The Entrepreneur's Reading List for 2019

Ready to talk goals for the new year?

One of my goals for 2019 is to read a heck of a lot more.

I kind of fell victim to the age old problem of buying book-after-book in 2018...and never getting around to reading them.

There were the business books I ordered.

The mindset books I got my hands on.

The recommendations I had to have on my shelf.

And a few personal development books here and there that I just had to buy.

But, as the year went on, they just sat on my shelf next to my latest crystal purchase (yeah...I became a crystal lover in 2018...who’s asking?!). And I never got around to reading as many as I hoped (okay...let’s be honest...I didn’t make time for reading...I was too busy watching Bravo and discovering how much I love Below Deck).

But, here I am, committing IN WRITING to making 2019 the year that I FINALLY start reading...AGAIN.

Must Read Business Books for 2019

Recently, I asked my Instagram followers what business books they’d recommend I grab in my last big Amazon order of 2018 (hello tax time…).

This list is a combination of their suggestions along with the books I actually DID read in 2018 (and plan on reading again in 2019), the books I’ve already ordered that I’ll tackle in the new year, and those books that I bought in 2018 that I never got around to reading.

So, if you’re asking yourself, “What business books should I read?” or “What’s the best book for entrepreneurs?” then keep reading!

Make sure you let me know in the comments what business book(s) YOU’D recommend I check out in 2019!


The Go Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg

The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary by Joseph Michelli

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Get a Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business by Gino Wickman

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Money Isn’t the Problem, You Are by Dain Heer

Fish: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Filed Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake

Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson

Company of One: Why Starting Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis

Map Your Business: Define Success, Set Goals, and Make a Plan (You’ll Stick With) by Tara Swiger

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

Back to Human by Dan Schawbel

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth by Jay Baer

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrond

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing by Roger Dooley

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

The Referral of a Lifetime by Tim Templeton

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger


This is Marketing by Seth Godin

Retention Point: The Single Biggest Secret to Membership and Subscription Growth by Robert Skrob

The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue by Robbie Kellman Baxter

Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It by Tien Tzuo

Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Johnson Spencer


You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller

Dollars Flow to Me Easily by Richard Dotts

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

The New One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager-updated) by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

The One Thing by Gary Keller


Selling Boldly: Applying the New Science of Positive Psychology to Dramatically Increase Your Confidence, Happiness, and Sales by Alex Goldfayn

Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

Do you have a favorite on the list? A book you read in 2018 that changed the game for you? Or, maybe I missed your favorite(s)?

If so, let me know in the comments below!