30 Hot Books for Your Backlog (October)

I love reading books; I love doing research; And I love making lists. So why not publish a regular backlog of new books that (I think) would be great to add to your reading backlog?

This is the third edition of this list. You can find the September list here. It’s important to know that I haven’t read most of these books. This list is calculated from the number of reviews and average ratings on GoodReads, my own evaluations, the age of the books, and the position of the stars. I strongly believe that these new books are worth your consideration. So, here they are. My 30 reading tips for October! (plus 5 extra)

(Click on the book cover to navigate to Amazon.)

TM LM Title Author(s) Pub Amazon
1 You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) Felicia Day Aug 15
2 2 Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives Gretchen Rubin Mar 15
3 1 Elon Musk: Inventing the Future Ashlee Vance Jan 15
4 3 The Road to Character David Brooks Apr 15
5 13 Rising Strong: The Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution Brené Brown Aug 15
6 6 Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead Laszlo Bock Apr 15
7 16 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Elizabeth Gilbert Sep 15
8 5 A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman Apr 15
9 15 Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World General Stanley McChrystal May 15
10 12 Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. Aliza Licht May 15
11 18 The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5 Taylor Pearson Jun 15
12 7 Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler Feb 15
13 8 Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World Bruce Schneier Mar 15
14 10 Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics Richard H. Thaler May 15
15 14 Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter Mar 15
16 9 Do Over: Everything You Need to Get Unstuck at Work Jon Acuff Apr 15
17 30 Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future Paul Mason Jul 15
18 Why We Work Barry Schwartz Sep 15
19 Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will Geoff Colvin Aug 15
20 23 Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies Cesar Hidalgo Jun 15
21 Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice Todd Henry Aug 15
22 Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business Paul Downs Aug 15
23 25 The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life Bernard Roth Jul 15
24 Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want Tess Vigeland Aug 15
25 The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time Alex Korb Mar 15
26 We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business Daniel Korschun, Grant Welker Aug 15
27 Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Jerry Kaplan Aug 15
28 Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval Sep 15
29 29 The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs Kyra Maya Phillips, Alexa Clay Jun 15
30 Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work – and Your Life Scott G. Halford May 15

TM = This Month
LM = Last Month
Pub = Publication Date

The following books were unable to make it into the list above. But, being the generous person that I am, I will offer them the spotlight anyway:

Tip Title Author(s) Pub Amazon
1 Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era Tony Wagner, Ted Dintersmith Aug 15
2 The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together Jennifer B. Kahnweiler Aug 15
3 The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers Gillian Tett Sep 15
4 Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time Jeffrey Pfeffer Sep 15
5 Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses Joe Pulizzi Sep 15

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Image credit: (c) 2008 David Orban, Creative Commons 2.0

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