Amazon is known for its annual best book lists, but when the e-commerce giant dropped a new book compilation this week, we were pretty surprised. After all, it's only June.
It turns out that there have already been so many standout novels and non-fiction books that Amazon came out with a "best of" list for 2017 so far. Every book on the list was released between January and June of this year and was hand-selected by Amazon Books Editors.
The title of top book of the year (so far) was given to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel by Arundhati Roy.
“Our top pick this year, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a sweeping yet intimate story, one that packs heartbreak, humor, love and acceptance—and a memorable cast of characters—into a novel that will stick with readers for a very long time," said Sarah Harrison Smith, Amazon editorial director of print and Kindle books.
Second place was Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
If you're in need of a summer read as the weather warms up, check out the list of the top 20 books so far this year below.
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel by Arundhati Roy
- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
- Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
- Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
- Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood
- You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
- Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
- The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
- The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
- The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
- 4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster
- This Is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel
- The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden
- Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
- Ginny Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Ludwig
- One of the Boys: A Novel by Daniel Magariel