Zevin’s novel, which also made Kirkus’ list of the best books of the year, follows a trio of friends who meet in college and go on to design video games. Sarah Gelman, Amazon Books’ editorial director, praised it as “a simply perfect book about the complexities of human relationships, the importance of human connection, the innocence and optimism of youth, our journey with technology, and the many shades of love.”
Coming in at No. 2 was Javier Zamora’s Solito, a memoir about the author’s journey from El Salvador to the U.S. when he was 9. Johann Hari’s Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention—and How To Think Deeply Again took the No. 3 spot, followed by Stephen King’s Fairy Tale and Geraldine Brooks’ Horse.
Rounding out the top 10 were Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Carrie Soto Is Back, Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead, Celeste Ng’s Our Missing Hearts, Jonathan Freedland’s The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz To Warn the World, and Don Winslow’s City on Fire.
Amazon also named its top children’s book of the year: Kwame Alexander’s The Door of No Return. Seira Wilson, an editor at Amazon, praised the book as “a brilliant work of storytelling that moves you with joy, fear, sadness, hope, and love for the brave, resilient boy at its heart.”
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.