2014 is just a little more than halfway over and already, we have had a slew of amazing books come out for us to peruse. In the book industry, people often turn to world leader, Amazon, for the hottest trends and latest news on books. Today’s top 10 best books to read come from Amazon’s list of best books for reading. Here’s a quick synopsis of the books Amazon is calling the best 10 for the first half of 2014.
1. Updike by Adam Begley
This book is a much anticipated biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike. Begley tells an eloquent account of Updike’s candid and intimate life.
2. The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel by Cristina Henriquez
This is the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love and how two families with colliding hopes and destinies deal with the impending changes their love represents.
3. Redeployment by Phil Klay
This book takes readers to the front-lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.
4. Euphoria by Lily King
This is a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
5. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
A fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.
6. In Paradise: A Novel by Peter Mattiessen
More than a hundred women and men of diverse nationality, background, and belief gather at the site of a former concentration camp for an unprecedented purpose. This is a brave and deeply thought-provoking novel by one of our most stunningly accomplished writers.
7. The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Darrow will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
9. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman
He finally solves this decades-old mystery and illuminates a culture transformed by years of colonial rule, whose people continue to be shaped by ancient customs and lore.
10. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Any one of these 10 books is sure to be a page turner. Have you read any of these? Let me know which one you read and what you thought of it in the comments below!
~ Eileen 🙂