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10 Business Books You Must Read this Year

Since I read 200 books a year (mostly nonfiction), I’m always on the lookout for new, bold books to make a difference in my life. I’m also a particular sucker for business books, although I use that term loosely.

To me, a business book isn’t necessarily an investment tome, but rather a book about how to make use of the tools that the business world offers to make your life as a whole a happier, healthier place.

Without further ado, here are my top ten business picks for 2013. Read ‘em before 2013 is out, and you just may be smarter come the new year. (Here’s hoping, at least.)

  • Give and Take 1 of 10
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    One of my favorite new business discoveries of 2013 was Adam Grant, a Wharton professor (the youngest tenured professor in their history) with a penchant for showing you how giving is what will bring you long-term success. You'll be inspired to go out and give. ($12 Kindle)

  • To Sell is Human 2 of 10
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    Many business folks who don't work in sales have this silly idea that selling is something that just takes place in that other department. That couldn't be further from the truth, and the wonderful Daniel Pink will set you straight in this great read. ($10 Kindle)

  • The Power of Habit 3 of 10
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    The Wall Street Journal named Duhigg's bestseller, The Power of Habit, one of the best books of the year, and for good reason. It turns out that most of your success can be tied back to the habits you create in your life, and your ability to stick to those habits. My only regret? I listened to it on audiobook, which is sometimes a harder format to absorb meaty content. (Kindle, $13)

  • Quiet 4 of 10
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    In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, you've got an incredible gem to be treasured for generations. As a die-hard uber introvert, this book spoke to me like no other this year, explaining why I am the way I am and what I can do to live and succeed in a better manner. If you're not an introvert - this is still incredibly useful. Ask my extroverted mother, who read it to understand me;) (Kindle, $8.59)

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow 5 of 10
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    Thinking, Fast and Slow was not one of those books that everyone was recommending to me. But it was one I picked up, and I was grateful for doing so. Thinking is a busy business, and in our nonstop lives we often don't even find the time to understand how thinking works, and when it works best. This book will help guide you. (Kindle, $5)

  • Lean In 6 of 10
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    I was not the first person to read Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and I was also not the first to think I knew what it was all about. I'd seen the TED talk, I'd read the reviews. But reading this was a whole different ballgame. This book told great anecdotes, got personal, and reinforced with hard, cold facts some of the things that business school opened my eyes to. It's a hard world for women, indeed, but Sandberg has some great ideas on making it better. (Kindle, $13)

  • Daring Greatly 7 of 10
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    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, had been recommended to me too many times to count. I'd read about it everywhere, seen the author speak twice, and met her once as well. It was time. And boy was I late to the party. This is a wonderful tome about how vulnerability is the key to opening up a world of wonders. (Kindle, $10)

  • The $100 Startup 8 of 10
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    Everything Chris Guillebeau writes enthralls me, and for good reason. He's a funny, direct, powerful writer with a way for inspiring you to get out and get going. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future does that, and more, with just a $100 bill in hand;) (Kindle, $10)

  • The Lean Startup 9 of 10
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    Eric Ries's The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses takes a look at a huge topic on today's business world - excess and over-complication - and explains how getting rid of all of that can bring success to new heights. A great page-turning business tome. (Kindle, $11)

  • Start 10 of 10
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    Jon Acuff is a funny guy. And when a funny guy starts making waves in the business book world, it's hard to pull me away from my Kindle. Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape from Average and Do Work that Matters is a book to get you moving. At 5 AM, and throughout the day.  ;) (Kindle, $10)

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