Business Beach Reads

June 27, 2018 | Raya

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If you're wondering what kind of books or ebooks to take to the cottage or the beach this year, why not try a business book? The business book genre offers unique opportunities in summer reading. The following is a list of easy and entertaining reads that will hold your interest all vacation long:

The Barefoot Executive     

Carrie Wilkerson's work-at-home methods will inspire you to rethink your current work situation. If starting your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio is a dream come true or if you want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip, then maybe starting your own business on your own terms is what you are really after. Wilkerson will walk you through every step to achieve the life you want to lead.

  The Fire starter sessions 
In The Fire Starter Sessions Danielle LaPorte offers practical and smart advice on how to be successful. With keen insight she provides a virtual road map to a more engaged state of being. She believes that we have should be unapologetic about our deepest desires and live a life beyond our wildest dreams. Danielle reminds us that all the passion and inspiration we're seeking lies within us and she guides us to uncover that beautiful fire and share it with the world.  Read this book and change your life.

Good to great


In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins examines how good, mediocre and even bad companies can achieve enduring greatness. Collins and his research teams looked at 1,435 companies and found 11 companies, such as Fannie Mae, Philip Morris and Walgreens, that earned the "good-to-great" label. Each of these companies has a product or service that leads them to outshine all worldwide competitors. 

4-hour work week

Do you want to live more and work less?  After years of working 14 hour days, Ferriss developed a streamlined system of checking email once per day and outsourcing small daily tasks to virtual assistants. This self-help book might be just what you need to change how you work and what you want from life.

The power of habit

Charles Duhigg believes that habits are ingrained in us because they're evolutionary: the brain is always looking for a way to be more efficient, and so it creates routine. He uses examples of large corporations like Starbucks who uses habit to teach its employees how to turn willpower into habit. In The Power of Habit Duhigg explains that these habits can be changed and if people understand how certain behaviours became habits, they can change those patterns and alter their lives

Screw it let's do it

In his motivational book Screw it, Let's do it, global entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson shares his secrets to success. He built a business empire and made billions, yet is renowned for his approachability, ability to challenge and succeed against the odds. Branson reveals the lessons from life that have helped him through his business and personal life. He provides examples of how he learned these lessons and how he’s used them to become successful. He will inspire you to make a difference in your own life.



In this engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller Sr., Ron Chernow reveals Rockefeller's troubled origins and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, was known as both a rapacious robber baron and a philanthropist who donated money lavishly to universities and medical centers. 

The Match King

This book traces Ivar Kreuger's meteoric rise in the 1920s from virtual obscurity in Sweden, to construction mogul and then global business oligarch in America. Ivar acquired match monopolies around the world and became the leading lender to foreign governments. A self-made media figure, he discovered and promoted Greta Garbo but also advised politicians, including President Hoover. After his suicide in 1932 the true nature of his empire emerged.