My Favorite Business Books

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I get a lot of questions about business, which is funny because I definitely do not have this whole thing figured out, but I do know a few things… and I tend to use those few things I know over and OVER again. But a lot of those things that I have in my arsenal I learned from reading business books.

I didn’t go to school for business.  I went to school for interior design. But coupled with growing up in a entrepreneur’s home and my love for strategy/creative problem solving, running my own business was always in the cards for me. 

Over the last few years as I have build Ashley Brooke Designs, one of the most asked questions I have received, is “What are your favorite business books?” So today friends, I am spilling it! Here are six must reads in my book (no pun intended!).


ZAG by Marty Neumeier
ReWork by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson


ZAG Oh my gosh, such a good book on marketing! It’s a must read!

ReWORK Will make you re-think how you are doing pretty much everything


Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Purple Cow by Seth Godin


The Power of Full Engagement – If you think you were focused before… you were wrong. It also covers work-life-balance, stress management, all the good stuff! READ. THIS. BOOK.

The Purple Cow – I love this book… the list of reasons why is far too long!


Great By Choice by Jim Collins
Linchpin by Seth Godin


Great By Choice – This book is the sequel to Jim Collin’s Good to Great – super insightful and inspiring!

Linchpin – I legit think about this book pretty much every single day. 


Okay, now that I’ve spilled ALL of my secrets… tell me yours! Reading anything good lately!?


  1. August 1, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Great choices! I read almost every business book there is out there prior to opening my business, including most of these and I love them!

    Two books I absolutely loved that are not on this list are:

    The one thing by Gary Keller – this book changed my life

    And of course girl boss by Sophia amoroso.

    Happy Monday

    • Ashley Brooke
      August 1, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      I’ll add them to my List, Thank you!! Xo!

    • Ashley Brooke
      August 16, 2016 / 8:06 pm


  2. Meg Michaelian
    August 22, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I love these suggestions- especially since I’m interested in joining this industry! A recent favorite I’ve picked up is “Talk Like TED” by Carmine Gallo. It’s relatable across the board!

    • Ashley Brooke
      August 23, 2016 / 11:34 am

      I’ll have to check it out! Thank you Friend!

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