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 of 2005: Top Editors' Picks in Music

The votes are in, and Amazon.ca's music staff has made its selection of the very best CDs of 2005. Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, an earnest and whimsical young man who aims to record an album based on every state in the union, tops the list with his latest venture, Illinois. Lavish praise has been heaped upon this precocious twentysomething, who weaves personal recollections, historical narratives, and strange facts together to create lush portraits of Midwestern life. More top picks:

Top Editors' Picks in Music 2005

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

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