The Amazon Editors' Best Books of 2018 So Far

Erin Kodicek on June 19, 2018
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botysf18.JPGWe are thrilled to announce our selections for the Best Books of the Year So Far. Published between January and June, these are our favorites, the books we couldn't forget, and the ones you should definitely consider adding to your summer reading piles. The selection process was a passionate one (i.e. we argued, a lot), but when it came down to choosing number one, it was unanimous: Tara Westover’s Educated. For those of you who haven’t yet read this extraordinary memoir...why?! But I am envious that you’ll have the opportunity to discover it for the first time. It’s truly special. 

Learn more about our top ten below, or browse all of our picks for the Best Books of 2018 So Far--which span over a dozen categories--by clicking right here.

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#1: Tara Westover's Educated

Tara Westover didn't see the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen, but it was an experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her life. This stirring memoir chronicles how she survived her survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. It’s a rousing reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power. --Erin Kodicek

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#2: Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone

In this pressure cooker of a page-turner, a damaged Vietnam vet moves his family to the wilds of Alaska. Initially it's a welcome change, but as winter approaches, and his mental state deteriorates, his wife and daughter find themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Like her mega-bestselling The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone highlights the heroics of everyday people, especially women. --Erin Kodicek

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#3: Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief

Clever, informative, and sometimes endearingly bumbling, this mix of natural history and crime opens up new worlds. Readers will never look at an old stuffed bird or an elaborately tied fishing fly the same way again. --Adrian Liang

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#4: A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window is a seductive and unpredictable novel about an agoraphobic woman with a tricky past who witnesses a murder. Or does she? With twists that will have you gasping out loud, this Hitchcockian noir thriller is the book to read if you’ve been waiting (too long) for the next Gone Girl. --Seira Wilson

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#5: Shobha Rao's Girls Burn Brighter

This emotionally ungentle novel of two very different young women in modern-day India will prompt both outrage and hope as the girls separately traverse perilous paths to find each other again. --Adrian Liang

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#6: Francisco Cantú's The Line Becomes a River

The son of a park ranger, Francisco Cantú grew up in the southwest. When he joined the Border Patrol, he became witness to the stark realities of illegal immigration, and the obligations of his job weighed heavy against his sense of humanity. With its direct, stoic prose, The Line Becomes a River is a weighty and timely document on one of our most divisive arguments. --Jon Foro

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#7: Tessa Fontaine's The Electric Woman

Many people say they’d like to join the circus, not many people actually do. Having difficulty coming to terms with her mother’s imminent passing, Tessa Fontaine joined The World of Wonders, the last touring sideshow in America. The Electric Woman is a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at carnival life, and an ode to unconditional love. --Erin Kodicek

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#8: Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone

Here is a fresh take on young adult fantasy. With West African-inspired characters, magic, and setting, Children of Blood and Bone is non-stop action, enriched with themes that resonate in today’s social and political landscape: injustice, discrimination, and a struggle for change. Author Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of what promises to be an epic, addictive new series. --Seira Wilson

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#9: Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists

In this ambitious and deeply moving novel, Chloe Benjamin imagines how the lives of four siblings might be warped by a fortuneteller’s prediction of the dates of their deaths. While recounting their stories, Benjamin poses intriguing questions about the value of longevity and whether we are victims, or perpetrators, of our own fates. --Sarah Harrison Smith

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#10: Tommy Orange's There There

What does it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/American Indian/Native? Orange's vivid debut novel allows a unique cast of characters—ranging from teenagers to elders living in Oakland, California—to pull this question apart for themselves as they live within an urban ecosystem. --Adrian Liang


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