The Best Nonfiction Books I Read in November 2016

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The best nonfiction books I read in November include many of the books I’ve found researching my upcoming Kindle books. I try to read as widely as I can, but between the research for my books and all the moving parts of trying to build an online platform, it can get overwhelming.

I’ll have more organized reading habits in 2017.

I did notice after reviewing the books I read in November that the mix between research, digital and content marketing and Kindle publishing stayed consistent with the last few months.

As always, I’ll only share the books worth your time and attention. These are only the best nonfiction books I read. I’ll spare you all the ones I started and quickly discarded to the Never TBR pile.

Email Management

I’ve almost finished writing my email management book and Chris A. Baird’s book was helpful in reminding me of the little things we can all do to up our email organization on a daily basis.

One simple idea that stuck with me after reading his book was not to use email as a to-do list.

How many times have you read an email and decided you would get back to it later when you had more time?

It is a simple idea but powerful if you make it part of your daily email workflow.

Digital Marketing

Zarrella’s book gave great advice on why ideas get popular on social media. Anyone trying to make sense of social would learn from this book.

The following stood out the most to me:

When I’ve conducted focus groups or surveys about why people read blogs, the respondents have told me the same thing over and over again. What they’re interested in is the author’s unique point of view, the perspective that only that specific person could have. Talk as yourself, not about yourself.

That last sentence should be printed above every blogger’s computer screen. I know I’ve struggled with finding my voice, but it is the only thing that is going to separate me from the millions of others out there trying to get heard.

Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

I’ve started studying local SEO recently and may launch a local service helping businesses make sense of search engine optimization. Just a side project at this point.

Perry and Singleton’s book did a great job of explaining the basics and what it takes to move up the search engine rankings on a local basis.

Social Media Marketing

I read two Michael Clarke books in November and both were full of great tips. His writing style is conversational, he provides actionable examples and I look forward to reading the rest of his books in his Punk Rock Marketing Collection.

His book on Pinterest got me so motivated I started a 30-Day Experiment to see how much I can build my audience on that platform.

I plan to write a detailed post about that next month.

Content Marketing

Duistermaat’s book on seductive web copy was what you would expect from an experienced copywriter. She does a great job of walking the reader through situations we have all faced when trying to write persuasive copy. I liked the book so much I immediately subscribed to her email list.

It was definitely one of those books that reminds you that you have so far to go to get as good as the author. That can be both inspiring and demotivating depending on how you look at it.

Kindle Publishing

I’ll probably never read one of Wayne Stinnett’s fiction books. Just not my type. But if he writes another book on how to self-publish I’ll buy it the day it comes out.

He takes you on his journey from blue collar worker to super successful author and tells you straight what you should and shouldn’t do on your own author journey.

What I said for Stinnett holds true for Chris Fox’s fiction. Unlike Stinnett, Fox has a large backlist of nonfiction books on self-publishing that are required reading for anyone trying to make a living with their words.

He is an open book and his more technical and research-driven perspective on self-publishing is new and refreshing when so many authors are telling the same stories.

Parting Thoughts

So those were the best nonfiction books I read in November.

(Full Disclosure: the links below are affiliate links. If you purchase one of those books – most are on Kindle Unlimited – I get compensated from Amazon. Which I will use to buy more books).

You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail! – Chris A. Baird

Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness – Dan Zarrella

Local SEO – Ray L. Perry & Phil Singleton

Video Marketing Made (Stupidly) Easy – Michael Clarke

How to Write Seductive Web Copy – Henneke Duistermaat

Blue Collar to No Collar – Wayne Stinnett

Pinterest Marketing Made (Stupidly) Easy – Michael Clarke

Six Figure Author – Chris Fox

 

My Favorite Curated Directories

Do you have favorite curated directories?

I first starting seeing them on Product Hunt and thanks to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon I see them everywhere now.

Think of them as in-depth lists of resources, tools, websites; pretty much anything you could use when it comes to a certain topic.

You’ll see in the list below that topics include startups, marketing, content marketing, even documentaries.

I love’em and have already started compiling mine. It will be a curated directory of all the tools, books and resources new digital entrepreneurs need when they start their business.

Check out the list below and see which one catches your eye.

I put the list together using a fun app I discovered on Product Hunt called elink. I may use them to put together more lists as I start compiling my personal curated directory.

 

New Nonfiction Books – October 2016

I’m trying something new this month for my new nonfiction books update. I started using the list making site Listly to gather my links and present them on my blog.

I’m not sure if I’ll keep doing this for my new nonfiction books update. That will depend on feedback I get.

The nice feature is I can update the list on Listly and it automatically updates my blog post.

