Half the fun of reading is talking about what books make you think, feel, and learn with friends and coworkers.
But that conversation will be a lot more interesting if you’re reading the same thing.
We went through the top 50 Amazon bestsellers and grabbed 10 of the most popular, critically acclaimed books on the site across a variety of genres. We skipped children’s books and super-niche reads.
Amazon’s list is updated hourly, and every single one also happens to appear on the New York Time bestseller list.
So you can be sure someone will want to talk about it.
'#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.
'Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.'
'You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,' by Jen Sincero
'In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-travelling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
'If you're ready to make some serious changes around here, 'You Are a Badass' will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them -- it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.'
'Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy,' by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
'After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. 'I was in 'the void,'' she writes, 'a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.'
'Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.'
'In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food.
'Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.'
'A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father -- 'One of the Boys' is 176 perfect, stunning pages by a major new talent.
'The three of them -- a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father -- have won the war: the father's term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together. '
'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life,' by Mark Manson
'For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. 'F**k positivity,' Mark Manson says. 'Let's be honest, sh** is f**ked and we have to live with it.'
'In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is -- a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today' The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k' is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.'
'In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet -- sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city.
'When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors -- doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through ...'
'The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate -- Discoveries from a Secret World,' by Peter Wohlleben
'In 'The Hidden Life of Trees,' Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware.
'Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group.
'As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. '
''Hillbilly Elegy' is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis -- that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.'
'A feel-good story in the spirit of 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' and 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand,' Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. 'If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year,' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down' (Booklist, starred review).'
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