For the last two years, I have made it a point to read more. I love a good self-help, women empowerment or business book. The first year I only read books that were on my shelf that I had never read (I have a ton more of these to read). Last year, I read any book that someone referred to me. And I have to say last year so many books helped me grow as a mother, wife and business owner.

This year I decided to research the best business books out there. There are a ton of them out there so I reviewed a few and curated my own list for 2017. I will make sure to recap my lessons learned from these books as I read them this year. On this list are a few oldie but goodies, new releases for 2017 and a few self-publish books that I have been dying to read. I made sure to provide the Amazon link to purchase each book to make sure you can read along with me. Enjoy!

Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success by Joyce M. Roche

empress-has-no-clothesLast year God laid it on my heart to write a book about self-doubt and the imposter syndrome. I told a few friends about my goals and they recommended this book by Joyce M. Roche. The funny thing is I met Joyce at Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference a few years ago about this very topic and here I am full circle writing a book about self-doubt. I cannot wait to read this book and see if we have similar thoughts about the imposter syndrome.

Click here to buy $9.99 kindle / $12.93 paperback/ $3.99 audio

Publication date May 3, 2013


I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

This book appears on the ‘gram (Instagram that is) at least 3 times a day. I was introduced to Luvvie a few months ago and I hateim-judging-you I missed her while she was in Atlanta. I love her story, her transparency and I heard this book is amazing. Luvvie is amazing blogger (I want to be her when I grow up) and has built an empire with I cannot wait to get my hands on this read for 2017.

Click here to buy $9.99 kindle/ $11.82 paperback

Publication date September 13, 2016

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was a major fan of Eat Pray Love and I am sure this one will not disappoint. I have heard such great things about this book andbig-magic cannot wait to read it. This book is said to help inspire you to write that book, change your career and get motivated to embrace the creative ideas and passion we all have within.

Click here to buy $11.99 kindle/ $14.34 paperback

Publication date September 22, 2015


Shut Up and Do the Work by Stephanie Synclair

I am a procrastinator and as an entrepreneur that is not the best mix. I saw this book on someone’s book list and thought I shouldshut up and do the work book add it to my own.  This book is your go-to book to getting unstuck and realizing your dreams of entrepreneurship. I am excited to read it and ready to use the tools to get the work done this year.

Click here to buy $2.99 kindle/ $$9.99 paperback

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferris

tools of titans bookTim Ferris is well known for his best-selling book, The 4 Hour Work Week. Since then he has had major success creating a very popular podcast, The Tim Ferris Show. It is a great show and he always has an amazing guest sharing their stories and keys to success. I think the book will be full of great tools and tips to help build my businesses.

Click here to buy $15.99 kindle/ $11.73 paperback



Power of Broke by Daymond John

I have been following Daymond John for years and I love Shark Tank. He started his first business FUBU with only $40 and innovative ways to market his product. He turned that $40 investment into a $6 billion dollar global apparel line. He has always power-of-broke-booksaid that starting a business in a “broke” state helps to fuel your creativity. Most entrepreneurs do not have a lot of startup capital. I am interested in his ideas and tips he used to build his brand.

Click here to buy $13.99 kindle/ $11.33 paperback/ $9.99 mp3 CD

Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum by Neil Patel

hustle book neil patelAccording to Gallup research, nearly 90% of people feel disconnected from their jobs and unsure of what to do about it. Neil Patel suggests you, Hustle. The word Hustle has so many meanings and often times a negative one. This book defines hustle from different perspectives from a few successful entrepreneurs. We all could use some motivation to get out hustle on.

Click here to buy $1.99 kindle/ $9.25 paperback



She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas Into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green

“It’s Carrie here” when I hear that voice I know I need to grab my pen and pencil because she is going to drop some major nuggetsshe means business book (nuggets are amazing tools, tips or steps) I have been following Carrie for years. She is the founder of the Female Entrepreneurs Association. She says that success is not an accident and we all can do it. This book is for those that need that extra push to realize their entrepreneurial dream.

Click here to buy $14.99 kindle/ $14.39 paperback

Publication date February 21, 2017

48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

48 laws of power book I have heard mixed reviews about this book but I am one to make my own opinions. The book explains the 48 Laws of Power and how to play the game of gaining power strategically. Some reviews call it insane while others said it was amazing. I guess I will find out.

Click here to buy $19.99 kindle/ $13.99 paperback

Publication date September 1, 2000

This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

I love me some Gabby. I cannot wait for her memoir to come out. Gabourey is an award winning actress making her debut role inthis is just my face try not to stare the movie Precious. Lord knows, that movie hurt me to the core and Gabourey was so powerful in that role. Over the years people have publicly hated on her because of her weight and every time she claps back (comes up with a witty response) that stops her haters in her tracks. I know this book will not disappoint.

Click here to buy $11.99 kindle/ $19.57 hardcover

Publication date May 1, 2017

The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company by Joseph A. Michelli

the new golden standard bookI know, long book title but we all could use a book on customer experience. I mean I can hardly get the best customer service anymore and when I do I am so excited. This book is said to reveal the leadership secrets on creating the best customer experience. I think we will need a big notebook for this book.

Click here to buy $14.74 kindle/ $15.52 hardcover/ $12.11 mp3 CD

Publication date July 1, 2008


Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose by Lara Casey

This is the year to finally take the leap. I have been back and forth on the direction of my business for the last 2 years (yes I realizemake it happen book that is a long time). I have heard great things about Lara Casey and cannot wait to read about her story and how she finally decided to make it happen for her and her family.

Click here to buy $9.99 kindle/ $9.89 paperback/ $14.99 mp3 CD

Publication date January 6, 2015