I’ll let you know next month what I decide to do. Until then enjoy these great nonfiction books coming out this month.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | The Age of Daredevils Hardcover – October 1, 2016

Follow the exploits of the first barrel jumpers to take on Niagara Falls.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places Hardcover – October 4, 2016

A perfect #Halloween read for the intrepid #ghost #hunters among us.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 4, 2016

Ulysses S. Grant is widely considered one of the greatest generals in US #history. He is also seen as one of our worst Presidents. This new #biography seeks to shed light on that dichotomy and change our understanding of who U.S. Grant really was.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | My Own Words Hardcover – October 4, 2016

Writings and speeches from the Supreme Court Justice on topics as diverse as gender equality, Constitutional interpretation and life in the Court. Not to be missed by any fan of The Notorious RBG. Although SF QB Colin Kaepernick probably won't be getting a copy.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives Hardcover – October 4, 2016

November 23, 2013. Journalist Younge looks at the young lives lost on that day and what it tells us about gun violence in America and those left behind. #Mustread.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the N...

The secret #history of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) and its legendary founder David Stirling.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula Hardcover – October 4, 2016

A riveting #biography of Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives Hardcover – October 4, 2016

“Utterly fascinating. Tim Harford shows that if you want to be #creative and #resilient, you need a little more disorder in your world.” —Adam Grant

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying Paperback – October 4, 2016

You are running out of runway to make some time to spend with Cooper’s excellent guide on #meeting hacks. Full of “actionable” advice to fake it until you can fake it and make more money, this is #workplace gold.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice Hardcover – October 4, 2016

Christensen, the father of #disruptive #innovation, is back with a new model on how to understand innovation and how to bake it into your product and services. The gist of this new argument is that #customers don’t buy goods or services anymore, but rather "hire" them to get something done. He explains why this is important and how to use it to make your #business more successful.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Public Library and Other Stories Paperback – October 4, 2016

The power of #libraries and their precious inventory - #books - to shape, change and #inspire our lives.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA Hardcover – October 4, 2016

Using real cases Heos explains the techniques and technologies behind modern #forensics and dives into its past for a full-length look into this captivating field. And Sherlock Holmes is in the subtitle. Nice.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Breaking van Gogh: Saint-Rémy, Forgery, and the $95 Million Fake at the Met Hardcover – October 4, 2016

Narrative nonfiction account that sets out to prove van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses currently on display in the Met is a fake.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Brief Histories of Everyday Objects Hardcover – October 4, 2016

You use them everyday. You might be using one right now. All those everyday objects we take for granted. Find out where they came from and how they got here. All in this illustrated guide.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done Paperback – October 4, 2016

Get focused. Get #productive. And finally use #email as a tool and not a to-do list. Glei is a pro and this book is a #mustread for anyone drowning in the #digital ocean of email.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Be Obsessed or Be Average Hardcover – October 11, 2016

Beat the "epidemic of average" and find the huge #success you crave.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan Hardcover – October 11, 2016

The #history of modern #finance - and all its ups and downs - told through the life story of its greatest actor.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shoc...

The story of Jeffrey Epstein and his rise to stunning wealth and fall into depravity.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | QB: My Life Behind the Spiral Hardcover – October 11, 2016

Steve Young was a great #quarterback. He must have been because I'm including him in this list and my heart and allegiance is across the Bay - Go Raiders! This is his story.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War Hardcover – October 11, 2016

An unpopular President. (Side note: has there been a popular one?). A revered General. And the prospect of global nuclear war. One of those #history #books that reads like fiction but is based on fact.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Tetris: The Games People Play Paperback – October 11, 2016

#Tetris almost kept me from graduating college. Now we get to find out its history. Now move left, left, turn around. Sorry, flashbacks.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art Paperback – October 11, 2016

"What does it mean to be a #Christian artist? and What is the relationship between #faith and #art?" A special new edition from the author of A Wrinkle in Time.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy Hardcover – October 11, 2016

Just read the description on Amazon. You'll either race to buy the book or shake your head in disgust. Either way you will feel something, I promise.

Oct 15, 2016 - amazon.com -
Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | American Philosophy: A Love Story Hardcover – October 11, 2016

I couldn't put it better than book description on Amazon - "Part #intellectual #history, part #memoir, American Philosophy is ultimately about love, freedom, and the role that #wisdom can play in turning one’s life around." I look forward to this book.

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Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in October 2016 | Herbert Hoover: A Life Hardcover – October 4, 2016

OK, honesty time. I knew two things about Hoover before this book. One, he was amazing pre-presidency and pilloried post-presidency. Two, he has a tower on the Stanford campus. This book looks like a worthy examination of the man in full.