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Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Top 10 So Far from Amazon Print Email

Jacket covers of Fiction, nonfiction, even a teen title in the Amazon Books editors’ picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far.  Your next read could be a click away! 

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. (click to see all ...)

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.