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7 Books You “MUST” Read As a Blogger!

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You might not know this about me, but I read like a mad man. I go through multiple books at the same time, and spend hours just sitting there, reading about something that interests me at a given moment. When I read, I forget about the entire world. It’s kind of crazy actually. Recently, I was thinking about how little people read in general, and I wanted to give you some suggestions for books you absolutely have to read, if…

You Want to Be
an Effective and
Successful
Blogger !

Everyone of the publications I’ll share with you is unique and extremely helpful to you, so we’ll take a moment to discuss them. Grab a drink and read hardy (as they say…)

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

stephen-covey-7-habits-of-highly-effective-peopleI don’t like Stephen Covey as a writer, but I love this book. If you go through it, you will not only be a better, more fulfilled blogger, you’ll have all you need to develop great habits to be effective no matter what you do, whether it’s at home, at work, or anywhere else. Some of the habits include:

  • Thinking proactively, which is crucial if you want to get things done when they need to be done.
  • When you blog, timing is everything, so knowing how to overcome obstacles quickly and efficiently is key.
  • Prioritizing and understanding there are good things to do, and better things to do.

I see so many bloggers waste time all day long because they get terribly distracted. If you’re able to prioritize effectively, there might still be time that’ll slip through your fingers, but you’ll have great control over…

How Much Time
You Spend On
Which Things !

Understand before being understood. This is something not many people know how to do, and if you master this skill…

You’ll Automatically
Set Yourself Apart from
the Blogging Crowd !

It’s impossible to talk about every single habit in the book without making this post terribly long, but it’s a good read.

Pick it Up and
Enjoy it !

how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people-cover2. How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is one of those books you just read in one sitting. As I read it, I was absolutely fascinated by what Dale has to say. He teaches you exactly how to communicate with people effectively, and although the book is relatively old and mostly applies to face to face type of communication…

It’s a Gem that
Every Blogger Should Have
in Their Treasure Chest !

Think-and-Grow-Rich3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This, again, is a fabulous book. It talks about how powerful your mind is and how you can have pretty much anything you want, if you just think about it. Yes, I do realize how it sounds. You have to read the book to understand…

What I Am
Trying to Say
Here !

4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

cialdini-influenceI remember, when I was reading this book, I was literally unable to put it down. I actually sat through the night, in order to finish it. Great book. It goes through different persuasion strategies and how you can use them. When you are done reading this, I can guarantee your brain will go into overdrive and your head will be…

Spinning
With Ideas !

Actually, I have a little exercise for you. Go ahead and read the book, apply one strategy from it on your blog, and pay close attention to how powerful it is. Great read and…

Highly
Recommended !

5. The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Timothy-FerrissThis book is literally a time saver. It teaches you how to get more done and work less in the process. The one tip I remember from it is this:

You don’t have to (and even shouldn’t) meet with your staff. Meetings are completely useless most of the time. If you train your staff well and tell them you don’t deal with problems, they’re going to get used to it and learn to…

Solve the Problems
Themselves !

If there are problems they can’t solve on their own, have them send you an email which you then check twice a day at a predetermined time (which they are made aware of.) You check the mail and write back with a solution to the problem.If it’s impossible to solve the problem over email, then use the phone. Never have a meeting.

How’s that for
Productivity Advice?

Now, I know this might be a bit hard to apply to blogging, but the book is packed full of small little gems like that. Read it, take what you can, and use it. You’ll soon discover you have more time to do things you really enjoy doing, not just…

Work,
Work and
More Work !

6. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships by John Gray

ImageYou’ve probably heard of this book. I’ve read somewhere it’s the best selling hard cover in the U. S. It’s a book for couples, but it lets you peek into the brains of both men and women. When you read the book, you’ll understand the basic differences in how men and women think, and since your market are men and women…

This Kind of Knowledge is
Invaluable !

7. The original Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum or (If You Don’t Like Extremely Fast Paced Spy Stories) The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

c7896These two books have absolutely nothing to do with blogging, but I put them on this list, because no matter how much time you think you don’t have, you need pleasure reading. I like Stephen King for that purpose as well, but that’s a completely different story. These two will do, and you can, obviously, replace them with your favorite reading-for-fun books…

As Long As You Do Read for Fun !

