Top 10 Best Selling Non-Fiction Books Of All Time

Since books are so expensive these days, do you wonder what titles people are willing to spend their money on?  Amazon has compiled a list of their all time top selling non-fiction books.  Luckily for those who don’t want to shell out the money, our library owns most of them.

strengthStrengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath (ebook).  To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents.


unbrokenUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hildebrand. Tells the gripping true story of a U.S. airman who was the soul survivor when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II and had to face thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.

who moved my cheeseWho Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson. Relates a highly meaningful parable intended to help one deal with change quickly and prevail, offering readers a simple way to progress in their work and lives.


good to greatGood to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins. The author uses his research on the Fortune 500 to create a blueprint for turning good companies into spectacular ones.


steve jobsSteve Jobs – Walter Isaacson. Draws on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, as well as interviews with family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues to offer a look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.


boys in the boatThe Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown. Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.

life changing magicThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo. Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

7 habitsThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey.  A leading management consultant outlines seven organizational rules for improving effectiveness and increasing productivity at work and at home.


american sniperAmerican Sniper –  Chris Kyle.  A member of Navy SEAL Team 3 describes his life as a father and husband, and as the serviceman with the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the United States military while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The Tipping Pointtipping point – Malcolm Gladwell.  An introduction to the Tipping Point theory explains how minor changes in ideas and products can increase their popularity and how small adjustments in an individual’s immediate environment can alter group behavior.


The next 10 top selling titles are:  Lone Survivor – Marcus Lutrell; Killing Lincoln – Bill O’Reilly; How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie; Proof of Heaven – Eben Alexander; The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls; Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain; Bossypants – Tina Fey; Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell; Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Amazon Names Their Best Books of 2013 So Far

With 2013 half over,  Amazon has chosen their top 10 books of the year so far (Jan-Jun). Their picks and brief summaries:

  1.  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson– What if you could be born again and again?  This brilliant, multi-layered novel answers that question as Atkinson’s protagonist moves through multiple lives, each one an iteration on the last, flirting with the balance between choice and fate.
  2. The Son by Phillipp Meyer – A multigenerational Western spanning the 1800s Comanche raids in Texas to the 20th century oil boom, The Son is a towering achievement.
  3. Frozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff – Two adventures in one …recounting the 1942 crash (and subsequent struggle to survive) of a U.S. cargo plane crew in Greenland, and describing the author’s own participation in a modern-day mission to uncover the mystery behind their disappearance.
  4. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – The characters in this novel pulse with life as Wolitzer follows a group of teenagers who meet at a summer camp for artsy teens in 1974 and work to maintain their friendship through the competitions and realities of growing up.
  5. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Following The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini has written another masterwork, one that moves through war, separation, birth, death, deceit, and love – illustrating how people’s actions, even the seemingly selfless ones, are shrouded in ambiguity.
  6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This Young Adult novel about two kids who fall in love on a bus is sweet without being saccharine.  And it’s a story adults can love, too.
  7. Gulp by Mary Roach – Roach is about as entertaining a science writer as you’ll find, and this book about how we ingest food will make you think, laugh, and wince as she covers all things alimentary.
  8. After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey – Unfolding like a novel, this nonfiction gem starts with journalist Hainey uncovering inconsistencies within his own journalist father’s obituary – and while the truth behind the death will eventually be uncovered, greater truths await for Hainey, ones that will change the way he views the past and the present.
  9. Tenth of December by George Saunders – Saunders’ first collection of short stories in six years introduces his ironic, absurd, profound, and funny style to an army of new readers.
  10. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – This enchanting debut, set mostly in turn-of-the-century Manhattan, is both a well-researched historical novel and a spectacular work of fantasy.

To see Amazon’s list of top books in other categories, click here.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?