A monthly post looking at what books Abnormal Returns readers purchased at Amazon in the prior month is a great way to scan the month’s most popular finance and investing books. Readers this month roamed from strictly financial topics with purchases of Statistics Topics and Creativity, Inc. jumping into the top 10. Here are the books (combined print and Kindle) that our readers purchased most often during August 2014:

The Top 10

  1. Statistics Topics by Salil Mehta
  2. It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone by Robin Dreeke
  3. Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults by William Bernstein
  4. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
  5. Why Don’t We Learn from History? by B. H. Liddell Hart
  6. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly by William Bernstein
  7. Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere by Tadas Viskanta
  8. Fortune’s Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street by William Poundstone
  9. Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know about Money and Finance by Cullen Roche
  10. The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks

The Next 10

  1. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
  2. The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World by Russell Gold
  3. The Nature of Value: How to Invest in the Adaptive Economy by Nick Gogerty
  4. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
  5. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris
  6. Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody by William Poundstone
  7. The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski by Alex Belth
  8. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  9. Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter about Almost Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  10. Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations by Tobias E. Carlisle

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.