136 of the best books to read to elevate your business, life and personal style

It doesn’t matter how smart or successful you are, remaining a student throughout your career is what will always take you to the next level.

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Reading is fundamental to your growth. If you are constantly consuming and applying new knowledge, you already have a leg up on the competition.

Entrepreneurs needs to have a good understanding of wealth building, investing, emotional intelligence, and marketing. Knowing how to manage your money, brand yourself and build relationships is the key to becoming a successful business owner.

 

Here are 136 books to read to thrive in business, life and style:

Business

1.      Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business From Scratch, Naturally – Miko Branch

2.      The Third Wave –Steve Case

3.      The Power of Broke – Daymond John

4.      The Millionaire Next Door- Thomas Stanley & William Danko

5.      The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs - Kevin D. Johnson

6.      The 48 Laws of Power- Robert Greene

7.      The Choose you Guide to Wealth – James Altucher

8.      The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

9.      The Effective Executive - Peter Drucker

10.  Good to Great – Jim Collins

11.  Great by Choice – Jim Collins

12.  How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

13.  Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

14.  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

15.  Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Peter Drucker

16.  The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz

17.  Awaken the Giant Within – Tony Robbins

18.  The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferriss

19.  Switch – Chip and Dan Heath

20.  Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

21.  Rework – Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

22.  Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuk

23.  Drive – Daniel H. Pink

24.  Guerrilla Marketing – Jay Conrad Levinson

25.  Inbound Marketing – Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah and David Meerman Scott

26.  Tribes – Seth Godin

27.  Linchpin? Are You Indispensable – Seth Godin

28.  Made to Stick – Chip Heath

29.  Ready, Fire, Aim – Michael Masterson

30.  Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup – Brad Feld and David Cohen

31.  The Startup Game – William H. Draper

32.  The Startup Owner’s Manual – Steve Blank

33.  Street Smarts – Norm Brodsky

34.  Potemkin, Inc. – Philippe Joly

35.  All Marketers are Liars – Seth Godin

36.  Smarter, Faster, Cheaper – David Siteman Garland

37.  The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding – Al Ries and Jack Trout

38.  Purple Cow – Seth Godin

39.  The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business – Josh Kaufman

40.  The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

41.  The War of Art – Stephen Pressfield

42.  The 4-Hour Body – Timothy Ferriss

43.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig

44.  How Successful People Think – John Maxwell

45.  What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty – Tina Seelig

46.  Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

47.  The Art of the Start – Guy Kawasaki

48.  The Dip – Seth Godin

49.  The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Zander

50.  The Mating Mind – Geoffrey Miller

51.  Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki

52.  Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely

53.  Influence – Robert B. Cialdini

54.  The Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz

55.  Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

56.  Networking for People Who Hate Networking – Devora Zack

57.  Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty – Harvey Mackay

58.  The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World – Niall Ferguson

59.  The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman

60.  Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt and Stephen Dubner

61.  Rework - Jason Fried

62.  Crossing the Chasm – Geoffery A. Moore

63.  The Life of PT Barnum – P.T. Barnum

64.  Selling the Invisible – Harry Beckwith

65.  Influence – Robert Ciandini

66.  Positioning – Al Ries & Jack Trout

67.  The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk

68.  The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development – Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits

69.  The Mating Mind – Geoffrey Miller

70.  Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki

71.  Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely

72.  Influence – Robert B. Cialdini

73.  The Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz

74.  Getting Things Done – David Allen

75.  The One Minute Entrepreneur – Ken Blanchard

76.  Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and Email Overload – Mark Hurst

77.  Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality – Scott Belsky

78.  The Zigzag Principle – Rich Christiansen

79.  Buy-ology – Martin Lindstrom

80.  Designing Brand Identity – Alina Wheeler

Life

1.    Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

2.    The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

3.    Sister Citizen - Melissa Harris-Perry

4.    The Miseducation of the Negro - Carter G. Woodson

5.    Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson - George Jackson

6.    Cane - Jean Toomer

7.    The Prisoner's Wife - Asha bandele

8.    Krik? Krak? - Edwidge Danticat

9.    Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

10.    The Blacker the Berry - Wallace Thurman

11.    Jesus and the Disinherited - Howard Thurman

12.    Black Bourgeoise - E. Franklin Frazier

13.    Jubilee - Margaret Walker

14.    Mumbo Jumbo - Ishmael Reed

15.    The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

16.    Kindred - Octavia Butler

17.    One Day My Soul Just Opened Up - Iyanla Vanzant

18.    In Search of Satisfaction - J. California Cooper

19.    Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

20.    A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry

21.    A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines

22.    Black Betty - Walter Mosley

23.    Maud Martha - Gwendolyn Brooks

24.    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

25.    for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is not enuf - Ntozake Shange

26.    Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman - Michele Wallace

27.    The Color Purple - Alice Walker

28.    The Souls of Black Folk - W. E. B. DuBois

29.    The Street - Ann Petry

30.    The Women of Brewster Place - Gloria Naylor

31.    Praisesong for the Widow - Paule Marshall

32.    This Bridge Called My Back - Cherríe L. Moraga

33.    Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches - Audre Lorde

34.    Waiting to Exhale - Terri McMillan

35.    Native Son - Richard Wright

36.    Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine - Bebe Moore Campbell

37.    Kehinde - Buchi Emecheta

38.    We a BaddDDD People - Sonia Sanchez

39.    The Ways of White Folks - Langston Hughes

40.    Fences - August Wilson

41.    The Debt - Randall Robinson

42.    Conversations With God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African-Americans - James Melvin Washington

43.    The Little Black Book of Success - Elaine Meryl Brown, Rhonda Joy McLean and Marsha Haygood

44.    Annie Allen - Gwendolyn Brooks

45.    Why I Love Black Women - Michael Eric Dyson

46.    The Wedding - Dorothy West

47.    When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost - Joan Morgan

48.    Tumbling - Diane McKinney-Whetstone

49.    What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day - Pearl Cleage

50.    Dreams from My Father - Barack Obama

Style

1.      Vintage Black Glamour - Nichelle Gainer

2.      The Way We Wore – Michael McCollom

3.      This is What it Made Us Think About – Andre Walker

4.      Soul Style: Black Women Redefining the Color of Fashion – Duane Thomas

5.      Posing Beauty: African-American Images from the 1980S to Present – Deborah Willis

6.      Stylenoir: The First How to Guide to Fashion Written with Black Women in Mind – Constance White

 

 

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