Best Books of 2011

Top 100 Editors' Picks

Best Books of 2011

Arts & Photography

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Biographies & Memoirs

Business & Investing

Children's Books: Middle Readers

Children's Books: Picture Books

Comics & Graphic Novels

Cooking, Food & Wine

Crafts

Entertainment

Gay & Lesbian

History

Home & Garden

Literature & Fiction

Mystery & Thrillers

Nonfiction

Outdoors & Nature

Romance

Science

Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Biographies & Memoirs

Steve JobsSteve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's timely and complete portrait of the innovator, tops our list of the best Biographies & Memoirs of 2011. (Kindle Book | hardcover). See more:

Children's Picture Books

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Best-selling author Eric Carle's The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, a beautifully illustrated celebration of creativity and art, tops our list of the best Children's Picture Books for 2011. See more:

Children's Middle Grade Books

Okay for Now Gary D. Schmidt's Okay for Now, a powerful, funny, and unforgettable, coming-of-age story, tops our list of the best Children's Middle Grade Books for 2011. (Kindle Book | hardcover). See more:

Cooking, Food, & Wine

Modernist Cuisine Pushing the limits of culinary arts and photography, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking--a stunning six-volume set--tops our list of the best Cooking, Food, & Wine books of 2011, while Blood, Bones, & Butter heads the Kindle list. See more:

Best Sellers

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of…
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Dead Wake
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
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$28.00 $16.80
The Girl on the Train
3. Ranking has gone down in the past 24 hours 61 days in the top 100
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
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$26.95 $16.17

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The Girl on the Train
1. 63 days in the top 100
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
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$6.49
The Gemini
2. 6 days in the top 100
The Gemini Effect
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$4.99
Smash Cut
3. Ranking has gone up in the past 24 hours 54 days in the top 100
Smash Cut: A Novel
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$9.25

The Best Books of 2011

See the Amazon Editors' picks for the top 100 best books of the year, plus year-end top 10s in over two dozen categories

So many books. So many choices. We've held countless meetings and votes, we’ve pored over the books and occasionally poured our hearts out to get you this final Top 100. Don't just look at the Top 10 or 20. There are great books all up and down the Top 100 list. One of them might be the perfect read for you. Kindle Top 100 | Print Top 100

Best Books of 2011: The Top 20

1Q84 (Vintage International)
Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin, Philip...
Hardcover: $19.72

Best-Selling Books of 2011: Customer Favorites

Bossypants
Hardcover
$26.99 $20.92
Now You See Her
James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Hardcover
$27.99 $19.85

Best Books of 2011: Top Movers & Shakers

Best Books of 2011: Mystery & Thrillers

Best Books of 2011: Literature & Fiction

Best Books of 2011: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Best Books of 2011: Arts & Photography

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Andrew Bolton, Sølve Sundsbø, Tim...
Hardcover
$50.00 $33.33
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden...
Edmund de Waal
Paperback
$16.00 $10.27

Best Books of 2011: Romance

Best Books of 2011: Amazon.co.uk Editors' Picks

More About Amazon.com's Best Books of 2011

All year, Amazon.com's editorial team reads with an eye for the Best Books of the Month, plus the best books in popular categories like Cooking, Food & Wine books, Literature & Fiction, Children's books, Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, the best books for teens, and more. We scour reviews and book news for tips on what the earliest readers have loved, trade books amongst ourselves, and fan out to tear through as many of the best books as possible. Then we face off in a monthly Best Books Smackdown meeting to champion the books we think will resonate most with their readership.

In late October, we look forward through the year's end and back at all our favorites before casting our ballots for the Best Books of the Year. The titles that made our Best Books of 2011 lists are the keepers, the ones we couldn't forget. Many of our editorial picks for the best books are also customer favorites and bestsellers, but we strive to spotlight the best books you might not otherwise hear about, too.

The books included in Amazon's Best Books program are entirely editorial selections. We have great passion for uniting readers of all ages and tastes with their next favorite read, helping our customers find terrific gifts for booklovers, and drawing more attention to the best books by exceptional authors of all stripes.