Best of 2005

Editors' Picks: Books, Music, and DVDs

Best Books of 2005: Editors' Picks in Fiction

Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, a brilliantly unsettling story of a contemporary Britain whose slight dissimilarity to the one we know becomes clearer as the tale progresses, is perhaps the best novel yet by one of the United Kingdom's finest writers, and it tops our list of the best fiction of 2005. Our top five:

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Best Books of 2005: Customers' Favourites in Nonfiction

Freakonomics, the debut collaboration between "rogue economist" Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, came out of nowhere to top our list of the bestselling nonfiction books on Amazon.ca in 2005 (in the meantime, leaving a trail of "The dismal science isn't dismal anymore!" headlines behind). Our customers' top five:

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Best Books of 2005: Customers' Favourites in Fiction

Our list of the bestselling new fiction on Amazon.ca in 2005 is topped by two books written for younger readers that older ones have been gobbling up as well and reading without shame on subway cars and buses throughout Canada: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the second-to-last volume in J.K. Rowling's remarkable series, and Eldest, the second book by young phenom Christopher Paolini. Customers' top five:

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Best Games of 2005

The time has come to sit back, reflect on the year that's passed, and then judge the heck out of it. Thus, we present to you our editors' picks for the Best Games of 2005.

Best Books of 2005: Editors' Picks in Nonfiction

For months we have been passing around Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, accompanied by the word wow. Her witheringly exact account of a daughter's illness, a husband's sudden death, and a wife and mother's bewildering grief is our choice for the top book on our list of the best nonfiction of 2005. Our top five:

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Best of 2005: Customers' Favourite Games

This year, Amazon.ca's gaming customers just couldn't get enough of Katamari Damacy which heads the list of bestselling PlayStation2 games. More favourites:

Best of 2005: Customers' Favourites in Music

This year, Amazon.ca's music customers just couldn't get enough of Coldplay's X&Y, which heads the list of top sellers for 2005. More favourites:

Customers' favourites of 2005 in music

Customers' Favourites: Books, Music, and DVDs

Customers' Favourites: Computer & Video Games