Loved It/Hated It:
Customer Reviews of Our Top 10

Five vs. One You know we loved the books in our Editors' Top 100. But what did other readers think? Check out the favorable and critical customer reviews for our top 10 books that other customers rated "most helpful" and decide for yourself what's the best book for you. (And then write your own review!):

Best Book Videos of 2008

Paper Towns 2008 was the year when every author was suddenly told, "We need you to do a video for your book." And they're getting the hang of it: here are our favorites among the hundreds of videos we've added to our book pages this year (you can also watch them in rotation below):

The Best Books of 2008 on Your Kindle

With over 240,000 books available for immediate download on the Amazon Kindle 2, it's no surprise that most of our top 100 editors' picks and customer favorites (over three-quarters, in fact) are available for your Kindle. See our list of the Kindle-ready editors' picks and customer favorites.
Best of 2008 Welcome to the Best Books of 2008. The big news of the year may have been the endlessly dramatic presidential election and the financial meltdown, but the stories we were drawn to included a father's searing portrait of his daughter's sudden madness, a vivid history of an even more chaotic political era, and two thrilling new novels that find Shakespearean echoes in the most American of stories. And our editors' pick as the best book of the year, Philip Hensher's brilliantly imagined novel, The Northern Clemency, took us inside the ordinary and extraordinary lives of two families in Sheffield, England, a place we knew little about but now feel we know intimately.

You'll find many more great books for readers of all ages and interests in our top 100 editors' and customers' lists, as well as our year-end top 10s in dozens of categories, including two new lists this year: our favorite book videos and covers of the year.
Top 100 Editors' Picks
Out of the thousands of new releases that came into our cubicles this year, we've chosen our 100 favorites, from an elegant pop-up alphabet and a deliciously dishy guide to fragance to an enthralling biography of an iconic leader and an encyclopedic history of a sport and the world that plays it. Here's our top 10:
The Northern Clemency

1. The Northern Clemency
Hurry Down Sunshine

2. Hurry Down Sunshine

3. Nixonland
The Forever War

4. The Forever War
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Likeness

6. The Likeness

7. Serena
So Brave, Young, and Handsome

8. So Brave, Young, and Handsome
The Lazarus Project

9. The Lazarus Project
The Ten-Cent Plague

10. The Ten-Cent Plague
See all the books in our Top 100 Editors' Picks
Top 100 Customer Favorites
Our top 100 customer favorites are ranked according to customer orders on through October. (Only books published for the first time in 2008 are eligible.) The list starts with these bestsellers:
Breaking Dawn

1. Breaking Dawn
The Last Lecture

2. The Last Lecture

3. Brisingr
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

4. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Tales of Beedle the Bard

5. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Appeal

6. The Appeal
When You Are Engulfed in Flames

7. When You Are Engulfed in Flames
In Defense of Food

8. In Defense of Food
The Revolution

9. The Revolution
The Host

10. The Host
See all the books in our Top 100 Customer Favorites
Featured Categories: Top 10 Lists
We've put our top 10 editors' category picks side-by-side with the bestselling new books in those categories during 2008. Follow the link to either list and then, when you're there, click over to the other to compare.
Top 10 Editors' Picks

Arts & Photography
A Platter of Figs

Cooking, Food & Wine
The Underneath

Middle Readers

Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing

Top 10 Customer Favorites
The Last Lecture CD

Predictably Irrational

Business & Investing
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly

Picture Books
The Hollow

My Stroke of Insight


Go Ahead and Judge: The Best Book Covers of 2008