Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for April, 2020 – Atomic Habits by James Clear is at #1

Atomic HabitsThe New York Times has published its list of best-selling books for April, 2020.  Atomic Habits by James Clear is at the top spot.

I think this makes sense. So many of us are trying to take what control we can during these circumstances, as we stay at home, work from home, and just…survive…at home.  We need all the help we can get with building and maintaining good habits.

Here’s a personal observation:  for over 22 + years, we have presented synopses of business books at our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  Two books, every month, for over 22 years.  Last Friday, I presented only one synopsis; and our gathering was remote/virtual.

I will do this again for May.  (I am deciding whether or not to present one book or two).  But, as to my problem:  “regular” business books do not quite feel appropriate or timely.  Last Friday, I presented Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath, and it was absolutely timely.  But, otherwise, I’m having difficulty choosing books that feel right for the moment we face.

But, hopefully, things will return to normal soon, and ”regular” business books will provide needed great value and insight again.

I presented my synopsis of Jocko Willink's new book just a couple of months ago

I presented my synopsis of Jocko Willink’s new book just a couple of months ago

Back to this month’s list:  each month, the New York Times publishes a list of the top ten best-selling business books.  Of the ten, I have presented synopsis of four of them, and my former colleague, Karl Krayer, presented synopses of two others.  I presented Atomic Habits, Dare to Lead, Outliers, and Leadership Strategy and Tactics.  Karl presented Thinking, Fast and Slow, and Grit.

Note:  this month’s list includes three books by women authors.  This is a higher percentage than usual.  — We’ve presented two of these three.

Here is the list of best-selling business books for April, 2020 from the New York TimesClick over to their site for links to reviews of a few of these:

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ by Suze Orman
#3 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#4 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#5 – Dark Towers by David Enrich
#6 – Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty
#7 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#8 – Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink
#9 – The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
#10 – Grit by Angela Duckworth


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