If you’re looking for your next favorite book, you’re in the right place. With each new year comes a new bunch of authors with a new crop of great reads… and thanks to Kindle, we can access them easily, cheaply, and on the go. Whether you’re a fan of fast-paced thrillers, gentle romances, or laugh out loud comedies, you’re sure to find something to sink your teeth into on our rundown of this year’s top 20 kindle books.
20. I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán
In at number 20 is I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán. Described by Booklist as “A poignant novel that explores truthfulness and boundaries in friendship, marriage, and more. With relatable characters and a realistic plot, this character-driven novel will have readers wondering if honesty really is the best policy,” the book tells the story of Penelope Ruiz-Kar, a woman who, on the surface, seems to have it all, but is secretly struggling to keep her life from unravelling at the seams.
19. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Author Bill Martin Jr. got the inspiration for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? during a train ride back in 1966. After hooking up with illustrator Eric Carle, he set about creating a series of books that would turn into children’s classics. Over 50 years after the idea was originally conceived, the colorful graphics and rhythmic text are as popular as ever with kids (and with the adults that choose to revisit their youth in its pages) as ever- as demonstrated by its enduring presence at the top of bestselling lists.
18. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
#1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe bestseller Educated: A Memoir ( a true tale of author Tara Westover’s fight to leave her troubled upbringing behind and earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University) has received the kind of accolades most authors can only dream of: as well as being named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, its’s earned the distinction of becoming one of Barack Obama’s favorite books, making it onto Bill Gates’s holiday reading list, and ranking as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Award in Autobiography.
17. Cold Waters (Normal, Alabama Book 1) by Debbie Herbert
If you’re looking for the kind of book to keep you gripped from beginning to end, Cold Waters by bestselling author Debbie Herbert may be just the ticket. Full of madness, murder, and intrigue, Cold Waters is a page-turner of the best kind, as its numerous reviews attest. "A southern gothic mystery dripping with atmosphere. Cold Waters will leave you breathless," Amanda Stevens, author of the Graveyard Queen series, says. USA Today Bestselling author Rita Herron, meanwhile, has been moved to comment: "Debbie Herbert's haunting language, gothic tone, and vivid portrayal of small-town southern life add layers to this intriguing mystery/suspense. I was hooked from the first word!”
16. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
If you’re looking for a self-help book on how to become more successful, then here, at number 16, you have it. Since it was first published 25 years ago, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change has been educating everyone from CEOs to parents on how to sharpen their skillset and transform their lives. To date, more than 10 million copies have been sold: with the new kindle edition proving as popular as the hardback, it’s a number that’s only set to grow.
15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
What would a bestselling book list be without at least one entry from the phenomenally successful Harry Potter franchise? As it turns out, the first book in the series is proving the most successful when it comes to sales, ranking # #1 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books), #1 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store), and #1 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy Action & Adventure on Amazon.
14. Here To Stay by Mark Edwards
“Mark Edwards always delivers! Taut, gripping, scary and original - a fabulous read!” Robert Bryndza, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author enthuses about Here To Stay by Mark Edwards; judging by the number of units the book has shifted since it was first published on September 01, 2019, readers clearly agree. Revolving around the chilling consequences of inviting strangest into your home, Here to Stay is a thrilling page-turner and one that’s likely to stick around on the bestselling list for some time yet.
13. Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie Book 1) by Victoria Selman
A gripping dark thriller revolving around Ziba Mackenzie’s pursuit of a serial killer, Blood for Blood is the first novel from Victoria Selman, and its already done a great job at establishing her credentials as “one to watch”. As well as earning the title of 'Book of the Week' by Women's Weekly magazine, the novel was shortlisted for the 2017 Debut Dagger Award and quickly became a Kindle #1 bestseller on its release in digital format.
12. The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
After making a splash with her last novel, The Woman on The Orient Express, Lindsay Jayne Ashford has repeated her success with The Snow Gypsy, a haunting novel about one woman’s determination to uncover the past, and another’s desperation to escape it. The novel’s multi-layered, sensitive treatment of life’s joys and tribulations has won much praise from critics, with editor Jodie Warsaw summing up the general consensus with her comment: “When the state of the world feels so uncertain, I take great inspiration from the love stories Lindsay Jayne Ashford so vividly brings to life here. Across seemingly unbridgeable divides, The Snow Gypsy shows that love can and does prevail—even in the most unexpected of ways.”
11. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
An evergreen classic, Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been embraced by a new audience of late thanks to its sensitive reinterpretation on the TV show of the same name. A taut, powerful thriller, the Handmaid’s Tale has been described as Atwood at her best (which, given the plethora of great literature she’s produced since the 1960s, is high praise indeed).
10. The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann
Washington Post Bestseller The Forgotten Hours makes its entry at number 10. Highlighting a new perspective to sexual assault and the impact it can have on families, Schumann’s evocative, heart wrenching exploration of twisted family loyalties has proved a huge hit with readers and critics alike, with MomAdvice summing up everyone’s thought’s with the praise, “A compelling mystery that was perfectly timed for the #metoo movement…This story is timely and a promising debut of good things to come from Schumann.”
9. Incredibles, The (Disney Storybook (eBook) by Disney Book Group
If you’re on the hunt for some great stocking fillers for Christmas, treat the kids to this great bedtime read. Thirteen pages of prime entertainment await the lucky reader, and if the Amazon reviews are anything to go by, you don’t even have to be familiar with the film to appreciate the fun story.
8. The Rescue (Ryan Decker Book 1) by Steven Konkoly
If you’re a fan of Tom Clancy, you may want to try this thrilling page-turner for size. With more political conspiracies, twists and action-packed intrigue than you could dream off, it’s guaranteed to have you gripped from the very first page. Fortunately, there’s more on the way, with this being just the first in a planned series of Ryan Decker based adventures.
7. Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
This heartwarming debut novel by Glendy Vanderah is a skillful exploration of love, loss, and trust. With elements of fantasy, intrigue, and crime all masterfully interwoven, it’s sure to steal your heart- as, indeed, it has with the thousands of readers who’ve already turned it into one of this year’s bestselling novels.
6. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
Up next we have the Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon. What the Wind Knows is Amy Harmon’s 13th novel, with her previous publications, including From Sand and Ash, and the Whitney Award-winning The Law of Moses, proving both critical and commercial successes. Her latest offering is no different. Since its release in March 2019, it’s peaked at #1 in Inspirational Romance, #1 in Historical Romance (Kindle Store) and #1 in Magical Realism.
5. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
If you’re a fan of laugh out loud novels, you’re in for a treat with our next offering. Described by the New York Journal of Books as “A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that will have readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the ultimate escape—and will leave moms everywhere questioning whether it isn’t time for a #momspringa of their own,” The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms a big-hearted, uproarious account of modern relationships and parenting.
4. Thin Air (Jessica Shaw Book 1) by Lisa Gray
If you had any nails when you started reading Thin Air (Jessica Shaw Book 1) by Lisa Gray, you’re unlikely to have any left by the time you’ve finished. Revolving around the smart, sassy Jessica Shaw (who’s been described as the female equivalent of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher), this fast-paced, taut thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages. Download now if you’re ready for a thrilling ride.
3. What You Did by Claire McGowan
Brilliant twists, well-fleshed characters, and a stunning narrative all combine to sensational effect in Claire McGowan’s bestselling thriller, What You Did. “A meticulous thriller full of twists and false turns,” says Crime Time, while LV Hay, author of Do No Harm, goes even further in her praise. “McGowan delivers a hugely relevant novel for the post #MeToo era and a searing indictment of how far we still have to go. A story that is like a fine wine laced with poison—it’ll slay you,” she’s enthused.
2. The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler
If you like big blockbusters full of betrayal, vengeance, and espionage, then grab yourself a seat and get stuck into The Killer Collective, the latest offering from New York Time’s Bestselling author, Barry Eisler. With a plot that progresses at breakneck speed, well-drawn characters, and a few killer twists, this is a great read for fans of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon.
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdad’s Sing has some serious accolades to its name. As well as climbing all the way to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, it’s also been selected as one of Reese Witherspoon’s x Hello Sunshine Book Club Picks (and with praise like "I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!", it’s clear the actress was impressed with what she read). A quick glance through some of the critical reviews tells you everything else you need to know about this captivating debut from Owens. “Compelling, original...A mystery, a courtroom drama, a romance and a coming-of-age story, Where the Crawdads Sing is a moving, beautiful tale. Readers will remember Kya for a long, long time”, wrote ShelfAwareness, while Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, enthused “A lush debut novel, Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose. It’s clear she’s from this place—the land of the southern coasts, but also the emotional terrain—you can feel it in the pages. A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely.”
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