm of ‘deep time’—a parallel expanse of past and future almost unimaginable to human intellect, but also irresistible to contemplate—Macfarlane takes us from the moment of creation into a post-human future, one that might be better off without us.” — Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review

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“Julie Yip-Williams’ memoir speaks to one of our greatest fears, that we would be diagnosed with a terminal disease, and to our greatest hope, which is that we could face life straight on, fully, without squinting, and live each day with honesty, ambition, and true feeling.” — Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review 

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“Reichl is a marvelous writer, and in Save Me the Plums readers experience her exhilarating journey from New York Times restaurant critic, to the farm-to-table movement of Los Angeles, and finally to the job she never expected to get: editor-in-chief of Gourmet. Reichl’s passion for the role food plays in our lives is evident on every page, including a smattering of recipes that complement the narrative. Save Me the Plums is a book not only about a changing food culture, but also about a woman taking on new challenges, pushing boundaries, and hanging onto the sense of wonder that started her on this road to begin with. A memoir to savor.” — Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review

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Cari Mora is as cinematic as one might expect (and hope for), charged with smugglers and lawmen, gruesome deaths, and deceit that crisscrosses the ocean between Colombia and Miami. Just when you think you know what’s coming, Harris has another twist up his sleeve. His first novel in more than a decade, Cari Mora proves that Harris is a masterful storyteller who knows exactly how to get under our skin and into our heads.” — Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review

For even more suggestions, check out Amazon’s full “Top 20 List” of best picks, along with even more Amazon book reviews.

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