7 Books You “MUST” Read As a Blogger!

Books Blogger

Every one 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…)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen Covey

stephen-covey-7-habits-of-highly-effective-peopleIf 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 pro-actively, 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.

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-coverHow to Make Friends and
Influence People
By Dale Carnegie

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 RichThink-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.

cialdini-influenceInfluence: The Psychology of Persuasion
By Robert Cialdini

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.

The 4-hour Work Week
By Timothy Ferriss

This 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:

Timothy-FerrissYou 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 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.

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.

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.

c7896The Original Bourne Trilogy
By Robert Ludlum

This books have absolutely nothing to do with blogging, but I put it on this list, because no matter how much time you think you don’t have, you need pleasure reading.

You can obviously replace with your favourite reading-for-fun books as long as you do read for fun.

What would you add to this list? Comment below!


  1. says

    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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  2. says

    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

  3. Luis says

    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.

  4. says

    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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  5. says

    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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      • says

        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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        • says

          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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          • says

            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.

  6. says

    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.

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  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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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  9. says

    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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  10. says

    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.

  11. says

    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.


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    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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  13. says

    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)

  14. says

    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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  15. says

    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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