12 Best Business Books I Read for the Year


Good morning to all my loyal readers (big cashers) Darrell back at you on a sunny but chilly 29 degree Tuesday morning here in Urbandale, Iowa.

I hope you all had a great weekend,mine was fantastic. All my regular readers know how I love to read.

My grandfather was a preacher  that’s whom I got my love of reading from,and he used to say”Reading is learning” and “Knowledge is Power”.

Anyway today’s post is about all the online business books I read and enjoyed this year titled “12 Best Business Books I Read for the year.”

I love to read and I love to learn. My passion for reading has really helped  me understand people, places and things.

And reading other books were useless. However I have come across some phenomenal reads that have helped change my perspective on my journey to business success.

Ladies and gentlemen if you are considering starting a blog or a business of your own. Do not take a step further until you have read the books I will recommend in this post.

According to  Entrepreneur  17 of the top 100 Kindle books in 2012 were self-published,the number gets higher each year.

Take what you  learn from reading these books and apply it to create a successful path for yourself.

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1.The $ 100 Startup ( Chris Guillebeau)

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

The $ 100 Startup is a book I really enjoyed reading. Chris Guillebeau shows how you can leverage your natural talent or long-loved hobby to build a thriving business.

He shows case studies of entrepreneurs who have built businesses earning more than $ 50,000 from budgets (often $ 100 or less)

If you’re looking to build a small business that allows you to lead a location independent lifestyle this is the book that will point you in the right direction.

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2.The 4-Hour Work Week ( Tim Ferrris)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This book strongly rejects the traditional approach to life planning where people work their butt off: take very little time off from work over the years and save up money for retirement.

Tim talks about building a business that works for you and not a business that you work for (get it? )  It is about having a lifestyle where you are in control and not one where circumstances dictate your activities

Tim Ferris wrote the 4-Hour Work Week for those looking to maximize their productivity and freedom. The book is an excellent read so good it was on the New York Times bestseller list for years.

Many entrepreneurs consider Tim Ferris the ultimate business guru and he has a huge devoted following to prove it.

So what’s in the 4-hour work week:

It includes Tim Ferris story of having a lifestyle of $ 40,000 per year and 80 work hours per week to $ 40,000 per month and 4 hours per week.

There is a lot of practical advice and case studies in here that will help you rethink and reinvent how you should do business.

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3.The Happiness of Pursuit (Chris Gillebeau)

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

This book is basically about finding purpose in life by working to accomplish big goals and seeking out adventure.

Chris Guillebeau decided to visit every country in the world. The people he profiles in the book chose a wide variety of quest,taking a vow of silence.

You can chose to pursue whatever quest happens to interest you. Check this book out it really is a fun read.

4.Starting an Online Businesss for Dummies  (Shannon Belew)

Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies

Shannon Belew’s start-up classic is a great replacement for whatever text book you would use in an entrepreneurship class to prepare for business ownership.

The book offers insider information on a wide range of topics,covering all stages of the start-up process from raising money to motivating staff.

There are plenty golden nuggets of information truly a  very good read.

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5.The Lean Start-Up ( Eric Ries)

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Start-Up stresses that start-ups should be more innovative than conventional if they want to survive or bettter still escape competition in the marketplace.

Basically author Eric Ries shares insightful stories from his experience with software start-ups.

Ries presents a number of practices that will help you shorten the product development cycle and measure actual progress. And this without wasting your budget  on seemingly relevant business processes that will take you nowhere.  Super-read. Guys go get your copy.

6.Click Millionaires ( Scott Fox)

Click Millionaires: Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love

Excellent resource for anyone looking to make money on the internet.He shows how anyone can start a profitable internet business with no technical knowledge, start-up capital or physical products.

I found the information to be practical and applicable. This is a great book I highly recommend.

7.Dot Com Secrets The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online (Russell Brunson)

DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online

This is a very detailed book that shows how exactly you can structure your online sales funnels in order to maximize your revenues and get more paying clients.

