Amazon editors say this is the best book of 2022 (so far): ‘A charming, warmhearted read!’

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Summer is officially here, and that means we’re about halfway through the year. With that in mind, some brands have accumulated enough data to create substantial “best of” lists – and Amazon is among the first to kick things off with its list of the best books of 2022 (so far).

On June 15, Amazon book publishers released their list of the top 10 books of the year (January through June). by Shelby Van Pelt Remarkably bright creaturesa novel which, according to the publishers, “delivers a message about love and loss”, snagged the top spot.

Remarkably shiny creatures: A novel by Shelby Van Pelt

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Hand-curated by Amazon Book Editors, the list features a mix of bestsellers that buyers and publishers have loved. It also offers new and obscure titles.

Editors scoured thousands of pages and hundreds of books in popular categories like literary fiction, mystery and thrillers, romance, history, biographies and memoirs, cookbooks, and even books for children.

Amazon Books editorial director Sarah Gelman said the committee agreed Shelby Van Pelt’s “stunning debut” Remarkably bright creaturesdeserved the top spot simply because it’s “entirely original”.

“He somehow manages to be everything at the same time: sweet, poignant, funny and wise,” she said in a statement. “I still miss these characters, but especially the wise octopus at the center of the story.”

Book reviews and trade publications also can’t help but rave about Remarkably bright creatures. The Washington Post describes it as “an ultimately enjoyable but deceptively sensitive start to what it feels like to have the love taken away from you”. Kirkus Reviews also makes it clear that it’s “a novel about a woman who befriends an octopus” before adding that it’s “a charming and warm read”.

If you want to find out what else made the list, find the top 10 best books of 2022 (so far) as chosen by Amazon’s book editors below:

  1. Remarkably bright creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

  2. What My Bones Know: A Memoir on Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo

  3. All my rage by Saba Tahir

  4. The maid by Nita Prose

  5. River of the gods: genius, courage and betrayal in the search for the source of the Nile by Candice Millard

  6. Chemistry class by Bonnie Garmus

  7. Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

  8. sea ​​of ​​tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

  9. Half-shot Rose by Leesa Bross Smith

  10. Hello, Molly! : A memoir by Molly Shannon

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