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6 Books Every Work at Home Woman Needs to Read This Summer

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.

Happiness ProjectThe 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.

 

Must Read Books for Work at Home WomenThe 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.

 

Best Business Books for WomenThe 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.

 

Best Business Books for WAHMsMom 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!

 

 

Best Business Books for Work at Home WomenThink 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?!

 

Must Read Books for WAHMs31 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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10 Responses to “6 Books Every Work at Home Woman Needs to Read This Summer”

  1. 1
    Kizzy says:

    Some really great books here, will add them to my list.

  2. 2

    I’ve read Think and Grow Rich and I just read the Happiness Project in April – loved it! I will have to add the others to my list. Busy mom or not, I need something good to read.

  3. 3

    Love all these books! I have to get that Napoleon Hill book, though. Great picks, Holly!

    • 3.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      Glad you enjoyed the list, Martine!

      I went a little crazy with the downloads last week, I also got Yogalosophy by Mandy Ingber and It’s Not About the Tights by Chris Brogan. As well as some fun reads!

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    Lisa Stein says:

    These are great books. The one thing about motivation is it doesn’t last, so reading these types of books keeps me very motivated when I need another burst of it. I loved reading “The $100 Startup” too. One book I have read multiple times, but not really a business book is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. That book is so meaningful and reminds me how precious life is.

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    Leslie H. says:

    I am a woman that works from home and this was a great blog post to come across :) The Happiness Project sounds like an inspiring summer read and I look forward to checking it out. My book recommendation for the “work at home woman” is by author Gemini Adams entitled, “The Facebook Diet” (http://www.unplugseries.com/). One of the downsides of working at home is the freedom I have of being able to check my social media sites whenever I want…. especially Facebook! The author has created a fully illustrated humorous book that will make you (and/or your friends) think about the amount of time spent on Facebook. The premise is that we may just need to “unplug” and “take a tech-detox.” Along with 50 funny illustrations that explore the humorous side to our Facebook adoration I suppose that this could be considered a self-help book as well, since she has great “wean yourself off of Facebook” tips at the end of the book. This book is party one of a series that will continue to encourage people to question the health of their high-tech habits and make them laugh. Educational, eye-opening and entertaining I hope you will give it a read!

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