Amazon Releases Top 10 Books of 2014 So Far

David Rogers

Best of 2014 So Far

I guess the middle of the year is as good a time as any to start breaking out the best-of lists. Amazon Books Editors’ have just released their choices for the “Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far.”

Interestingly, the number one spot on the list is a biography. “Updike,” the biography of writer John Updike by Adam Begley, took the top position on the list and it seems the editors over at Amazon knew this choice would be seen as unexpected.

“It’s never easy to narrow down our favorites, but after much debate and discussion, we’ve arrived at a list that will fit every customer’s summer reading agenda—whether you’re headed to the beach, traveling the world or enjoying a staycation,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at, according to a press release. “Updike may seem like an unusual choice for our number one pick, but it’s poised to be one of the best biographies of 2014. It’s a candid, enthralling book that readers won’t be able to put down.”

Below is the list in full. You also can head over to the release site linked above to see the editors’ reasoning for each choice.

1. “Updike” – Adam Begley

2. “The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel” – Cristina Henríquez

3. “Redeployment” – Phil Klay

4. “Euphoria” – Lily King

5. “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State” – Glenn Greenwald

6. “In Paradise: A Novel” – Peter Matthiessen

7. “The Invention of Wings: A Novel” – Sue Monk Kidd

8. “Red Rising” – Pierce Brown

9. “Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art” – Carl Hoffman

10. “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” – Ransom Riggs