Best Books 2013

The 20 Best Books I Read in 2013

These are the 20 best books I read in 2013, ranked by number of highlights on Amazon Kindle.

How should I rank the best non-fiction books? Based on the number of stars I gave them? How quickly I finished them? How often I talked about them? No!

The value of a non-fiction book is in the number of things I marked as interesting.

Thus, I hereby give you an overview of the 20 best books I read in 2013, ranked by number of highlights on Amazon Kindle (shown in the 2nd column). I’m sure there’s something in this list you’ll find valuable too!

# Title – Author Year Rating
1 79 Search and Social: The Definitive Guide to Real-Time Content Marketing – Rob Garner 2012 5/5
2 66 Punished by Rewards – Alfie Kohn 1999 5/5
3 64 Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman 2011 4/5
4 58 Contagious: Why Things Catch On – Jonah Berger 2013 5/5
5 53 Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Why They Backfire and What to Do Instead – Tom Coens, Mary Jenkins 2002 4/5
6 53 To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing, and Influencing Others – Daniel H. Pink 2013 3/5
7 52 Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an Author – Chuck Sambuchino 2012 4/5
8 48 Influence – Robert B. Cialdini 2006 5/5
9 45 The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise? – Chris Brogan 2012 3/5
10 41 Who am I?: 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions Define Our Persona: 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions Define Our Persona – Steven Reiss 2000 4/5
11 39 Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing – Lee Odden 2012 4/5
12 39 APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book – Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch 2012 4/5
13 37 Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder – Nassim Nicholas Taleb 2012 5/5
14 36 Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal – Oren Klaff 2011 4/5
15 29 Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Let’s Get Publishing) – David Gaughran 2011 4/5
16 27 The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom – Jonathan Haidt 2006 4/5
17 26 The Halo Effect: … and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers – Phil Rosenzweig 2007 5/5
18 22 The Decision to Trust: How Leaders Create High-Trust Organizations – Robert F. Hurley 4/5 2011
19 21 Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business – John Mackey, Rajendra Sisodia 2012 4/5
20 19 The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works – Ricardo Semler 2004 4/5

Also see: The 12 Best Books I Read in 2012

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