Best Books of 2005

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s Top 10 books of 2005:

Fiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
Kafka on the ShoreHaruki Murakami
On BeautyZadie Smith
PrepCurtis Sittenfeld
SaturdayIan McEwan
VeronicaMary Gaitskill

Nonfiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
The Assassins’ Gate: America in IraqGeorge Packer
De Kooning: An American MasterDe Kooning: An American Master
The Lost PaintingJonathan Harr
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945Tony Judt
The Year of Magical ThinkingJoan Didion

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 2005

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction books of 2005:

TitleAuthor
Winner: GileadMarilynne Robinson
Finalist: An Unfinished SeasonWard Just
Finalist: War TrashHa Jin

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction books of 2005:

TitleAuthor
Winner: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001Steve Coll
Finalist: Maximum City: Bombay Lost and FoundSuketu Mehta
Finalist: The Devil’s Highway: A True StoryLuis Alberto Urrea

Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2005

Here are the top selling books on Amazon in 2005:

TitleAuthor
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJ.K. Rowling
2. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First CenturyThomas L. Friedman
3. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingStephen D. Levitt
4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’tJim Collins
5. The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini
6. A Million Little PiecesJames Frey
7. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingMalcolm Gladwell
8. 1776David McCullough
9. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceMalcolm Gladwell
10. A Purpose Driven LifeRick Warren

Note: Only considering adult fiction and nonfiction titles.