Even though this year isn’t quite over yet, Amazon have already picked and announced their Top Ten Books Of 2013. There are still quite a few highly anticipated books that are due out by the end of the year, but oh well!
Here we go!
10. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker:
Wecker’s first book is set mostly in 1899 New York. The book is a tale of two well known creatures from ancient folklore creating new lives for themselves in turn of the century Manhattan. The golem is skilled in reading the hopes and desires of the people in the space around her, and feels compelled to act upon them to better the people she’s reading. The jinni is the opposite and is used to serving himself and no one else. The two creatures eventually meet and better each other, as most storybook characters tend to do.
9. Tenth of December by George Saunders: A collection of short stories by Saunders that shows off his profound and bold style to those who may not have heard of him before. The collection takes an ironic, absurd, and somewhat humorous approach to show humanity in a sort of dark age.
8. After Visiting Friends: by Michael Hainey: A nonfiction piece about a journalist (the author himself) who finds some interesting bits in his father’s obituary that just don’t seem to add up. The truth behind his father’s death will eventually become apparent and along the way, the author learns a bit about himself and learns some truths that change the way he sees the past and present.
7. Gulp by Mary Roach: This is a book about how food is ingested. No kidding. Roach’s approach to the ingestion process is witty and thoughtful, as well as a bit disturbing and kind of gross.
6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: A cute story for the young adult demographic, that really anyone can appreciate. Two kids fall in love on a bus. It’s a very simple and realistic approach to a love story without all of the unbearable nonsense that doesn’t actually happen in real life.
5. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: The third novel from Hosseini takes you through the thoughts and feelings of war, separation, birth, death, deceit, and love, with a slightly darker touch. The author is basically telling you that people’s actions, whether they be selfless or not, are most likely dripping with ambiguity. It’s a very deep novel on both emotional and intellectual levels.
4. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer: Set in 1974, the book takes you through the lines and vines of growing up through the eyes of a group of artsy teenagers that met at a summer camp. The characters face all of the complications that you have in your teenage years, struggling to move forward and grow up while maintaining your friendships with friends who are attempting to do the same thing.
3. Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff: This nonfiction book recounts the 1942 crash of a US cargo plane in Greenland while also explaining the author’s participation in a modern mission to learn the mystery behind their disappearance.
2. The Son by Philipp Meyer: A Western tale that spans from the 1800’s Comanche Indian raids in Texas all the way to the 20th century oil boom, separated into three detailed and descriptive stories.
Amazon’s number one book is:
1.Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live multiple lives? To be born again as someone else? Well, in this book, the main character experiences what it’s like to live different lives, each life learning something from the last and toying with the ideas of choice and fate. The protagonist learns from repetition and the choices she made or should have made, and gets the opportunity to live out every choice.