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16 Books on Amazon Prime More Entertaining Than Netflix

by Caroline Harris

16 Books on Amazon Prime More Entertaining Than Netflix
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Picture this: You made it to the end of your Netflix queue and your eyes are glazing over. According to Instagram, you’ve seen all new posts from the last two days. You know you should step away from the screens, but how else are you going to keep yourself entertained at home? Why, with a book, of course!

 

Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to read more, or maybe you haven’t picked up a book since high school English class. Regardless, we have you covered with the best of the best when it comes to engaging page turners. Here, we rounded up the best books on Amazon Prime that are available to ship with same-day delivery so you can have endless amusement at your door ASAP. Our selections are divided by genre to satisfy all you poetry lovers, hopeless romantics, and true crime junkies out there.

 

These entertaining stories featuring everything from murder mysteries to swashbuckling adventures. Lose yourself in tales of prowling panthers, small town secrets, and ill-fated romances. Bring a book into your next bubble bath or form an aesthetically pleasing book stack like the one below. (You can follow #bookstagram on Instagram for more literary inspiration.)

 

 

Several of these books, like “Gone Girl” and “Me Before You,” have been turned into popular movie adaptations, which means you’ll actually be able to weigh in on whether the book was better than the movie. After all, as soon as “Little Women” hit theaters, people rushed to read the book so they could join in on the book vs movie debate.

 

These books will have you settling into a reading binge that rivals your previous Netflix double-feature sessions. Discover the best books on Amazon Prime to release your inner bookworm, below. 

 

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Best Mystery

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Kya Clark is a “Marsh Girl,” living an isolated life on the coast of North Carolina and misunderstood by the local townspeople. When the dreamy Chase Andrews is found dead, everyone assumes Kya killed him. But there is so much more lingering beneath the surface, especially when Kya is swept up in a love triangle with two men.

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Best Romance

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark lives an ordinary life until she takes a job working for Will Traynor, a rich and powerful man who is wheelchair bound after a horrible accident. Will is difficult, with unpredictable mood swings and a bossy streak. But as Louisa gets to know Will better, she discovers he may not be as hard-hearted as he seems.

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Best Thriller

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This gripping tale tracks the disappearance of Amy Dunne, who vanishes on her fifth-year wedding anniversary to Nick Dunne. Amy is a golden girl whose disappearance sparks a media and police frenzy. Under the spotlight, Nick acts bizarrely, but did he kill Amy?

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Best Biography

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama made history as the first African American first lady of the United States. She advocated for women’s rights and inspired Americans to lead healthier lives during her time in the White House. Her memoir catalogues how her experiences from growing up on the South Side of Chicago to being a high-powered attorney shaped her into the woman she is today.

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Best Science Fiction

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Meet Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books, an illegal commodity in his dystopian world. Montag never questions why books are banned or why everyone around him is addicted to TV — until he meets his unconventional neighbor, Clarisse.

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Best Young Adult Fiction

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Emira Tucker is a young, black babysitter working for a wealthy white woman named Alix Chamberlain. One night while watching Alix’s two-year-old, Emira is accused of kidnapping the toddler. A crowd gathers, a bystander films the interaction, and the video goes viral. Read on for powerful meditations on race, privilege, and prejudice in America.

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Best Fantasy

Dune by Frank Herbert

This epic tale is set on a barren, desert planet called Arrakis. Paul Atreides is next in line to rule, as his noble family members did before him. On planet Arrakis, the only treasure is “melange,” a drug for living longer and heightening consciousness. Read Dune now before the movie adaptation starring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet hits theatres in December 2020.

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Best Humor

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants recalls some of her most hilarious adventures, like passionately courting her college crush and having some serious mishaps on her honeymoon. For fans of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, Bossypants is a must-read.

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Best Poetry

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong’s debut memoir, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, was an instant New York Times bestseller. But before that, Vuong wrote beautiful poems about self-preservation, survival, and the immigrant experience. This poetry collection is Vuong at his finest, featuring probing insights like “loneliness is still time spent with the world.”

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Best Short Story

Florida by Lauren Groff

This short story collection pays tribute to Groff’s Florida, a land of crocodiles, panthers, and venomous snakes where danger lurks around every corner. The stories are dramatic, transporting readers into a dreamlike version of the Sunshine State.

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Best Graphic Novel

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Dive into Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling graphic memoir about coming-of-age during the Islamic Revolution. She reflects upon what it was like growing up surrounded by political upheaval and social unrest. Satrapi’s poignant pictures and prose make this book a classic.

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Best True Crime

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

In 2015, Brock Turner sexually assaulted Chanel Miller behind a dumpster on Stanford University’s campus. Turner was found guilty, but he only served six months in a county jail. Now, Miller is reclaiming her story in a moving memoir about trauma, healing, and how we think about sexual assault.

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Best Self Help

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the New York Times best-seller Outliers, is back at it with an insightful commentary on how we interact with strangers. He discusses the societal ill of misjudging strangers, using the examples of the Amanda Knox trial and the death of Sandra Bland.

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Best Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Shaker Heights, Cleveland, is an idyllic suburban neighborhood — until houses start going up in flames. Are these unfortunate accidents? Is there an arsonist on the loose? It seems like everyone in Shaker Heights has something to hide, and who knows what will happen if those secrets are revealed. Read Little Fires Everywhere, then check out the TV adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon.

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Best Memoir

Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover didn’t start her formal education until she was seventeen. Her parents were Idaho survivalists who isolated her from mainstream society. This fascinating memoir explores the lengths one woman will go to in her quest to become educated — as well as what she learns (and doesn’t learn) in the classrooms of Harvard and Cambridge universities.

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Best Creative Nonfiction

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem is one of the most celebrated essay collections of all time for its razor-sharp descriptions of Haight-Ashbury hippies, Hollywood legends, and abducted heiresses. Journey from New York City to San Francisco in essays that capture the culture of 1960s America.