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- If you’re looking for a good book recommendation, look no further than Amazon. The site has a whole editorial team dedicated to reviewing books, and sharing their favorite ones with customers.
- The Amazon Books team curates lists of the best new books each month, in specific categories, and each year, to help readers find just what they’re looking for. The team just released its list of the 10 best books of 2019 so far, and it’s filled with all kinds of great reads.
- We spoke with Sarah Gelman, editorial director of Amazon Books, about the top 10 picks and why they made it onto the list.
When it comes to finding a great read, I like to ask around — friends, family, and coworkers, all bookworms alike, are great resources for recommendations. If you’re looking for another great resource for finding book recommendations, check out Amazon’s book section. Amazon has a whole team of editors whose job is to read all of the great, new content that gets published each year.
Each month, Amazon’s editors curate a best new books of the month list where they share their favorite reads of the moment. At the end of the year, they tackle the best books of the whole year. Halfway through the year, the editors check in with us readers and let us in on their picks for the best books of the year so far.
Business Insider spoke with Sarah Gelman, editorial director of Amazon Books, and got some insight into how the top 10 books of the year so far got their spot. From creepy thrillers and ambitious memoirs to fun fiction and lighthearted novels, this list has it all.
If you want to skip right to the selections, head over to Amazon to see a complete list of the best books of year so far.
Keep reading for the 10 best books of 2019 so far, and why they made the list, according to Amazon editors:
Captions attributed to Amazon Books editorial team.
"City of Girls" by Elizabeth Gilbert
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.
Gelman says: This was a unanimous pick across the team. Readers know Elizabeth Gilbert from "Eat, Pray, Love" and she’s not as well known as a novelist, but she deserves to be. It’s just a fun book — it’s been described as a champagne cocktail of a book. Everyone read this book and just felt a breath of fresh air.
"The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides
While it’s only halfway through the year, this debut thriller with the twistiest of endings may be the thriller of 2019.
Gelman says: The team got to read this book early on and one of our editors predicted this would be the debut literary thriller of the year. It’s a fun, twisty read with a surprise at the end.
"Once More We Saw Stars" by Jayson Greene
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.
Gelman says: This book— which details the author losing his 2-year-old daughter in a freak accident— which helps put words to grief, will help you face tragedy.
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