Friday, November 10, 2017

Amazon Editors' Top 100 Books

It's November, everyone is already talking about winter holidays, and I've already been forced to listen to hours of Christmas music. But one thing that I like about this time of year is the various year-end lists. As I mentioned before, Goodreads is having its members vote for the Best Books of 2017. I'll be sharing their final list when voting ends. In the meantime, here's the top 100 books of the year according to Amazon's editors:

  1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  2. Little Fires Everywhere
  3. Beartown
  4. Exit West
  5. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
  6. Lincoln in the Bardo
  7. The Heart's Invisible Furies
  8. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  9. Sourdough
  10. The Dry
  11. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
  12. My Absolute Darling
  13. Ginny Moon
  14. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
  15. Priestdaddy
  16. Spoonbenders
  17. 4 3 2 1
  18. This Is How It Always Is
  19. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
  20. Turtles All the Way Down
  21. The Hate U Give
  22. Pachinko
  23. Sing, Unburied, Sing
  24. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  25. The Bear and the Nightingale
  26. The Weight of Ink
  27. The Impossible Fortress
  28. Standard Deviation
  29. One of the Boys
  30. Manhattan Beach
  31. Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
  32. Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
  33. Stay with Me
  34. Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone
  35. Leonardo da Vinci
  36. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
  37. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
  38. Prussian Blue
  39. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
  40. Goodbye, Vitamin
  41. Home Fire
  42. Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
  43. The Burning Girl
  44. A Legacy of Spies
  45. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  46. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
  47. Lighter Than My Shadow
  48. Savage Country
  49. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
  50. Emma in the Night
  51. History of Wolves
  52. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  53. Reservoir 13
  54. Long Way Down
  55. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
  56. Good Me Bad Me
  57. In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
  58. Norse Mythology
  59. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society
  60. The Sun and Her Flowers
  61. Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook
  62. Human Acts
  63. Universal Harvester
  64. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
  65. Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me
  66. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
  67. All Grown Up
  68. Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
  69. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir
  70. American War
  71. The Golden House
  72. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays
  73. Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches
  74. Sycamore
  75. American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  76. When the English Fall
  77. The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home
  78. The Floating World
  79. The City of Brass
  80. The Retreat of Western Liberalism
  81. Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir
  83. An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
  84. What We Lose
  85. Trajectory: Stories
  86. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
  87. The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo
  88. Mrs. Fletcher
  89. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process
  90. The Twelve-Mile Straight
  91. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
  92. Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine
  93. White Tears
  94. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  95. Principles: Life and Work
  96. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  97. The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992
  98. In the Midst of Winter
  99. Void Star
  100. Magpie Murders
Sadly, I've only read one of the books on the list: Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman. This makes me slightly sad, not only because I've clearly missed some great books published this year, but also because some of the wonderful books I read this year didn't make the cut. Where's Lesley Nneka Arimah's What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky or Kate Moore's The Radium Girls?

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