By Holly Reisem Hanna
As the school year winds down, I find myself loading up my Kindle with some summer time reads. Whether you’ll be traveling by car, plane, or just sitting by the pool this summer, make sure to stock up on some good books to help cultivate your mind and spirit over the summer months. A few of these are newer titles, but many of them have been around for quite some time, so you maybe able to find them at your local used book store.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
A few months ago, a friend sent me an inspirational blog post from Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. After I read it, I was immediately intrigued by the project and her book, so I bought it and read it within a week. Even the positive people experience periods of apathy, indifference, or gloom, but the key is to get into the right mindset. In this book Gretchen does just that by chronicling her own happiness project – which is a journey to finding the positive and uplifting in life. Inspiring and motivational, this book can definitely put you in better spirits. And as a bonus, Gretchen has templates and quizzes on her blog to guide you with your own happiness project.
The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson
This book is currently ranked #33 on Amazon, and it’s no wonder why! Marianne Williamson, a well known spiritual teacher, author, and speaker offers up suggestions for changing the way you view money, your job, your business, and your life in relation to these aspects. Uplifting and highly motivational, you’ll find yourself highlighting prayers and words of wisdom on almost every page. While this books deals specifically with money issues, the principles can be applied to any area of your life. I know I plan to refer to this book often.
The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Even though this book came out in 2009, it’s still one of the best business books you can have in your arsenal. Broken down into four main sections, The Four Hour Work Week gives you a detailed road map on how to start living life on your own terms. Filled with tips, resources, bonus chapters, and a newly expanded section with templates, case studies, and principles, this book has everything you'll need to get started as an entrepreneur. I have it in both hardcover and the newly expanded Kindle version.
Mom Blogging for Dummies by Wendy Piersall
When this book first came out, I didn’t think it would contain very much information that I didn’t already know – girl, was I wrong! This book is a MUST have if you plan to become a monetized blogger. Intended for women and moms alike, this book covers everything from the tech side of setting up your blog, to very important legal issues, and monetization techniques. Do not start blogging without reading this book!
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Okay I admit it, I haven’t actually read this one yet, but I plan to read it this summer! On most must read lists from business, to self help, and finance, Napoleon Hill shares his wisdom from interviewing hundreds of highly successful entrepreneurs in Think and Grow Rich. In fact, it has been said that “there have been more millionaires who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed.” With those sorts of reviews, how can this book not be on your summer reading list?!
31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse
Are you ready to take your blog to the next level? Then pick up Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. This e-book gives you a new task each day that will help improve your blog by leaps and bounds. I’ve actually gone through this exercise twice, and each time I learn something new and take my blog to a new level. A couple of years ago we even had a group of entrepreneurial women that went through it together, who knows maybe we’ll do it again.
Want more book suggestions? Check out the 50 Best Business Books for Women. What's on your summer reading list?
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