Books have always been an important part of my professional and personal development. One of my professional mentors taught me to never stop educating myself and learn new things every day. Nowadays, it seems people do not need to read books as access to the Internet is free and quick. More than that, it usually takes time for authors to write and publish their books. Being available in books shops, books might provide already outdated information. To some point I agree with this view, and prefer reading business-related blogs. However, in some cases books provide such value you will never find on the Internet. This list of books is not final, and will be updated on a regular basis.
Best books on business strategy
Almost every business strategy can be applied to small and medium businesses to some extent. Even more, some strategies can boost the social or online presence of bloggers or companies not considering strategies that were designed for corporations.
Having been published in 2004 (!) by Harvard Business Review, this book helped me understand how to create my own place on the market, and it is one of the best books to read that helped me improve my Pinterest account. (More in the post What Does Blue Ocean Strategy Mean?)
Blue Ocean Strategy is a must-read for every blogger and business owner to understand how to compete (and not compete) in markets, how to avoid severe price competition, how to widen business reach, and more. The book also contains many interesting facts from history demonstrating that vision, passion and perfect understanding of the market gap to create unlimited chances for businesses.
Best personal development books
You can be the best ever manager or company owner, however if you want to reach more, you will need to do what you have never done, you will need to be a person you have never been. The section below includes books that help you know what direction you will need to develop your personality.
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It by Barbara Sher
This book, first published in 1995, remains one of the most powerful sources of inspiration for those who wish to start living their own life, following their own path and dreams. The book will teach you how to understand what you really want in your life, stop any kind of unsatisfactory relations, overcome any blocks and become successful in life.
I bought this book by Mark Manson because it has been recommended by so many people. I started to read it twice, and finally I finished it. Many people wrote that the book helped them and they liked The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**ck . I am a little disappointed, but this is due to having read a few books of this kind, and I discovered nothing new. Although if you are starting to consider what is important in your life, this book will be the perfect read and give you a healthy view on your life.
Best marketing books for small business
In many cases, the size of a business is not the issue at all, as many ideas can be implemented by businesses of all sizes.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Jonah Berger, a professor of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, published this book in 2017, and it became an international bestseller within a few months.
The author presents lots of real-life stories illustrating things that caught customers’ attention. The book is fun to read, and a must-read for individuals who create advertisements and content to attract attention. If you want to know what emotions appeal more to your customers, anxiety, anger, or joy and want to master the art of manipulation, check this book right now. From Contagious: Why Things Catch On you will also learn what particular emotions need to be appealed to considering the niche or price sector.
Overall, the book will change your approach to content and communication in the digital world.
Best business (not only) books for women
This beautifully designed and easy to read book by Nadia Narain is full of friendly advice, recipes, amusing images, and personal stories. This is a kind of book that I am happy to have on my bookshelf and come back to particular fragments now and again to be inspired by and relax.
Nadia has shared simple steps everyone can implement in their life to live in harmony with your mind and body. If you are looking for a book that will help you be the best version of yourself, look no further.
*FTC Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. I am dedicated to finding the coolest products and services, and I never recommend anything that I don’t love or trust.