Announcing the Amazon Editors’ Best Books of 2013 So Far

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.

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The Sisterhood it had a good plot and page turning intrigue.

Posted by: Sue G | Monday June 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Loved The Last Policeman by Ben Winters and have already pre-ordered the next book in the series. It's a pre-apocalpyse novel, about how the human race would respond if they knew many of them would die and that those who survived would be living on a very different planet. It's a really well penned, enjoyable read that also provides some food for thought.

Posted by: Naomi | Monday June 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Posted by: CLR | Monday June 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Posted by: B.D. | Monday June 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Posted by: Vern | Monday June 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. Masterful story and truly compelling characters!

Posted by: Todd | Monday June 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner is the best book I have read so far this year.

Posted by: Thera | Monday June 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The read "The Shack" and it was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to everyone.

Posted by: Helene | Monday June 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I really enjoyed "The Case Of The Persian Plague" and its sequel "Point Men" by Jason Lord Case. His writing style is engaging and witty, and the stories are fun and action-packed.

Posted by: Mardou | Monday June 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Far and away, my favorite book of the year was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read this months ago and I'm STILL thinking about its themes and characters.

Posted by: JW Healy | Monday June 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Inferno by Dan Brown.

Posted by: Sunny L. Williams | Monday June 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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