A monthly post looking at what books Abnormal Returns readers purchased at Amazon in the prior month has become very popular with our readers. There was a lot of turnover this month due in part to posts up including a Q&A with Mebane Faber on shareholder yield and and a post up on the “mirage of financial literacy.” I should note that hardcover copies of the Abnormal Returns book are on deep discount over at Amazon, so if you don’t have a copy yet now is your chance. Below are the books (combined print and Kindle) that our readers purchased during May 2013:

The Top Ten

  1. Shareholder Yield: A Better Approach to Dividend Investing by Mebane Faber
  2. Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their Rationale by Ernest Chan
  3. The Art of Value Investing: How the World’s Best Investors Beat the Market by John Heins and Whitney Tilson
  4. Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere by Tadas Viskanta
  5. Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry by Helaine Olen
  6. The Plateau Effect: Getting from Stuck to Success by Hugh Thompson
  7. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn Glei
  8. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  9. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath
  10. Skating Where the Puck Was: The Correlation Game in a Flat World  by William J. Bernstein

The Next Ten (or so)

  1. The Big Trade: Simple Strategies for Maximum Market Returns by Peter Pham
  2. The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments That Drive the World’s Best Performing Portfolios by Bob Rice
  3. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  4. Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter
  5. Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn
  6. Inside the Black Box: A Simple Guide to Quantitative and High Frequency Trading by Rishi K. Narang
  7. Modern Security Analysis: Understanding Wall Street Fundamentals by Martin J. Whitman
  8. Quantitative Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Error by Wesley Gray and Tobias Carlisle
  9. The Ages of the Investor: A Critical Look at Life-Cycle Investing  by William J. Bernstein
  10. The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well by Camille Sweeney
  11. The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future by Michael Levi
  12. The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
  13. Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier

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.