A lot has happened so far in 2020, much of it negative. But not all. While we were all buried in headlines about a rampaging virus, an uprising for social justice, and murder hornets (and meth gators, apparently), incredibly smart people have been quietly churning out excellent books on business, the economy, and leadership. 

Chances are good you were a bit distracted and missed many of them. But fear not. The Amazon editorial team has been on the case all this while, reading hundreds of titles and sorting the mediocre from the outstanding. They've just released their picks for the top 20 business books of the year so far. 

So if you've got a vacation bag to fill up with reading or are just looking to get a bit smarter while you're stuck at home this summer, consider picking up some of the titles below. 

  1. Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg. "A practical guide to introducing intentionally small changes into your routine that can lead to big results," according to Amazon's review. 

  2. Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty. "Nothing less than a global history of inequality and the stories that societies tell to justify it," says Wired

  3. Billionaire Wilderness by Justin Farrell. "A Yale sociology professor documents the class divide in Teton County, Wyoming," is the description from Publishers Weekly

  4. The Velvet Rope Economy by Nelson D. Schwartz. "From New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life," says Amazon. 

  5. Joy at Work by Marie Kondo. The Japanese tidying guru turns her attention to our cluttered workspaces. 

  6. Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol. "An engrossing read that's full of actionable insights," according to Wharton's Adam Grant

  7. Designing Your Work Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. "Burnett and Evans show how to apply Stanford's famous design principles to finding your place in the world," says NPR's Brian Lehrer.

  8. Leadership Is Language by L. David Marquet. Another favorite of Adam Grant who says it is "full of compelling advice on how to lead more effectively by choosing your words more wisely."

  9. The Passion Economy by Adam Davidson. "The brilliant creator of NPR's Planet Money podcast and award-winning New Yorker staff writer explains our current economy," says Amazon. 

  10. Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual by Jocko Willink. This one from a Navy SEAL veteran "explains how to take leadership theory, quickly translate that theory into applicable strategy, and then put leadership into action at a tactical level," according to Amazon. 

  11. The Future Is Faster Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. "A powerful and beautiful masterpiece outlining a compelling future for humanity," says Tony Robbins. 

  12. Arguing With Zombies by Paul Krugman. Amazon calls this one from the Nobel laureate "an accessible, compelling introduction to today's major policy issues."

  13. More Than Ready by Cecilia Muñoz. "Advice and inspiration for women of color seeking new heights of influence" is Amazon's description. 

  14. The Victory Machine by Ethan Sherwood Strauss. "An unvarnished inside account of the Golden State Warriors," says ESPN writer Jackie MacMullan. 

  15. Economic Dignity by Gene Sperling. "A timely and important new book ... It should be our North Star for the recovery and beyond," according to Hillary Clinton. 

  16. This Is Not a Fashion Story by Danielle Bernstein. "A revealing (in more ways than one) tell-all from Long Island girl-turned-international fashion influencer, designer, CEO, and tech entrepreneur Danielle Bernstein," says Amazon. 

  17. Very Important People by Ashley Mears. "A sociologist and former fashion model takes readers inside the elite global party circuit of 'models and bottles,'" says Amazon. Interesting interview with the author here.  

  18. The Price of Peace by Zachary D. Carter. A much praised new biography of economist John Maynard Keynes. 

  19. How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley. "Ridley constructs a fascinating theory of innovation, including its prehistoric roots, how it will shape the future, and what makes it successful," says Scientific American

  20. Upstream by Dan Heath. "If you want to stop firefighting problems and prevent them from happening in the first place, then you should read what Dan Heath has to say," best-selling author Charles Duhigg says recommending this book.