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You may have caught my recent blog post, The Ultimate Holiday Wishlist of the Entrepreneur or Small Business Woman (aka Ladyboss!), and many of you commented on social media that you wanted to see more books on here. [Nerds.] We need more business ideas and creative inspiration for the New Year, I guess!

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Tucking into a really good book is one of my favorite pastimes. When I was younger, I didn't have much time at all for socializing and or exploring other interests (that's what a year-round hard-core competitive sport will do to you), so I would often come home from swim practice and pick up a book almost immediately. I read myself to sleep more times that I can count. Books were safe. Books were my friends. Books gave me an escape. Books fueled my imagination and made me feel like the world was bigger than everything going on in my life (which is totes true, btw.)

I'm now in a MUCH better place (and I have plenty of real friends, thankyouverymuch), but I still have lots of nights where I'm just like, "Go out? Or stay here, bake some cookies, and read a book in my sweatpants? Whatever shall I do... Duh. Stay in." 

From  Bustle  (also, Gilmore Girls)

From Bustle (also, Gilmore Girls)

Being honest - I have like 50 business books on my wishlist personally, and of course, I'm happy to share them with my fellow business nerds and ambitious soul-inspired entrepreneurs!

Tell me in the COMMENTS BELOW what other books are on your Holiday Wishlist?


BIG MAGIC, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Get it on Amazon

I've heard this is amazing for those of us looking for more creative inspiration, and it SO made The List this year. 

"Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us." - from Amazon




Choose Yourself, by James Altucher

Get it on Amazon

If you haven't read this yet and you're a new entrepreneur or businesswomen, or even throwing together a startup right now - you've gotta pick up a copy of this one. It changed my world. I love how direct James is in his writing, and I follow my own version of the Daily Practice.




What Do You Do With An Idea?, by Kobi Yamada

Get it on Amazon

This book is adorable - and yes, it's a kids' book but I fully believe that sometimes kids books can make things so simple and straightforward that it's like, the answer just comes to you in 5 minutes of reading instead of a few hours. Get what I'm saying? Plus, if you have kids and you want them to feel empowered about their ideas, it would make a great childrens gift, too. 


Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success, by Denise Duffield Thomas

Get it on Amazon

Also on my list because I've heard this book is damn good if you really need help with your manifesting. DDT, as she's affectionately called amongst other coaches, is a goddess when it comes to manifesting, and the Law of Attractino. It's her lifeblood. Check this one out. 

Also - check out her second book, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life


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The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Get it on Amazon

I won't lie: this one majorly changed my life. In it, Gay touches on the Limiting Beliefs that have formed in our heads - essential to address for entrepreneurs (and really anyone). When you realize that everything you believe about yourslef and your abilities was inherited or passed to you before you had any control over it, you realize that you can actually do something about that belief. You can become the woman who controls her thoughts. You can have a mindset of success - letting go of the beliefs that kept you from moving forward on the path to success. 


Rising Strong, by Brene Brown

Get it on Amazon

Just trust me: you want to read this if you are struggling to deal with your emotions and feeling vulnerable. Being an entrepreneur is a roller coaster of emotions.

Check it: "Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness."


Of course, a few thrillers and mysteries MUST be on the holiday wishlist for leisurely reading. Read something a little different and get those creative juices flowing. 

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The Goldfinch, by Donna Platt

Get it on Amazon

It's mesmerizing and I love the way she writes. It's like she is IN MY HEAD! This is one of those books you won't be able to put down.




The Winter People, Jennifer McMahone

Buy it on Amazon

This was another one of those "can't put it down" books. I love all of Jennifer's mysteries, and this one finally made it over to supernatural which I love to indulge in! It satisfies the part of me that still believes in ghosts. 



Of course, you need this essential item for reading your bossbooks in the tub with a glass of pinot. Huzzah!

Available at Nordstrom.


Tell me in the COMMENTS BELOW: What else would be on your holiday wishlist? Any other books in particular for business or leisure? 

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