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In the nick of time for the Fourth of July, Amazon has released its “Best Books of 2015 So Far” list.

The Amazon Book team has culled through their list of Best Books of the Month to come up with this list of 20. That’s a tough task considering they had six months’ worth of releases to whittle down.

So what made the cut? Amazon book editors agreed that Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk is the hottest title to pick up now. A Best Book pick for March and New York Times bestseller, it has rave reviews across the board. Here’s a brief synopsis: After her father suddenly dies, MacDonald, an experienced falconer, decides to try and train a goshawk, one of the most vicious birds out there. The book follows her experiences mourning while trying to train this wild bird.

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That sounds pretty adventuresome and awesome, sort of in Cheryl Strayed’s Wild category. If you’re looking for something more science-minded, give David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers or Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari a shot.

Of course, Bill Gates already gave us his beach-read picks in May. Plenty of time to still pick one of those up.

Looks like there’s something here to suit any book lover’s taste. Have fun and get that Kindle loaded for the Fourth.

Amazon Books Best of the Year So Far

  1. H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald
  2. An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
  3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania, Erik Larson
  4. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, Jill Leovy
  5. The Sympathizer, Viet Than Nguyen
  6. All the Old Knives: A Novel, Olen Steinhauer
  7. Saint Mazie: A Novel, Jamie Attenberg
  8. The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  9. The Book of Speculation: A Novel, Erika Swyler
  10. Green on Blue: A Novel, Elliot Ackerman
  11. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  12. Golden Son: Book II of The Red Rising Trilogy, Pierce Brown
  13. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Jon Krakauer
  14. Dietland, Sarai Walker
  15. Orhan’s Inheritance, Aline Ohanesian
  16. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  17. The Wonder Garden, Lauren Acampora
  18. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris
  19. My Struggle: Book Four, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  20. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
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