It’s more important than you think. There you go. The 7 books you must read as a blogger. What would you add to this list? Post below!

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  • Bram Groenendaal 29/08/2013, 5:14 am

    i have read the book, the 4-our work week. It was the first book i have read completely, it was awesome!
    Is anyone familiair with a book which is according to it?
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  • Krishan Kumar
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    15/07/2013, 4:21 am

    Well I admit that I haven’t read any of given books till today, but as I can See you said these are very fabulous and we must need to read them if we want to be a successful blogger, I would like to start with `How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie` I believe this gonna change something in my career, thanks for this very useful article.
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  • Adam Dukes
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    05/07/2013, 10:28 am

    Excellent recommendations! I just ordered Influence. I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet as I hear it’s amazing. I also need to check out The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a I have heard great things about that one as well.

    The 4 Hour Work Week is what got me tarted with online marketing.
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  • Rohit Singh
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    30/06/2013, 5:16 am

    ok thanks :) i’ll try my best :) and if i’m able to find then i’ll contact u again
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  • Rohit Singh
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    25/06/2013, 5:53 pm

    Hi wong, I want to read “Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill” can you please send me the downloading link of this book? :)
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  • Alex 01/06/2013, 10:53 am

    Hi Wong
    I’ve read “Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill”
    This is my favorite book!
    Thanks for Sharing
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  • Straipsniai 23/05/2013, 6:14 am

    Thanks for sharing such great books with us. Blog writing is fun and you are making it much more interesting by these great series of books.
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  • Chetan Gupta
    Twitter:
    18/05/2013, 6:27 am

    Hey
    After reading this post i had a question in my mind that can we compare these books with top online posts on high pr blogs???
    By the way, Book by Dale Carnegie is good for me!!!
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  • Rahul 02/05/2013, 4:07 am

    Honestly speaking, I am not into reading books, but the 6th book is the one I am going to consider. I could really use some communication improvement help.
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  • Brian Couch
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    30/04/2013, 5:24 am

    i’ve read 7 habits of highly effective people, how to win friends and influence people, and think and grow rich. right now im 2 chapters into the psychology of influence and I’ve watched a presentation that robert cialdini did(so awesome!) If I could add an 8th to this list, it would be psycho cybernetics

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  • Luis 27/04/2013, 3:43 am

    Wong, a friend of mine sent me a link to this article saying I should read these books. I’ve already read 3 on the list (Timothy Ferriss, Dale Carnegie, and John Gray), but I’ll be sure to check out the rest. I look forward to exploring the rest of your blog as well.

    Reply
  • Rudd
    Twitter:
    19/03/2013, 2:24 am

    The first time I read the post title, I though this is going to be another list of blogging-related ebook. But I’m wrong. Never read any of the book on your list and it’s great when you can extract something from them to be use in your blogging career.
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  • Sara Loren 18/03/2013, 12:51 am

    Think and Grow Rich is the best one from them, you must read it to get success in the blogging business.
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  • vicky
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    17/03/2013, 2:07 am

    I love reading books and I wanted to add Harry Potter to the list for fun reading. Its written amazingly and some would not approve, but I like it so much. You have made me greedy by listing out these awesome books. I want to read them all, they sound so interesting. I might start with Psychology for Persuasion as it intimated me the most. Thanks for this awesome list.
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  • Koj T. Tajo
    Twitter:
    15/03/2013, 11:29 pm

    Hey Wong great list of books would love to purchase couple of them. How I wished you gave a link to find and purchase those books.
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    • Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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      15/03/2013, 11:58 pm

      If you really want to read those books, you will eventually find them through Google. Don’t be lazy wishing for a link because it shows how fake you are when you say you “love to purchase couple of them” when the obvious truth is even if I gave the link would you even click and buy it?
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      • Koj T. Tajo
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        16/03/2013, 12:09 am

