On November 12th, the Amazon book editors announced their 100 Best Books of 2015 list, chosen from among more than two dozen categories from Literary Fiction to Mysteries and Thrillers to Children’s books.
Their Best Book of 2015? Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I haven’t read it yet, and I don’t know if I’m going to put it on my to-read list either. It’s about the relationship between two people, told from both the main character’s perspectives in turn. Reviews from readers on Goodreads are mixed, some love it but others were very disappointed.
Sara Nelson, the Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com, had this to say about their decision: “Fates and Furies, our #1 pick of 2015, is a novel about a marriage from two different points of view, but it’s no linear ‘he said, she said.’ Groff’s language is electric and her ingenious plotting is fascinating and unlike anything I’ve read in years. Our editors adored it.”
Take a look at the entire top 10:
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Purity by Jonathan Franzen
- Hold Still by Sally Mann
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I haven’t read any of the books on this list, so now I’m feeling obligated to add all of them to my to-read list. And it’s already super long, so I’ve added them at the bottom. There are 22 debut authors in the Top 100, 6 of them in the Top 20. 24 of the Top 100 books are memoirs, 8 of them have animals in the title and 4 were written by entertainers.
Have you guys read any of these books? Are they worth reading, or a little oversold? Thanks for letting me know in the comments!