National Book Lovers Day is quickly approaching on August 9th and there is no better reason to curl up with your Kindle! In preparation for the event we are giving you a sneak peak at the best books of the year (so far) and the recently released top picks for the upcoming fall season, hand-selected by Amazon’s editors.
Reading electronic books is on the rise according to a survey conducted in February. It mentioned that 21% of adults said they had read a ebook in the last year, compared to 17% who reported doing so in December. This tracked a major spike in ownership of e-reader devices that occurred during the holiday gift-giving season in December. During that period, ownership of an ebook reader or a tablet each increased to 19% of adults, compared to 10% for each device in mid-December.
- “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon: The beloved author of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” returns with a knowing story of life in politically correct northern California.
- “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t” by Stephen Colbert: According to the author and TV phenomenon, this one might “singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink.”
- “The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy)” by Justin Cronin: In a world ravaged by the vampire apocalypse that spread in “The Passage,” survivors band together to eradicate the origins of the virus.
- “Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy” by Ken Follett: The follow-up to “Fall of Giants” is a doorstop of a tale of World War II and the nuclear age.
- “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver: Global warming has never been so fascinating—or beautiful—as in this novel by the renowned author of “The Poisonwood Bible.”
- “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling: The very definition of “highly anticipated,” this blackly comic tale of a town in trouble is the Harry Potter creator’s first book expressly for adults.
- “Joseph Anton: A Memoir” by Salman Rushdie: From the celebrated novelist, the true-life tale of hiding for his life.
- “NW” by Zadie Smith: A characteristically brilliant comic novel about four young people making their way in complicated London.
- “The Oath: The Obama White House v. the Supreme Court” by Jeffrey Toobin: A surprising look at how two branches of government do—and don’t—get along.
- “Back to Blood” by Tom Wolfe: Think “Bonfire of the Vanities” goes to Miami. Class, race, politics. It’s all there—in Wolfe’s typically audacious style.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.