Today the Amazon Editors announced our Best Books of the Year So Far list, in which we select our favorite books from January through June. Our headliner this (half) year is Kate Atkinson's impressive novel about a very memorable woman named Ursula Todd. Every time Ursula dies, she is born again—a conceit that could fall flat in a less capable writer's hands. In this case, Kate Atkinson has delivered a book that we can not forget. Back when we selected it as the top pick for April's Best of the Month list, Amazon Editor Kevin Nguyen had this to say: "Each successive life is an iteration on the last, and we see how Ursula's choices affect her, those around her, and--so boldly--the fate of the 20th-century world."
Our top 5 picks for the Best of 2013 So Far are:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Son by Philipp Meyer
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
We’ve named our favorites in 20 categories, including Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, History, Literature & Fiction, and Children and Teens.
If you're looking for something good to read this summer, check out the Best Books of the Year So Far.