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2014 Reading List

So now that we're well into February (how did that happen?!) I figured it was about time to post my 2014 reading list. Most of these books are geared toward small business, design and creativity since that's what I focus on in my free time. It is not a reading list for everybody, but it's my reading list and I hope it inspires some of you. There are a few at the bottom that are focused on the greater good that I'm particularly excited about. I'm currently working on Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary and it's already wonderful. I may not get through some of these books this year, but I can sure try. If you've read any of these books, leave a comment and let us all know what you thought of it!

Money, Business, Design & Creativity

The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
by Marty Neumeier

by Jon Acuff

We Are All Weird
by Seth Godin

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
by Tom Kelley, David Kelley

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
by Michael Hyatt

The Entrepreneur's Guide To Getting Your Shit Together
by John Carlton

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together
by Pamela Slim

Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation
by Sally Hogshead

The Compound Effect Paperback
by Darren Hardy

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul
by Danielle LaPorte

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown

How to Invest $50-$5,000: The Small Investor's Step-by-Step Plan for Low-Risk Investing in Today's Economy
by Nancy Dunnan

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
by Daniel Goleman

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice 
by Todd Henry

Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process 
by Blaine Hogan

Normal Gets You Nowhere
by Kelly Cutrone, Meredith Bryan

Die Empty
by Todd Henry

The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship (The Portable MBA Series)
by William D. Bygrave, Andrew Zacharakis

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Reading List for 2013

Being a creative entrepreneur means that I need to be on top of my game. I need to know everything there is to know about running a business, product production, shipping, billing, taxes, customer service, wholesale, blogging, marketing, product photography, trade shows, inventory.. This list could go on for a while and that's exactly why I am serious about my reading list. During the month of December I am working on planning 2013 and part of that was creating my reading list. I will be writing up a short book review on each of these as I finish them. And while I'm at it I will be doing book reviews on my reads from 2012. (Social accountability, right here folks.) The 2012 books were especially crucial in getting me where I'm at right now, from no plan, no business, no products to being a fully operational business producing and selling my heart out. The 2012 reading list can be viewed here. I'm looking forward to lots of time curled up under a blanket reading these books that I've heard so much goodness about. 

The Thank You Economy - Gary Vaynerchuck
The Charge - Brendon Burchard
Digital Leader - ErikQualman
Recipe for Press - Amy Flurry
Graceful - Seth Godin
Blog Inc. - Joy Cho
How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything - Dov Seidman
The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
Like A Virgin - Richard Branson
The Personal MBA - Josh Kaufman
Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value - Mark Thompson
Life's Golden Ticket - Brendon Burchard
What I wish I Knew When I was 20 - Tina Seelig
Content Rules - Ann Handley
UnMarketing - Scott Stratten
Platform: Get Noticed in a Busy World - Michael Hyatt
The Referral Engine - John Jantsch
The Pumpkin Plan - Michael Michalowicz
Likeable Social Media - Dave Kerpern
Permission Marketing - Set Godin
Purple Cow - Seth Godin
All Marketers are Liars - Seth Godin
Turning Pro - Steven Pressfield
Uncertainty - Jonathan Fields
The Energy Bus - Jon Gordon
The Now Effect - Elisha Goldstein
The Myth of Multitasking - Dave Crenshaw
EntreLeadership - Dave Ramsey
Story Branding - Jim Signorelli
Creative Inc. - Joy Cho
The Art of Possibility - Zander
Live More, Want Less - Mary Carlomagno

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