Samuel Johnson once said: “Books, like friends, should be few and well-chosen.” When we release our annual list of the Best Books, we’re often asked about trends. Some of the most celebrated literary works of all time focus on romantic relationships. Platonic friendships seem to finally be given their due, something that will be especially evident when you read our top pick, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.
If there is one lesson all of us have learned in the past few years, it’s how essential making and maintaining these kinds of connections is—the importance of connection in general. Fortunately there are far more than a few amazing books published, that hit that message home. And we are only too happy to help you choose them.
Below you’ll find our top 10 from the Amazon Editors’ overall favorites, plus recommendations and gift ideas for fans of literary fiction, biographies, romance, science fiction, history, mystery, and more.