A monthly post looking at what books Abnormal Returns readers purchased at Amazon in the prior month has become very popular with our readers. It serves as a great list for readers looking for investment-related books for everyone on their holiday list. The top two books on the list were the subject of one our Amazon Money and Markets blog posts. Nearly 48% of purchases were of a single copy so I have omitted them. Below are the books (combined print and Kindle) that our readers purchased for December 2012:

The Bestsellers

  1. Skating Where the Puck Was: The Correlation Game in a Flat World  by William J. Bernstein
  2. The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
  3. Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere by Tadas Viskanta
  4. Market Sense and Nonsense: How the Markets Really Work (and How They Don’t) by Jack Schwager
  5. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  6. Mastery by Robert Greene
  7. The Trend Following Bible: How Professional Traders Compound Wealth and Manage Risk by Andrew Abraham
  8. Quantitative Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Error by Wesley Gray and Tobias Carlisle
  9. The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards

The Rest

  1. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven H. Strogatz
  2. 48 and Counting: A Story of Money, Love and Bicycling by Jonathan Clements
  3. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  4. Hedge Fund Market Wizards by Jack Schwager
  5. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiousity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
  6. The Art & Science of Technical Analysis: Market Structure, Price Action & Trading Strategies by Adam Grimes
  7. The Hour Between Wolf and Dog: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust by John Coates
  8. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward and Delusion on Wall Street by Justin Fox
  9. The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off by Justin Yifu Lu
  10. The Value Investors: Lessons from the World’s Top Fund Managers by Ronald Chan
  11. Jackass Investing: Don’t do it. Profit from it. by Michael Dever
  12. Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov
  13. The Ages of the Investor: A Critical Look at Life-Cycle Investing  by William J. Bernstein
  14. The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick by Benoit Mandelbrot
  15. The Little Book of Behavioral Investing: How Not to be Your Worst Enemy by James Montier
  16. The Missing Risk Premium: Why Low Volatility Investing Works by Eric Falkenstein
  17. The Zeitgeist Investor: Unlocking The Mind of the Market by Tim Richards
  18. What’s Behind the Numbers?: A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery and Avoiding Huge Losses in Your Portfolio by John Del Vecchio

Thanks again to everyone who purchased a copy of my book or any other book (or item) during the month. Did you find something interesting to read this month? If so, leave a comment to give every one a head’s up.

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