The Amazon Kindle Store has an exhaustive catalog of NY Times Best Sellers for the most passionate bibliophiles out there. Here’s a list of must-read titles to add to your reading list.
15 Must-Read Titles from Amazon’s NY Times Best Sellers Collection
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The first on our list of NY Times best sellers is Where the Crawdads Sing, which tells the story of a recluse named Kya Clark aka “Marsh Girl” who leads a quiet existence in her home by a marsh. Their quiet North Carolina town is rocked when she becomes the primary suspect for the murder of local celebrity Charles Andrews.
- Reese Witherspoon’s “Hello Sunshine Book Club” September 2018 selection
- Barnes and Noble’s “Best Books of 2018
The New York Times Book Review
2. Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter
Labyrinth is the 23rd book in the FBI Thriller series by Catherine Coulter, an author renowned for her complexly woven potboilers and her perennial inclusion in the NY Times best sellers list. This complex plot weaves together the tale of a missing CIA analyst and a local kidnapping.
- Touted as the “most twisted and complicated” in the FBI Thriller series
- Written by Catherine Coulter, who’s no stranger to the NY Times best sellers list, having written 84 bestselling novels
If there’s one thing that readers can count on in a Coulter novel it is that she always delivers amazingly eerie and complex thrillers.
RT Book Reviews
3. The New Girl by Daniel Silva
Daniel Silva’s The New Girl, just like the previous books in the Gabriel Allon series, is packed with interesting characters. They include the eponymous new girl, who happens to be the daughter of a disgraced Saudi prince who gets kidnapped from a Swiss boarding school and Gabriel Allon, Israel’s larger-than-life chief of intelligence.
- Mystery cum political thriller
- Aside from being one of New York Times best sellers, it’s also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best seller.
At times a brilliant novel tells us as much about the times we live in—and the struggles of the world, the global deceptions and tragedies — as well or better than journalism. Daniel Silva’s The New Girl is such a novel. Eye-opening and a joy to read.
Bob Woodward, journalist
4. The Reckoning by John Grisham
John Grisham is one of those authors who can deliver legit page-turners, and this is no exception. In The Reckoning, a novel about a well-respected veteran turned felon, the author once again dishes out his usual arsenal of mystery and drama.
- The sixth Grisham novel set in the fictional Mississippi town, Clanton
- A hybrid of genres including court-room drama, period piece, coming-of-age, murder mystery, war novel, and family saga.
A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham’s argument that he’s not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.
5. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is the author’s follow up to The Underground Railroad, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This novel is set in Florida, during the Jim-Crowe era.
- Colson Whitehead’s departure from fantastic or speculative elements present in his previous novels
- Well-received by trusted critics, including Ron Charles (The Washington Post), Maureen Corrigan (NPR), Parul Sehgal (The New York Times)
A tense, nervy performance, even more rigorously controlled than its predecessor. The narration is disciplined and the sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into the water. Every chapter hits its marks.
Parul Seghal, The New York Times
6. Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts’ Under Currents is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This setting aptly captures the wild and tangled secrets that lie beneath the story’s surface, which threaten to complicate the lives of the novel’s protagonists, Zane and Darby.
- Romance novel flavored with a good dose of mystery
- Filled with moments of tenderness
Roberts’s latest is full of powerful, magnetic characters who have overcome terrible situations. Suspense and sensual romance are expertly combined in this riveting story.
7. Educated by Tara Westover
If you’re not in the mood for fiction, Tara Westover’s memoir Educated could be your cup of tea. Here, the author recounts her transition from being a daughter of survivalists living in seclusion to an academic, who earns a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, despite having only set foot in a school for the first time at 17.
- Included in the Best Books of the Year list from New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The San Franciso Chronicle, and O: Oprah Magazine, among others
- Finalist for National Book Critics Circle’s Award and the Pen/Jen Stein Book Award
An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.
8. American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta
Tim Alberta used to serve as a political correspondent for Politico Magazine. This stint had allowed her to write the NY Times Best Seller American Carnage, a nonfiction account of what goes on behind the scenes of the current Republican Party.
