Amazon Editors Pick the 20 Best Books of 2012 So Far

By Jason Boog Comment

Today Amazon editors revealed their picks for the best books of the year so far. The top ten books on the list were all published by the Big Six publishers–no Amazon Publishing, indie presses or self-published titles.

The editors also picked their top ten books in all the popular categories: biographies & memoirs, business & investing, cookbooks, food & wine, crafts, hobbies & home, literature & fiction, mystery & thrillers, nonfiction, romance, science fiction & fantasy, comics & graphic novels, and teens,  middle grade and picture books for kids.

Here’s more from Amazon: “Customers can also enter the Best Books of the Year So Far Sweepstakes on the Books Facebook page through July 23 for a chance to win one of 10 Kindle Fire devices, each accompanied by a $100 Gift Card. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., 18 or over. Learn more [here] and enter for a chance to win.”

Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year So Far

1. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo: “A Pulitzer-winning author writes the true story of struggle and hope in a Mumbai slum.”

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: “Plot twists and revelations make this a psychological thriller of the highest order.”

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: “Two kids with cancer deal with the big subjects—life, love, and death—in this perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.”

4. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain: “Questions of privilege, power, and heroism swirl in this debut novel about recently returned Iraq War veterans invited to attend a Cowboys football game.”

5. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro:”The fourth installment in Caro’s authoritative biographical series on Lyndon Baines Johnson – a masterpiece in nonfiction.”

6. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson: A superb novel about freedom, sacrifice and violence, set within the dark borders of North Korea.

7. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt: A singular portrait of a girl and her family transformed during the late-80s AIDS epidemic.

8. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed: “A memoir of a 1,100-mile journey that nearly broke the author to pieces, before she used those pieces to rebuild her life.”

9. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: “Speculative fiction and a girl’s coming-of-age story meet in this gripping debut.”

10. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll: “An examination of the largest, most profitable company in history by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.”