The Best Books of the Year So Far


Every summer about this time we Amazon books editors get together and look back at the books from the first six months of the year and choose our favorites for our Best of the Year ... So Far lists. With the glut of year-end best-of lists these days (we're guilty too!), I'm surprised more folks haven't followed our lead, but it seems like we still have the midyear field to ourselves.

This year we've chosen ten overall favorites, as well as four more lists of ten in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Readers, and the always-hazy catchall category we call "Hidden Gems" (which includes both lesser-known picks and one-of-a-kind books that don't easily fit our other categories). Given the provisional nature of the lists, and the summer-vacation timing, we don't rank the lists the way we do at the end of the year. If you're a regular Omni or Amazon reader you'll recognize a number of these choices from our Best of the Month picks, but this is a way of highlighting the books that have stuck with us the most during the year, as well as those that we may have overlooked in the monthly frenzy.

You can read short reviews of all of these on our BOTYSF pages, and on the right side of each of the category lists you can find a guide to some of the books we're most looking forward to in the next six months of the year.

Overall Top 10:



Young Readers:

Hidden Gems:


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Comments (6)

You missed Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series in fiction! Her books appeal to all ages from young adult through senior citizens and men and women alike.

Posted by: Regan Taylor | Tuesday July 7, 2009 at 8:11 PM

No love for Gerald Martin's García Márquez bio?

Posted by: Joe b | Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Why isn't Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" not listed under the
Nonfiction category?

Posted by: Reginald Power | Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Nothing for me - historical novel trilogy with strong regional appeal and strong on-line presence among the book-blogs and independent authors?

Ah well ... nothing to see here but the usual mainstream published books. I swear, unless you're already in the club, or have recently been notorious or ****ed someone famous, you are so out of luck...

Posted by: Celia Hayes | Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I loved 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'.

Posted by: Jerri Patton | Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 8:42 PM

You missed the greatest military history book I have ever read;
"Horse Soldiers" by a superb writer, interviewer and author,Doug Stanton.

Posted by: MG (ret) Frank Schober | Wednesday July 8, 2009 at 10:12 PM

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