Amazon Releases List of Best Books of 2018—See the Top 10
Hand-selected by Amazon’s team of editors, this year’s list is helmed by Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, the incredible tale of Westover’s accession from a sheltered survivalist upbringing to earning a PhD from Cambridge university.
“This year we read many great books across many different genres, but one story—a true story—stood out to us for its bravery, insight, and that fact that it’s so very readable,” Chris Schluep, Amazon Senior Book Editor, said in a release. “Tara Westover’s Educated is a rare gem of a memoir—it surprises and inspires, and we want to tell everyone: read this book!”
Check out the top 10 here.
1. "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover
This extraordinary memoir chronicles how author Tara Westover, who didn't see the inside of a classroom until she was 17, not only survived her survivalist upbringing, but made her way to Cambridge University.
2. "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan
"Washington Black" follows the epic adventures of Wash following his childhood escape from slavery in Barbados. Esi Edugyan’s entertaining page-turner is shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize.
3. "Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man" by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
Vincent and Vladic weave together riveting tales of heroism, tested willpower and survival from the four days the crew of the USS Indianapolis spent adrift in the shark-infested Pacific during WWII.
4. "Elevation" by Stephen King
This surprisingly uplifting parable from horror genius Stephen King tells the story of Scott Carey, a man whose weight loss causes him to slowly disappear, bringing the fictional town of Castle Rock together.
5. "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border" by Francisco Cantú
As a Border Patrol agent, Cantú got a front-row seat to the complexities of illegal immigration. "The Line Becomes a River" is a timely examination of a national argument set against the backdrop of one man's internal battle between the obligations of his job and his sense of humanity. A heavy and important read.
6. "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn
"The Woman in the Window" is about an agoraphobic woman who bears witness to a murder. Or does she? Full of twists and turns, fans of "Gone Girl" will love this gasp-out-loud thriller.
7. "Once Upon a River" by Diane Setterfield
The colorful patrons of the Swan find themselves in the middle of a thrilling drama when a mute and mysterious young girl is pulled from the waters of the nearby Thames.
8. "Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)" by Tomi Adeyemi
Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel is the start of an addictive new young adult fantasy series with characters inspired by her West African heritage. Magic, injustice, discrimination, and a struggle for change make for non-stop action in this unputdownable book.
9. "Virgil Wander" by Leif Enger
Leif Enger’s "Virgil Wander," follows the quirky inhabitants of a fictional community near Lake Superior as they struggle with their assorted dramas. This endearing novel serves as a reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can mean a lot.
10. "There There" by Tommy Orange
"There There" examines 12 unique individuals as they grapple with what it means to be a Native American within a changing urban ecosystem.