The 10 best books of 2019, according to Amazon: Have you read them all?
Amazon has shared the website's 100 best books of the year. Scroll down to see the top 10 books of 2019 from the list.
As 2019 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the biggest and most important pieces of pop culture that have shaped the last (nearly) 12 months. In addition to the best films and TV shows that have premiered, we'd also like to give it up for the best books that have come out and captivated us from page one. Then again, how could we possibly choose? There have been tons of jaw-dropping thrillers, romantic beach reads, and stunning memoirs, to name a few. Fortunately, Amazon has done us a favour and narrowed down the site's 100 best books of 2019. If you're on the hunt for a great book, check out the Top 10 picks of 2019 below — where you'll discover poignant memoirs, witty satire, and investigative journalism. To see the complete list of Best Books of 2019, visit amazon.com/bestbooks2019.
10. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
In addition to making an appearance on this list, Lori Gottlieb's Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is being adapted for TV by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, so you might as well get in on the buzz before it arrives. The nonfiction book is a delightful dive into the author's head as she discusses being a therapist and what happens when she ends up needing to see one herself. You just might close this book feeling like your own life has been transformed.
9. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The main character at the heart of The Silent Patient, Alicia, seems to have the perfect life: she lives in a grand home in London, is a successful painter, and is married to an in-demand fashion photographer. But things change when her husband, Gabriel, comes home one night and Alicia shoots him five times in the face. Making matters more interesting? She now refuses to say a single word. With her life now in chaos, criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is brought on board to coax something, anything, out of her that might explain why she killed her husband.
8. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker
When Star Trek actor George Takei was just 4 years old, he awoke to find his own birth country, America, at war with his Japanese father's. Soon their entire family was forced from their home into the uncertain (and horrifying) future of American concentration camps, along with over 100,000 other Japanese Americans imprisoned by the government during World War II. All is examined in his graphic novel/memoir, They Called Us Enemy.
7. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
We all know Elizabeth Gilbert for her incredible memoir, Eat Pray Love, but this year, she brought us into the fictional world of 1940s New York City. In City of Girls, Vivian Morris gets kicked out of Vassar College, so her parents sent her to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns the Lily Playhouse, a theatre that's falling apart. There, Vivian meets a group of people who are unlike anyone she's ever met before, and she finds herself immersed in their world completely. It's a spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.
6. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac
This New York Times bestseller by New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac traces the dramatic rise and controversies of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the centre of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.
5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
If you yearn to revisit the decadent, dark, and magical world created by Erin Morgenstern in her first novel, The Night Circus, then here's a piece of good news: the author has a new book, The Starless Sea, which introduces us to another stunning, lushly-created world and a powerful love story. The novel involves "pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea" as it tracks college student Zachary Ezra Rawlins's adventure after finding a mysterious book hidden in his school's library.
4. Quichotte: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie's 2019 novel, Quichotte, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize this year, is an unsentimental exploration of a man experiencing a midlife crisis and the fictional character he creates (inspired by the Cervantes classic) to escape his own existence.
3. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
If you read one memoir this year, let it be Adrienne Brodeur's Wild Game. This electrifying and exquisite (and eventually, harrowing) memoir chronicles the summer 14-year-old Adrienne became her mother's confidante as her mom entered into an epic affair with her husband's closest friend. Although it brought her plenty of attention from her mother, the affair would lead to calamitous consequences for all involved and impact Adrienne's life in profound ways.
2. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys is a deeply moving story about two young men, Elwood and Turner, who are forced to attend a hellish reform school called the Nickel Academy in Florida, during the early 20th century. While Elwood struggles to maintain his ideals despite the abusive and grotesque surroundings of the school, Turner is driven further into scepticism and scheming. Both boys come to find that one decision can change everything.
1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Ready to go back to Gilead? Margaret Atwood's dystopian vision of the future is revived in The Testaments, the critically acclaimed sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. This time we find out what happened to the novel’s narrator and protagonist, Offred, after those doors slammed, picking up the story 15 years later with three new female narrators. Will Offred be among them? Guess you'll have to pick up Amazon's top book of the year to find out.
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