Read 365 books this year, advises one CEO. Or at least get through 100, suggests another. Experts might not agree on an exact number to aim for, but ask just about any super accomplished person--from Bill Gates to Warren Buffett--for the secret of his or her success, and most will mention reading.
Of course, if you take their advice and aim to devour so many books, you're going to need a whole lot of book suggestions. We've sent plenty your way already here on Inc.com, from Mark Zuckerberg's book club picks to Tim Ferriss's offbeat recommendations. But if you want a list of ideas that matches the scale of even the most audacious reading ambitions, Amazon is the place to go.
The online megastore has more data than anyone about what titles are well loved, and the company's editors recently combed through that information, compiling a monster list of 100 books on success and leadership they feel nearly everyone could benefit from reading.
"We chose books to help people plan for their futures and/or deal better with their present," commented Chris Schluep, senior books editor for Amazon. "It was definitely a fun list to put together. A lot of people at Amazon are interested in these types of books, so there was a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from."
The results are eclectic, including everything from modern self-help to philosophical classics, so it's pretty overwhelming to take it all in at once. You can peruse all 100 here at your leisure, but to get you started, here are 25 of Amazon's picks.
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle (one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite authors)
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
- How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
- Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (Yes, really.)
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by the Dalai Lama
- The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
- The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
- The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America by Warren Buffett
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
How many of these titles have you already checked off your reading bucket list?