It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time, silly. The time to review some great books I’ve been reading on my Kindle and even real-life paperback copies.

In fact I’ve not done this since the New Year when I reviewed the Six Best Business Books To Read in 2012, and you seemed to really enjoy those recommendations.

So, here’s to round two. Oh, and this time there’s a bonus – several of these authors gave away a copy of their book  at the time I posted this, thanks to all of you who left a comment and to the winners.

Blog to Book Deal – Srini Rao and David Crandall

Why you should read it: 

This is a book chock full of interviews with published and best selling authors that Srini Rao has interviewed on BlogCastFM. It’s all combined into one handy book that you can easily consume and take lots of notes. You’ll find inspiring tips like:

“ Starting a blog is a long term engagement.  If you want to make money quickly, don’t start a blog. The most successful bloggers are not the best writers, they have the most persistence. Focus on long term. Look at what top bloggers are doing to monetize their sites. Don’t just look at your own domain. If you’re in personal finance, look outside of personal finance. “ ~ Ramit Sethi

What it covers:

  • How to Develop a Unique Voice
  • How to Build an Audience
  • Coming up With a Writing Process for Your Book
  • What Publishers Look for In A Platform
  • Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Book
  • How to Get a Book Deal Even When You have a Small Audience

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$100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau 

Why you should read it: 

Everything that Chris puts out his pure gold and real. You will always be able to apply what writes to your own work. In Chris’s own words, he wrote The $100 Startup for two reasons: to tell the stories of “unconventional entrepreneurs.” – who have started incredible little businesses, usually by following their own passion or their own skill, usually without spending a lot of money. The second was to provide a blueprint of what they did and didn’t do so others could learn and apply it to their own.

What It Covers:

  • Real life examples of every day people creating remarkable businesses and exactly how they did it
  • A blueprint for starting your own new business on a shoe-string
  • Road-tested, effective and exceptionally pragmatic advice for the aspiring entrepreneur
  • Cram packed with 1500 points of real data, checklists, models, and concrete examples plus website resources

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How To  Get A Grip – Matthew Kimberley

Why you should read it:

In Matthew’s words he wrote to me “If you’re happy with the way things are, then this book isn’t for you. If you saunter through life like a motherfucking superhero, brushing off the little inconveniences that trip you up along the route, then this book isn’t for you. If your shit is so unbelievably together that you don’t wear the same socks twice in a month, then you don’t need this book. But if you need a gentle kick up the ass: an exhortation to shift into a higher gear, then grab a copy of this as soon as you can. It will change your life: no shit.” So there you have it!

What it covers:

  • It’s eminently practical: from getting the ironing done to increasing your self-confidence and having more sex; it’s all in there.
  • Easy to read format, most of the chapters run to a maximum of five pages.
  • It will make you laugh.
  • Buy it, or don’t. It’s your call. After all, you need to learn to take responsibility for yourself. That’s in the book, too. 

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PS. Matt and I are running the Project Program to ensure you have the most productive 4 weeks of your life, and it starts January 2013.

How To Be A Finance Rock Star – Nicole Fende

Why you should read this book

Nicole is `The Numbers Whisperer®’  which is a way cooler way of describing her than  `credentialed actuary with experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Investment Banker, and successful entrepreneur’. She’s the only person I know who makes running the financial side of your business actually enjoyable. But none of that really matters, the key here is she has the most contagious laugh (and you can actually listen to it as a feature on her website), and she’s super fun and funny. In her book, Nicole shares the same strategies she uses for her profit coaching clients to help them reach multi-platinum profits. Basically, you should read it.

What it covers:

  • Simple and effective ways to move past fear of numbers and your finances
  • Makes the topic of finance fun, with rock star analogies and an illustrated cast of characters
  • The only 4 numbers drive your business profits

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Amp Your Ask – Erin Giles

Why you should read it:

Erin is a special lady with a huge heart. She certainly knows how to get big names to say yes to her including me (and no I’m not a big name but she worked her magic on me!). Her beautifully designed eBook is for entrepreneurs + change makers that have big asks to make via email and don’t know what to say or where to start. In just 30 pages she tells you how she raised 10k in 29 days for the End Sex Trafficking book, got a yes from Seth Godin + 58 other writers to contribute, approached dream clients and got a Heck Yeah to working with her, got major media coverage and more. More importantly she tells you exactly how you can do this too.

What it covers:

  • 7  scripts (all copy and paste-able) to help you ask big names big questions like help promoting your new snazzy thang (in a non sleazy way)
  • 6 Tips that you must know before choosing WHO to email and why you are emailing them
  • 4 Tips that will ensure you do the right things after sending your emails
  • Bonus video on how to request media coverage plus bonus scripts, an email organizer and how to find email addresses for people you want to connect to

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Communicating With Confidence – Jessica Oman and Nicole Breit

Why you should read this

Jessica is the founder of Write Ahead, and her sole purpose is to make it easier for her clients to write outstanding business plans or compelling content that sells. If you’re like most, you don’t have time to update your blog – the writing process just takes too long. So this book includes practical advice, tips and an exercise for reducing your blog writing time to just 30 minutes per post. It also discusses different ways to look at your writing structure and includes a handy checklist that you can run through when you finish a new piece of writing, just to make sure you’ve covered all your bases. Pretty damn useful right?

What it covers:

  • How to become a better writer and sell others on your business offerings
  • Chapters designed to be completed in 3-4 days
  • Bonus exercise for every chapter provided in the appendix
  • 30-day calendar to keep you on track

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So there you have it. My list of must read books right now, and there will be more to come. But for now I want to make sure that you go and check these out for yourself.  Thanks to all of you who commented at the time the competition to win them was in full swing.


More Best Business Books

If you’re looking for more excellent recommendations then make sure you check out:

Top 14 Business Books To Read In The New Year Voted By You!

13 Must Read Business Books To Kick Start Your 2013

Six Best Business Books To Read in 2012