Excellent read one of the books all entrepreneurs should read to learn more on boosting growth. Beginners and experts alike will gain valuable insights.


8.Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online ( Jeff  Walker)

Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams

This practical guide from Jeff Walker is a great read for anyone wanting to know how to launch a business,brand or concept utilizing a proven strategy.

Filled with case studies, advice and clear instruction there’s no doubt the author is an expert in his field.


5 Book Facts

  • People in Iceland read more books per capita than in any other country.
  • It is predicted that within three years 75% of books will be sold online and only 25% in brick and mortar bookstores.
  • Former American president Theodore Roosevelt read an average of one book per day.
  • Top 3 most read books in the world are: The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Harry Potter.
  • The world’s most expensive book ever purchased was bought by Bill Gates for $ 30.8 million.  It was Codex Leicester by Leonardo DaVinci.



9.The New Rules of Marketing and PR  ( David Meerman Scott)

The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

One of the best books I have read on digital marketing……Must read  All in all this book brings together a great overview of the options we now have in today’s marketing and public relations world.

10.How to Start an Online Store (Jonathan Eldridge)

This book was very educational and I really learned a lot. It really walks you through all the steps to successfully build your site this book covers all the details without being overwhelming.

How To Start An Online Store: How To Start an Online Store: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginners Guide To Starting Your Online Business

11.Marketing in the Age of Google ( Vanessa Fox)

This was a very informative look into how you can use Google to further your business with no cost to your company.

An excellent introduction to search engine marketing and the tools behind it. I would recommend this book to all business owners who want to improve their site to bring organic traffic.

Marketing in the Age of Google, Revised and Updated: Your Online Strategy IS Your Business Strategy


12.Ecommerce Evolved ( Tanner Larsson)

One of the best resources I’ve found. Tanner Larsson goes deep on all the mistakes he’s made in the past and how he overcame them. I lot of useful and actionable information.

Ecommerce Evolved: The Essential Playbook To Build, Grow & Scale A Successful Ecommerce Business


Well that’s going to be it everybody. Let me know if  you have read these books   and if you liked them ? Give me some feed back. And definitely share this post I have to go and get some Christmas shopping done today.   Ya’ll take care.

8 thoughts on “12 Best Business Books I Read for the Year

  1. Hello Mark thanks for visiting and leaving your valuable feedback. I know you are familiar with most of the titles but I’M glad I could assist with a few. Again thanks for taking time out to participate here and have a super week.


  2. Thanks for sharing your list Darrell!

    And while I am familiar several of them, there are several I
    am not currently familiar with.

    And thanks to your insightful reviews, I know they should definitely
    become part of my reading lists as well!

    Thanks, the titles are very eye opening!

  3. Hello Vivi thanks for stopping by and leaving some feedback on my site. I’m glad the post was helpful to you and feel free to look at other articles that will definitely point you in the right direction to successfully make money online. Keep coming by and keep me informed of your progress.Have a great week.


  4. Very nice and interesting article of you, now i know which the best book to guide me for making money online in a right way.

    So , i just keep your website to learn more about making money, because i just newbie in making money online i just know nothing and i still blind anyway. This is useful for me and thank you very much. Good luck

  5. Hello Amar thanks for stopping by and leaving your valuable post. I am elated that you enjoyed these business books and this post added value. Again thanks for your input and have a great day.


  6. Hey Darrell,

    Glad to read your wonderful post! You are really doing good job, these informative business books are genius for enhancement of our knowledge regarding business. Today, everyone spending their time on internet and this books are really good to spend time on them – they really sounds boosted with creative information. I will try take time to read such interesting books. Eventually, thanks for reveling a light on this topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  7. Hello Lain thanks for stopping by and leaving some valuable feedback and I’m glad you enjoy reading also. I am elated you got value from this article,again thanks for your input and have a super day.


  8. An interesting read on interesting business books to read! It is vital that you read in order to improve your mindset and also to improve your knowledge. We spend so much time online these days that we tend to flip flop between a hundred different open browser windows. Having a book in our hands helps us focus. Thanks for this list!

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