Tomorrow is July 11th, also known as Amazon’s Prime Day. In time for this special occasion, we have compiled a list of the best books of 2017 (so far) for you choose and add to your wish list. Get your wallets and credit cards ready because this epic day of deals calls for a book splurge.
1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Ranked at first place on Amazon’s Editors Top 20 list and regarded as “the best book of the year so far” by Entertainment Weekly, Killers of the Flower Moon is a sinister detective story with an attention-grabbing narrative. Set in the 1920s, the Osage found themselves struggling to hang on to success amongst Native American tribes and a series of calling deaths. Grann spins the story of the Osage Indian Reservation murders into a chilling tale that cannot be easily forgotten.
2. This is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel
As Amazon’s best book for January this year, this is a story about a family filled with dark secrets. Frankel puts into words just how secrets can quickly materialize into form and spread like a contagious disease within the blink of an eye. This novel raises the question of what is private and what is not while showing the great lengths that parents and siblings are willing to go through for one another.
3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Since Hulu’s tv adaptation on Atwood’s novel with the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale has soared in popularity. Set in a fictional society filled with gender inequality, Atwood’s twisted tale presents women as nothing more than reproductive machines subjected to inhumane treatment. In this totalitarian kingdom, social regulations are heavily implemented with no exception. No one is safe because no one is free from being watched.
4. Camino Island by John Grisham
In a sleepy resort town on Camino Island in Florida, Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore. As a prominent dealer of rare books, he makes a lot of money. Perhaps too much and only very few people are aware of his secretive outings to the black market for stolen books and manuscripts.
5. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Pino Lella is an average Italian teenager, with interests in music, food and girls. After his home gets destroyed by allied bombs, his days of innocent happiness are brought to a violent halt. Though homeless, Lella joins an Underground Railroad team to help Jews in their escape over the Alps. During this psychologically and physically straining adventure, he falls in love with Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. This is the epic tale of a young hero during his darkest hours, and how he survived and thrived with his unwavering faith.
6. The Letter by Kathryn Hughes
Tina Craig yearns to leave her violent husband. While saving up money for a planned escape, she volunteers at a local charity shop for some time away from her unpleasant household. While going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she encounters an old letter inside an envelope that has been firmly unsealed. After Tina opens this mysterious letter, she makes a decision that changes her life forever.
7. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
As a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, J.D. Vance provides readers with a powerful account on the difficulties of growing up within a poor Rust Belt town. In his detailed documentation of the struggles as experienced by America’s white working class, we received a glimpse of society at its gradual decline. Since this fragment of the United States was held largely responsible for the results of the recent Presidential election, Vance’s memoir has caught the attention those hoping to grasp the complex cultural challenges as endured by parts of the northeastern and midwestern US. Also, Hillbilly Elegy is one of the books recommended by Bill Gates this summer.
8. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Far far away from urbanized cityscapes, Beartown is well-hidden and tucked away in the forests. People say this town will never see the light of day and they will never see their dream of a prosperous future gather form. However, the tiny community embedded within the forests have all their hopes on the junior ice hockey team that is preparing for competition in the national semi-finals. With their ancient ice rink down by the lake, a team of teenage boys are doing all that they can to succeed in the upcoming game–until an unexpected event throws the entire town into crisis.
9. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
From the author who had previously written The Girl on The Train, Into the Water is another spine-chilling psychological thriller that you will struggle to put down once you’ve started reading. At the bottom of the river that runs through town, a single mother’s body slowly rises. Not long ago in the summer, another vulnerable teenage girl had met the same fate. Although they are not the only women to show up amongst those dark waters, their deaths soon trigger deeply-hidden secrets to be revealed.
10. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes readers on an emotionally challenging journey across the vast expanse of the Indian subcontinent; be it the crowded neighborhoods of Old Delhi or the mountainous climbs of Kashmir. Amongst endless bloodshed from one war after another, an agonizing love buds and blossoms into a riveting tale. There’s Anjum who refers to the city graveyard as home, Tilo and the men who chased her, the two Miss Jebeens who have been struggling since birth and many more. All these people have a unique story to share and their lives are interwoven seamlessly into one complete story that can be considered a true fictional masterpiece.
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