Best Books of 2009Let the Great World SpinStrength in What RemainsWolf HallBrooklynBeautiful CreaturesCrazy for the StormThe Girl Who Played with FireThe City and the CityStitchesThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Best of the Decade: 2000-2009

Books of the Decade
Look back on 10 years of reading, from The Tipping Point to The Help, from Zadie Smith to Stieg Larsson, in our Books of the Decade Store, including bestselling books and authors, editors' picks, and a year-by-year tour of the books we loved and the authors we lost and discovered.

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The Best Book Covers of 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
After weeks of voting and tens of thousands of ballots submitted, Amazon customers have chosen the Best Book Cover of 2009: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, cover designed by Doogie Horner. See all 60 of our original nominees, and read our updates on the voting results for the first round and the finals on Omnivoracious, the Amazon books blog.

Best of 2008 Now in Paperback

The Northern Clemency
Still catching up with last year's best books? In the year since we announced our favorites for 2008, most of our Top 100 editors' picks have come out in paperback. Start your browsing with last year's book of the year, Philip Hensher's The Northern Clemency.

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Best Book Videos of 2009

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters Every book, it seems, now has a video trailer, but not all of them rise to the occasion the way these 2009 favorites of ours have. Whether it's with period costume and surprising props, imaginative animation, or nothing more than an author who can really tell a story (or a bad joke), each of them made us want to read the book they told us about:




Welcome to the Best Books of 2009, our choices for the very best out of a year's worth of reading. You'll find 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. Topping our own list is our book of the year, Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann's gorgeous and moving novel of New York City in the '70s, set against the backdrop of Philippe Pettit's Twin Tower tightrope crossing.

Top 100 Editors' Picks
We know: ranking books is crazy. How, for example, do you compare a 32-page picture book warning you, charmingly, of the world's most dangerously cute creatures with a 1,344-page intensely personal history of the California-Mexico border? Well, in our top 100 editors' picks we've done just that, and more. The bottom line? Whatever the order, these are the books we've loved the best this year. Start browsing with our top 10:
Let the Great World Spin

1. Let the Great World Spin
Strength in What Remains

2. Strength in What Remains
Wolf Hall

3. Wolf Hall
Brooklyn

4. Brooklyn
Beautiful Creatures

5. Beautiful Creatures
Crazy for the Storm

6. Crazy for the Storm
The Girl Who Played with Fire

7. The Girl Who Played with Fire
The City and the City

8. The City & the City
Stitches

9. Stitches
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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Top 100 Customer Favorites
Our top 100 customer favorites are ranked according to customer orders on Amazon.com through October. (Only books published for the first time in 2009 are eligible.) The list starts with these bestsellers:
The Lost Symbol

1. The Lost Symbol
Liberty and Tyranny

2. Liberty and Tyranny
Glenn Beck's Common Sense

3. Glenn Beck's Common Sense
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

4. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
The Help

5. The Help
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide

6. Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Dead and Gone

9. Dead and Gone
The Last Olympian

8. The Last Olympian
Cook Yourself Thin

10. Cook Yourself Thin
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Editors' Top 10: Literature & Fiction

Editors' Picks: Children's Books

Never Smile at a Monkey
When You Reach Me
Beautiful Creatures

Customers' Top 10: Mystery & Thrillers

Customers' Favorites: Top 10s

True Compass
The Lost City of Z