Summer Reading List: 10 Must Read Books for Today’s Business Person

Do you remember when you were a kid in school, and they’d hand you a list of books you should read over the summer? I know a good percentage of you threw that list in the trash can in favor of swimsuits and skinned knees. But then again, a good percentage of you crossed a few off the list on your family road trip to Disney.

Fast forward to 2017: we’re inundated with online, “snackable” content curated for us. We’re reading one pixel at a time, all day long. Offline reading has become a quiet, seldom retreat for today’s business person.

I get it, you’re thinking to yourself, who has time to read books these days? I will tell you who: thought leaders, go-getters and people that make things happen. Want to join them? Technology has made it easier for you: listen on Audible or scroll through your Kindle Fire. Or, gasp!, read an actual book during that well-deserved beach vacation.

Don’t know what you should be reading? When I’m in search of book recommendations on a particular subject, I ask the experts. Some members of the Milspo Project have been kind enough to recommend this “Must Read” list for those in business. These military spouses are lady-bosses, family ringleaders, and still, they make time for a good read. So check out the list below and report back to us with your takeaways!

  • “Playing Big” by Tara Mohr
  • “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown
  • “Million Dollar Women” by Julia Pimsleur
  • “Knowing Your Value” by Mika Brzezinski
  • “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon
  • “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero
  • “Contagious” by Jonah Berger
  • “EntreLeadership” by Dave Ramsey
  • “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield
  • “Business Dating” by Honoree Corder


Nikki James Zellner is a mom to two boys, a Navy wife, a volunteer and Senior Marketing Coach for Germono Advertising Company with over 19 years experience in media and marketing. She can be reached at

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