- Insider’s look on Trump’s GOP
- Based on interviews with GOP key players, including President Trump, Ted Cruz, and Paul Ryan, among others
American Carnage isn’t just another drop in the deluge of Trump books; in fact, it isn’t really a Trump book at all. Instead it’s a fascinating look at a Republican Party that initially scoffed at the incursion of a philandering reality-TV star with zero political experience and now readily accommodates him. [Alberta] brings more than a decade of reporting and a real understanding of the conservative movement to American Carnage.
New York Times Book Review
9. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
This read has a simple but compelling book premise: interview three women from disparate backgrounds about their sex lives and delve deep into the heart of physical desire. That’s exactly what Lisa Taddeo has accomplished in Three Women, a nonfiction book which bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert called “extraordinary”.
- The compelling cast of characters includes a homemaker from suburban Indiana (Lina), a high-school student from North Dakota (Maggie), and a restaurant owner from the Northeast (Sloane).
- Praised by Entertainment Weekly and Town & Country
The hottest book of the summer . . . Taddeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book, moving across the country and back again in her staggeringly intimate foray into the sexual lives and desires of three ‘ordinary’ women. Tragedy and despair lurk in each of their stories, but Taddeo’s dynamic writing brings them all to breathtaking life.
10. Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino
Justice on Trial is another topical nonfiction book that would be of interest to readers who wish to keep attuned with the current political climate. This book promises an insider’s account on the goings-on inside the halls of one of the country’s most important institutions — the Supreme Court.
- Sources include key politicians, including the president, justices, and senators
- Tracks the Supreme Court’s current crisis, starting from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s abrupt retirement in 2018
It is to be hoped that this fine, even-handed book will help to bring an end to the political savagery that has characterized all too many Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University
11. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCallough
The Pioneers offers a wild and engrossing read for American history buffs. However, even individuals with just a casual interest in the events that transpired in the past, this book can still prove immersive with its dynamic storytelling about triumphing over adversities.
- Based on diaries and letters from key figures during the settlement of the Northwest Territory.
- A compelling cast of characters, including a physician who became a key figure in American science.
McCullough is among the most thoughtful and thorough historians of the past two generations. . . . [A] great American mind.
John S. Gardner, The Guardian
12. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck has sold over a million copies and counting. The book borrows ideas from the ancient Stoics and turns them into contemporary bits of wisdom to guide readers into what it really takes to be truly happy.
- Self-help made raw and honest
- Ruthless humor grounded in entertaining anecdotes
Mark’s ability to dig deep and offer amazing, yet counter-intuitive, insight into the challenges of life makes him one of my favorite writers, and this book is his best work yet.
Matt Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author
13. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
If you need to feel validated, buy a copy of You Are a Badass. This book doesn’t mislead and provides practical tips and strategies on how to become a much better version of yourself.
- 15 chapters of unadulterated self-help guidance
- Offers advice, inspirational stories, and simple exercises written in Sincero’s sassy feisty voice.
Sincero brings a fun, feminine verve to now well-tread self-help tropes. . . . The tone is far more feisty than academic, and there’s humor on every page, all of which is exactly what her intended audience most needs.
14. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown
This book is a great read for aspiring leaders. Whether you’re planning to enter politics or head a tech startup, Dare to Lead will teach how to turn leadership ideas into best practices to help you thrive in your field.
- Ideas sourced out from leaders, cultural shifters, and change-makers from various industries and professions.
- One of Bloomberg’s “Best Books of the Year” in 2018
With Dare to Lead, Brené brings decades of research to bear in a practical and insightful guide to courageous leadership. This book is a road map for anyone who wants to lead mindfully, live bravely, and dare to lead.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, founder, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org
15. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
On top of its killer title, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide has killer ideas, too. This self-help-slash memoir has two of the country’s most popular podcast voices offering their personal views on a wide range of topics, including substance abuse and eating disorders.
- Written by the duo behind the popular podcast My Favorite Murder
- An inspirational read for those who are struggling with advocating for themselves.
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