        Hey WONG You are indeed a Bad Blogger :) . I already ordered Dale Carnegie’s from flipKart. Hmmm you are really a different kinda blogger ;) . And then many make a list and add link to that. I didn’t find one. Why one has to go back to google after seeing the list. And on the first hand dont approve only if you find me fake. I thought I would have been your loyal reader. And I even bookmarked it. It ain’t cool buddy! but never mind I’m ok and I’ll be coming back for your help WONG :)
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        • Wong Chendong aka The Bad Blogger
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          16/03/2013, 12:25 am

          Just in case you didn’t know, I’m a blogger that speaks honestly to what I see and read because you said you love to purchase but on the other hand you are asking for a link?
          It is like you love a women so much and on the other hand you are asking where you can find a women when the truth is they are everywhere.
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          • Koj T. Tajo
            Twitter:
            16/03/2013, 12:36 am

            Wong, I love your honesty and straightforwardness. And you certainly would standout for those attributes. Nice meeting you. looking forward for more not just the links :) . I am coming back again and again. It is really refreshing to see those Angelaabies after so much hectic schedules. Ses Ya Wong. Regards.

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  • Gaurav
    Twitter:
    13/03/2013, 3:41 pm

    I have read almost each of the above books, and I can say these are some really good compilations for not only bloggers, but every businessman.

    I love the content of your blog, which is why I have written about your blog at http://www.techrazr.com/10-must-see-blogs-for-every-aspiring-blogger/. Keep up the nice work!

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  • Pawan
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    01/03/2013, 12:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful books. +1 for this nice post. Keep sharing.
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  • Eva Suzuki
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    01/03/2013, 8:38 am

    Great list. The one that stands out the most in my mind is John Grey’s Men/Women. This book is vital for any couple who wants to make their relationship work. Reading the paragraph alone about what a woman goes through when she is hungry could save a marriage! I’m not kidding. Thanks for sharing.

    Eva
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  • Vikram
    Twitter:
    24/02/2013, 10:57 pm

    Hey, out of 6 books mentioned above, i think i am aware about only one of them. Thanks for sharing this list as it will be very helpful in increasing my knowledge about blogging. I will try to get those books.
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  • Agrodut Mandal 21/02/2013, 7:46 pm

    I read The 4-hour Work Week some months ago and reviewed it on my blog, too. I liked the ideas a lot, but had some of the same reservations that JD and some of the other commenter expressed. Overall, I think the idea is to structure your life so as to maximize your own satisfaction.

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  • Nidhan
    Twitter:
    19/02/2013, 4:38 pm

    Hi wong , You have setup a wonderful list . I am going to read the book entitled “the four hour work week” . This could really help me to boost my blogging efforts . I am very punctual in my writing but somehow I feel bored . I hope all the list mentioned above gonna help me allot .
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  • Atish Ranjan 09/02/2013, 7:13 pm

    Hey, Good list of books however I love to watch videos instead of reading but I think atleast I can read one book from this list which is about the 7 habits…

    Thanks for the list mate.
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  • Raghavendra 06/02/2013, 3:13 pm

    Hi! Im a newbie blogger! Till now, i’ve been just going through a lot of posts in a vast blogging community related to blogging etc. This is a nice list im guessing thank you Mr. Bad! ;) I’ve read Robert ludlum, the rest, im downloading now! :)
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  • Thejas Kamath
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    04/02/2013, 11:49 pm

    I have been reading a lot of books related to blogging. I am gonna try reading these too. Thank you for listing up top books that a blogger must read.
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  • Kent Morris 04/02/2013, 5:42 pm

    Hi,
    I actually just finished reading How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie for the first time. I have it on my phone even so I can reference it and use it as a basic guide to dealing with people!
    Thank you
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  • Prithvi
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    16/01/2013, 1:15 am

    Out of those 7 you mentioned I have read 2.. One is THINK AND GROW RICH which is my all time favorite book and I have read that for over 10 times now. It just teaches you to believe in yourself and your dreams that is seriously so much important for a blogger or any other entrepreneur out there.. Second one I have read is How to win friends and influence people, that is again a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing 5 more books that I can go and read in order to be more motivated..
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  • Purnima 12/01/2013, 2:03 am

    Impressive list Wong . I have not been able to read most of these books however after this share of yours I have picked my list for the months to come. Have read Men are From Mars and it is engrossing as it genuinely helps one to peep into the brains of both men and women . Nice share.

