Reading is my favorite pastime.

Lately I’ve not had the time (or made the time) to do much reading for just pure pleasure. I do love a good, dirty novel or romance story.

But I read something related to business every day. THAT I do make time for.

And in honor of today (Wednesday, September 6, 2017) being National Read a Book Day, I thought it appropriate to share some of what I’ve been reading lately.

I love unconventional and off-the-wall ways of doing things and each of these books breaks the norm of what you’d expect. I think you’ll enjoy each one.

Note: Some of the titles below are available on Kindle’s Unlimited program. Click on the title of the book to be whisked over to Amazon for more information about each of these books.**

Here’s a short list of some of my favorite books so far this year:

Be Like Amazon: Even a lemonade stand can do it by Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg
(I loved this book. Even if you think you hate Amazon and all it stands for, you should read this book. I got so much actionable stuff out of it. Great ideas are found in this book!)

The Front Nine: How to Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want by Mike Vardy
(I love everything Mike Vardy does. He is the one productivity expert I follow and have implemented many of his techniques in my own life and business. I’m not a golfer, and while he uses golf as a metaphor, don’t let that stop you from reading this. If you want to be more productive without working harder, this is a great book to help guide you.)

Your Move: The Underdog’s guide to Building Your Business by Ramit Sethi
(Great advice here about how to run your business so that you can actually make money. Plus, I love Ramit’s story of how he started in his dorm room and made a great business in spite of everyone else telling him he couldn’t. Plus this is some of the best advice you’ll find for running a business today. Especially if you want to make money with it.)

Get Your Sh*t Together: How to stop worrying about what you should do, so you can finish what you need to do, and start doing what you want to do by Sarah Knight
(This book’s subtitle alone probably had the biggest impact on me of anything else I’ve seen, read, or heard this year. It got me off my butt to finish some long-simmering projects so I could get on with the other stuff I was wanting to do. Hopefully, you can get past the title and the course language to hear the real message of this book which is that you really can get your sh*t together and get stuff done!)

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
(Until I heard an interview with Jen Sincero, I passed by her books just because I thought she was just trying to be cute and there wouldn’t be much substance, but after that interview, and getting her book, I totally changed my mind. If making and/or managing money is not your strong suit, or you’d just like to make more of it, then this is a good book to get you going. She also has another book in her “badass” series.)

Make Money as a Life Coach: How to Become a Life Coach and Attract Your First Paying Client by Sally Miller and Melissa Ricker
(When I decided that I wanted to focus more on the coaching side of my business this is the book I first turned to. There are lots of great programs out there for aspiring coaches to learn the coaching business but they can be a bit pricey. This is a good start for you if you are thinking about becoming a coach or if you’ve been a coach but without the success you’ve wanted.)

Make Your Mark by Margie Warrell
(She calls this a “guidebook for the brave hearted” because Margie recognizes that going after what we want is not necessarily easy and most folks will give up long before they’ve reached their supposed goals. The book is really a book of questions that will help you enjoy the path you’re on more, or that will lead you to completely over-haul your life. I feel like that’s what I’ve been doing for the last several years. I found this to be an excellent guide on my path and it can be for you too, but only if you actually think about and answer the questions.)

Hack Your Habits: An Unusual Guide to Escape Motivational Traps, Bypass Willpower Problems and Accelerate Your Success by Joanna Jast
(If your “willpower” has let you down time and again when you’ve tried to change your behavior then this book may be the answer for you. I found it to be full of great advice about changing habits. I recently invested heavily in a health program and have been quite successful with it, and part of that success I can contribute to this book.)

The 21-Day Miracle: How to Change Anything in 3 Short Weeks by Ed Rush
(This book is very inspiring. So much so that I’ve got a project in mind — another one I’ve been putting off — that I’m going to challenge myself to see if I can complete it in just three short weeks as promised by the author. I’ll let you know how it goes! If you are wanting to change something or create something, I highly recommend taking a look at this book and see what he says. He doesn’t sugar coat anything, telling you it will be easy. Just the opposite. We tend to always get advice along the lines of “slow and steady win the race” but he proposes that we don’t need to mess around, just get it done. In 3 short weeks!)

There are more books that I love. But we’ll stop here for now.

If you get and read any of these, and most importantly, if you apply some of the concepts you learn, I’d sure love to hear about it. Either by email or in the comments below.

**Oh, by the way. Those links up there are all Amazon affiliate links. That means if you buy a book or two or three using my links I’ll get a teeny tiny little credit that one day may add up to me actually being able to cash it in and get a book. Every little bit helps and I’m always grateful when someone uses my links.