Books On My Nightstand //

So these books are stacked on my nightstand.

Does anyone else do this? Put them next to your bed like it's going to motivate you to read them before bed vs. scrolling through Instagram or watching Netflix? Or desperately (hope) think that osmosis works for books, just transports information into your brain while you sleep?

(What I'm actually begging the universe for when I stack books on my nightstand is that they'll come up with the perfect business for me to start, start the business for me and dump $100,000,000 into my bank account by the time I wake up. Hasn't happened yet.)

This is never going to happen.

I know you know that and I know that so all jokes aside, what should we do? Read them. I've read these ones and they're good, and in all honesty, a part of me keeps them on my nightstand to remind me about all of the goodness in them. (To note, most of them have to do with entrepreneurship because that's what I'm knee deep in deciphering right now.) So scroll down, I've given you a little 'why I read these books and liked them' below. Maybe pick one up and settle in for a good read this long weekend.

Oil & Grain #ladyboss Books

"Started From the Bottom" ~Drake:

Growth Hacker Marketing: The internet has changed marketing. As such I think it wise to wonder what's up next in the world of marketing and how the internet and social media is impacting it. If you want your business to grow this book is a MUST. If you are in marketing this book is a MUST. It's quick and dirty, full of examples, strategies, reasoning and ideas applicable for anyone who wants to grow their business. Truth bomb: your product has to be worth talking about.

Disrupt Yourself: If you have the entrepreneur bug (good for you, I do too!) read this. Whether you are a struggling entrepreneur or one that is thriving, the world is changing fast, more people are creating opportunities for themselves and it's getting increasingly competitive to have your business/product stand out. This book is fantastic at getting your mind working about how to disrupt what you know and how you are doing things in order to see success.

The Desire Map: All the feels come out reading this one. A workbook and read, Danielle LaPorte is all about creating goals based on how you want to feel vs. creating goals that look good/goals that someone else wants you to set/goals you think you are supposed to set/I could go on forever. If you struggle to set goals but understand the importance of having them in some way, shape or form, this book just might do the trick for you.

Start With Why: Ever heard of Eric Thomas, the Hip Hop Preacher? Having a 'why' is powerful and important. If you don't believe me, believe him. And this book.

The Glitter Plan: Remember Juicy Couture sweatsuits? Yes, you do. Why? Because every single star wore one and you probably did too. Pam & Gela started their business with $200 in Gela's apartment. Want to know what their secret sauce is? Read it.

Millionaire Teacher: I am a firm believer that school does not teach us some crucial sh*t. Namely, how to deal with your finances when you hit adulthood. This one is about smart spending and investing so if you're a self proclaimed dummy in this area like me, you'll find it valuable.

#GIRLBOSS: Yes I realize you've probably had this book recommended to you on a million other sites so consider this: there's a reason. Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal and she is wildly successful and gloriously sarcastic. She tells you how she did it without the fluff and without leaving anything out.

Everybody Writes: If you text, tweet, email, etc. you are a writer, rejoice! This book uses simple language and a concise layout to get this message across. On almost every page you'll find methods you can use to improve your writing yet it isn't an overwhelming read (probably because the author is a really good writer). I recommend having a highlighter close by, mark up the points that are valuable to you and review them before writing your next piece. If you have a blog, want to start a blog, are too afraid to start a blog because you think you aren't a writer read this book. It will put your mind at ease, fill you with confidence and equip you with tools.

Now go read!

~xo LDLF