Winter is arguably the best time for readers. The weather keeps you indoors most of the time, and the best-sellers hit the shelves in November, giving you plenty of books to help you hibernate through the cold months ahead. The holidays are also approaching, and if you need to stock up on a few books to have during your holiday travel schedule, or if you’re gifting books this year, you might need a few suggestions. The editors over on Amazon put together a list of the Best Books of 2019, and it can also serve as the perfect buying guide or gift guide.

The top book on the list of Best Books of 2019 is Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which is the follow-up sequel to her dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Previous winners of the annual list include Educated by Tara Westwood, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

There are 100 books on the list this year, and you can find Top 20 listings across a wide array of categories. That’s a perfect option if you’re looking for a good mystery or thriller, or if you’re shopping for children or young adults. To narrow down the thousands of books up for the award, the editors first choose the best books of every month, then chose the best books of the year.

You can shop the entire list of Best Books of 2019 at

“The Books Editorial team reads thousands of new releases every year, all with the goal of recommending the very best to our customers,” said Sarah Gelman, Editorial Director, Amazon Books. “This year there were so many great books from various genres. Our top 100 Best Books list includes books with clever satire, heartwarming memoirs and psychological thrillers. But as soon as we read it, it was clear that Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments was the book of the year. The sequel to the modern classic The Handmaid’s Tale enraptured our editorial team and readers across the globe with a dramatic continuation of goings-on in the dystopian Republic of Gilead. It’s so exciting to witness literary history being made, and Atwood has done just that with this deeply moving book.”

“I’m Canadian, where modesty is a requirement. So I’m mildly embarrassed, though absolutely delighted, to hear that the Amazon editorial team has chosen The Testaments as their book of the year,” said Margaret Atwood, author of The Testaments. “While I’m no prophet, we seem doomed to live in stressful times. A tale of hope and courage narrated by three strong female voices appears to have connected to this crucial 2019 moment.”

The Top Books of 2019:

  1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  2. The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  3. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
  4. Quichotte: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
  5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac
  7. City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker
  9. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  10. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Each year, Amazon also releases some great facts, gathered from its readers over the year. Using the Kindle version, the most highlighted quote from Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments was: “You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.” The company also stated that the Most Wished For book on the top 100 list was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, and Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. You can take that into consideration if you’re thinking about a gift this year. Amazon also told us that the Top Three best of the year selections that readers have used both Audible and Kindle interchangeably throughout are: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, and Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner.

You have 100 terrific options to choose from this year. If you decide to buy or gift a Kindle this year, you can read our 2019 Kindle Buying Guide to find the right one.

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