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  • Chiranjeev
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    10/01/2013, 1:32 am

    Hi Wong, Thanks for the list of books for a blogger. Will must try. By the way nice article once again.
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  • Saurabh
    Twitter:
    06/01/2013, 11:42 am

    Thanks for sharing such great books with us. Blog writing is fun and you are making it much more interesting by these great series of books. ;)
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  • Sean Nicholson
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    01/01/2013, 1:34 am

    LOL! I love that you added the Bourne books in. Great series :)

    I have read several of the other books and agree that there are plenty of nuggets from them to apply to blogging. The other one I would suggest is “Rich Dad’s: Before You Quit Your Job”. It will help explain the difference between a job and an adventure and, for bloggers, it’s a bit of a gut-check as to whether you can actually quit your job and make a full time living from writing.

    Cheers!

    –Sean
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  • Big Chris
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    28/12/2012, 11:09 am

    classic, I just noticed the chicks holding the “I love” signs

    I used to do that too, awesome
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  • Big Chris
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    28/12/2012, 11:07 am

    LOVE YOUR BLOG MAN

    Just found it from Alden’s … which I just found as all

    Great branding, on my old business blog I used to put a lot of hot chicks with guns, I stopped after becoming a father of four, felt it was in-congruent with my path

    Glad to see someone got it right and is making it work, you’re doing it much better than I did, the girl thing and branding

    Fortunately that blog still supports my fam, and I love blogging so much I just started a 2nd

    There’s not too many blogs who’s brand I like, I like some of the minimalists looks, Tucker , Jason Ferruggia, but I;m adding yours to the short list of blogs who’s branding I FUCKING LOVE

    Gonna share this with my FB following

    Keep on Keeping on Bad Blogger, you got this shit dialed the fuck in
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  • Sai Kumar
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    21/12/2012, 4:03 am

    Hi Wong, I have not even read a single book which you have listed. I will try to read Atleast one or two books from the above list. Thanks for Sharing
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  • Lennart Heleander 21/12/2012, 3:49 am

    Hi Wong,
    Well, as I and many others now only read articles and blogs with fresh content and is difficult to read a book of 200 – 300 pages. I can not remember when I read a book recently, there has to be a 8-10 years ago. Time has changed and I think that books will disappear in the future.

    And by the way, have a really good Christmas and a happy new year. I hope you will write as good and sometimes odd articles next year.

    //Lennart (In the the hammock under my palm trees in the sun in Spain)

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  • Justin
    Twitter:
    19/12/2012, 9:57 am

    Hey Wong,
    I have read every book in your post except the psychology of persuasion. I will definitely add it to my list this year.

    How to Make Friends and Influence People is my favorite one on your recommended reading list.

    Take Care.
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  • Radha Krishna
    Twitter:
    17/12/2012, 10:30 pm

    I’m not a bookworm but today I am interested in reading the first book mentioned by you (habits of highly effective people). Its title attracted me a lot. Let’s see how my first experience will be.
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  • TracyAnn0312 17/12/2012, 9:36 am

    It is very important for the bloggers to know all of these ideas in order to become more capable and successful in marketing business. Good thing you have shared these great topic in your blog.
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  • Jason Mathes
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    17/12/2012, 3:39 am

    I actually just finished reading How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie for the first time. I have it on my phone even so I can reference it and use it as a basic guide to dealing with people!

    Although for me the Series or Books you need to read? This can be highly contested. My all time favorite book happens to be Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. I don’t agree with his religious beliefs but he is one hell of a story teller.

    Another series is the “Sword of Truth” series by Terry Goodkind.

    I have read so many books in my lifetime it is hard to choose though. I’ll need to add the others you’ve mentioned to my to-read list!

    Oh, and if you a big reader? Check out GoodReads. You can put reviews of books you read on there as well as share your read list with other friends!
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  • Irfan Siddiqui
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    15/12/2012, 8:59 pm

    Frankly, I have not read any of the book that you’ve mentioned here. But, I like to read books occasionally it helps you get knowledge, your English, and gives a good time to keep yourself alone.
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