10 Inspiring Business Books to Read This Year

10 Inspiring Business Books to Read This Year! Get off to a good start this year by reading these books that'll help you with your personal and professional goals. | tanea.co

10 inspirational books to jump-start your business this year

I’ve been putting together a list of books that I want to read this year that’ll help me reach my goals I set for myself a few weeks ago. I scoured the web for recommendations and then I nailed it down to these top 10.

I love this list because it’s such a well-rounded collection of books, including topics on entrepreneurship, money, marketing, creativity, and web/social. I’m not sure if I’ll get to all of these, because I do have a bunch of fiction books that I’d like to read too, but I’m hoping to at least get through half of the list. If you’re looking for books to add to your reading list, I hope this helps!

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1. “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes

The #1 book on my list is Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. I’m a big fan of Shonda because I love her shows Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. So when I heard she was releasing a book, I was so excited. Now that it’s been released, everyone is talking about how inspiring it is. It’s all about tackling fear and being more open to things that could bring you success. And of course, I’m sure I’ll connect with this book since I’ve always wanted to work in the entertainment industry myself. I have the book waiting on my shelf now and I’m excited to dig into it!

2. “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve heard so much about Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert! This book is about living a more creative life and tackling our dreams and fears head on. This is exactly what I need to do this year. I felt like I couldn’t focus on it last year because of everything going on (like my wedding). I’m really hoping this book with inspire me, since I plan on doing a lot creatively this year!

3. “Presence” by Amy Cuddy

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy is a new release that so many people are raving about! Presence is about stepping up to the plate and meeting your biggest challenges with your best self by changing your mindset and behavior in the moment. Here’s a quote from the description of the book:

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve “presence,” the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves.

I think we could all use more of that! This one sounds like a must-read.

4. “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk

Whenever someone asks people in a Facebook group about book recommendations for business and internet marketing, I usually see this book in the list somewhere. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk is about standing out in a crowded market, growing your social following, and creating the right kind of high-quality content online. This book is supposed to help entrepreneurs create an effective content marketing strategy that will convert to sales for your business. I think this book would be especially good for bloggers looking to grow their following and craft better content for their audience.

5. “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero

I knew I had to read You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero as soon as I saw the title. I’m guilty of having a lot of self-doubt, even though I have the experience and qualifications to do just as well as anyone else. Years of bad experiences have made me this way, but I’m ready to break out of it. I’m not expecting to never feel doubt again, I’d just like to feel a lot less of it and be able to handle it better. So many people say this book was helpful to them in that way and I hope it’ll help me too.

6. “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life” by Andrea Owen

52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve by Andrea Owen is a book about living a more fulfilling life. The author teaches you 52 lessons about life that will help you set and achieve goals so you can live your best life. Yes and yes. That’s exactly what I want to do this year so I’m definitely reading this book!

7. “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!” by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas is simply about getting paid like you deserve. I love the Denise’s in-your-face approach to making money online and not being too ashamed or timid to do it. While I’m not just looking to “get rich,” I do think that aggressive attitude is exactly what you need to be successful in today’s overcrowded, over-saturated market. This book teaches you that you definitely won’t make it by sitting back and you have to put in the work to get the results.

8. “Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk

I’ve been wanting for years to turn my biggest passion into a profitable business but I’ve never really tried until now. Like most people, I falsely believed that there was no way I could make any money off of it. But Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk is about doing just that — turning your passion into a profitable business. Gary shares how he leveraged social media to “crush it” with his business and make money from his passion. This book is a little old (published in 2009), so it may be outdated, but I think it’ll still be an inspiring read.

9. “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown

Rising Strong by Brené Brown is about changing the way you see failure, and about getting back up and “Rising Strong” after you fail. It’s about being brave and not being afraid of failure and vulnerability. The author’s approach to the old concept of getting back up after you fall is interesting to me. I’m not sure if I’ll get to this one this year, but I really hope I do.

10. “I Am That Girl” by Alexis Jones

I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl by Alexis Jones is about finding your passion and changing your outlook on life. The book is aimed at younger girls but I’ve heard that it’s a good read for women as well. I love that the purpose is to help you be the best version of yourself.

  • I absolutely loved You Are a Badass, it literally changed the way I looked at life. I’ve been hearing awesome things about Year of Yes, I definitely want to check that out after finishing Big Magic. This is a really great list I’m going to keep close this year.

    I recently found your blog and I really love it! The design is gorgeous and I’m really enjoying your content. I look forward to keep up with you!

    Melody // http://www.marevoli.com

    • Thank you so much! It means a lot to me. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  • You Are A Badass is still one of my top fav books of all time!

    • I can’t wait to check it out!

  • Year of Yes & Big Magic were the best books I read last year. This is a great list and I’m pinning this page. Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for the share 🙂

  • I cannot wait to read Year of Yes and Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! It’s been taking me forever to finish up my last few books so I hope to be able to budget more time for some new business books!

    Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    xo, N

  • So many good picks! I’m working my way through Rising Strong (love Brené!) and You are a Badass and loving both…but haven’t picked up any of Gary Vaynerchuk’s yet. Thanks for the suggestion! (PS – your blog design is beautiful!)

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