Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for August, 2020 – Atomic Habits by James Clear is still #1, in Pandemic America

What are people reading?

Each month, the New York Times publishes its list of best-selling business books, and I pass along the list each month on this blog.  I have always read a bunch of the books on each month’s list.  (There are relatively few “newer” books that make the list).

For over 22 years, I have hosted an event in Dallas, the First Friday Book Synopsis (although, currently, I am hosting the event on Zoom).  I present synopses of two books each month.  (In the past, I would present one book, and my former colleague, Karl Krayer, would present the other book.  For health reasons, Karl had to cease his participation, and I have been on my own in recent years).

For the last two months, I have broken my regular pattern, and presented one business book and one book dealing with racial issues..  I will continue with this pattern through October.

I feel a little adrift at the moment in my reading choices.  The traditional “this is how to be more successful in your business endeavors” books don’t quite seem to fit the moment.  Yes, I am referring to the Great Pandemic of 2020.  It has upended just about…everything.  So many traditional business themes – like customer service, employee experience, among others — are not quite right for the moment.

Atomic HabitsBut why not keep reading?  Maybe we can sort of stockpile our learning for better days ahead.

On this month’s New York Times list, Atomic Habits is still at the top spot.  I think maybe it is a Great Pandemic of 2020 must-read.

Of the ten books on this month’s list, we have presented synopses of seven of them at our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis events.  I have presented synopses of :  Atomic Habits, Dare to Lead, Extreme Ownership. Outliers, and The Ride of a Lifetime. My former colleague Karl Krayer presented synopses of Grit and Thinkmg, Fast and Slow. 

I can affirm that these seven books are all differently worth your time.  (I am unfamiliar with the other three).

Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for August, 2020.  Click over to their site for more information, including links to reviews of a few of the books.

Outliers first became a best seller when FDR was president, I think... (OK; not quite that long ago!)

Outliers first became a best seller when FDR was president, I think… (OK; not quite that long ago!)

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova

#3 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#4 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#5 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#6 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

#7 — Grit by Angela Duckworth
#8 – 
I Will Teach You to be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi
#9 – Traffic Secrets by Russell Brunson
#10 – The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger


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