The Bookshelf

Current read/audiobook:

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Chip Heath & Dan Heath

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

Eric Ries 

Already loved:


All in Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything is On the Line

Diana Kandler

By far one of my favorite business books that I have read. Kandler takes the time to walk you through how a business owner should save their sinking ship. It being written like a novel challenged me to put myself in Owen (the business owner’s shoes) and ask hard questions of myself like Sam (the person who pushes Owen out of his rut) as I am building my next entrepreneurial endeavor. I recommend this book to any person that is starting a new business or runs a current business that isn’t doing as successful as they foresaw it to be. Sometimes you cannot be afraid to take it back the basics and this book encourages you to do so by giving you tools to S.Y.S. (Save Your Self).

Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up 

T.D. Jakes

This book is one of the building blocks that everyone should read as they set to create entrepreneurial opportunities. Jakes has a way of making the daunting task of writing a business plan digestible steps. Follow his lead and you will be set yourself up for a winning plan.

Easy Reading

We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That are Funny, Complicated and True 

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union poured her soul into this book, you truly feel like she is sitting there chatting with you. An easy read that allowed my brain to come back to “real life” between the business/self-improvement books I normally read.

Self Help

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person 

Shonda Rhimes

I read this book mid-year last year and knew that I needed to refresh myself on the confirmation that this was going to be MY year. Shonda killed it with this Year of Yes book as she gives you an insight to how her year of year influenced her best year yet. CLAIM IT FOR YOURSELF and do it!

The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy

Self-help can be a tricky topic to handle but Darren Hardy broke it down so that even the laziest of people could set themselves up for success. By making small changes that will lead up to your large goal or slowly working away from/tracking what keeps you from achieving these goals you are going to help yourself create healthy habits. Hardy helps you do that.