Personal Development Book Recommendations

It’s happening! Santa is getting ready and soon to be on his way!!!

I love holiday season; cosy, family time and giving and receiving gifts. And a gift I love to give (and receive) is a book.

I have always had a love for reading, in fact, I did my Open University degree in English Literature because I love reading so much. These days, however, I read much more non-fiction than I used to (although I still mix it up) and I often get asked for book recommendations! What better time of year to write a blog with my recommendations?

Full Disclosure:

· I’m going to recommend my books, I’m no fool!

· The blog starts with books I have read, enjoyed and gained value from then concludes with what’s on my Wishlist.

· All the books listed are also (probably) available from other retailers as well as Amazon. I am providing an amazon link so you can check them out, and if you choose to buy through the links below I receive a small affiliate bonus (but you will not be charged more).

· I am still discovering new authors and always happy to hear your recommendations.

Without further ado, let’s start this list!

You Are A Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero

Okay, so this book changed my life. I knew about limiting beliefs before this (obviously) and I knew that I had some about money, but I’d never really connected with my own money stories. As part of Jen’s You Are A Badass series this book helps you dig deep into your money stories AND gives you the tools and mindset shifts to break them. I first got this book on audio, a medium I don’t always get on with. I’ve listened to it numerous times and invested in the paperback. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

The Expecting Entrepreneur: Growing Your Business While Growing Your Baby – Lauren Malone (ME!)

This book ALSO changed my life, but for different reasons. This is my book, the book that allowed me to say, ‘I am a published author’.

When I started my business at 8 weeks pregnant, I was called crazy and told it would be too difficult. I was outraged that we weren’t encouraging and supporting women to follow their dreams and create the life that they want for themselves and their families. I knew back then that I wanted to be a positive voice as part of the conversation and so The Expecting Entrepreneur was born.

This book isn’t only for women who are currently pregnant and growing a business – the message is the same whether that’s your story or not. The message that you can do what you want, when you want, how you want, if you believe in yourself and your ambition. The message is that women are valid and powerful and don’t belong in boxes.

You can learn more about this book and my story here: and limited number of signed copies are also available from me directly, just email

Chillpreneur – Denise Duffield-Thomas

Have you ever read a book and felt: ‘I could have written this!’ That’s how I felt reading Chillpreneur. I love how DTD doesn’t shy away from the common beliefs held by women in the entrepreneurial space, challenging them and giving practical steps forward. If you have ever thought you need to work harder in order to make more money, this book is for you. If you have a friend who is always complaining about how busy they are, do them a favour and buy them this book!

Nonviolent Communication – Marshall B. Rosenburg

‘If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate could indeed be called “violent” communication’

As business owners we need to communicate – that’s obvious. But the real challenge so often faced by female entrepreneurs, in my experience, isn’t just communicating with your audience, clients etc but also communicating with friends and family and other business owners – hands up if you’ve been asked who’s looking after the kids? Or had people question your business decisions or even disrespect them.

This book is a practical guide, packed FULL of valuable tips and tools that will help you improve your communication skills.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven R. Covey

A classic! If you like personal development books and haven’t read this one, I really encourage you to get it. Also a great gift for those just starting their personal development journey. First published in 1989, this has been around for a while, but the message is still valid, although often forgotten – we can have a more positive impact on our own lives, and those of others by transforming the way we think.

It’s quite a big book and not one I would describe as an ‘easy, light-hearted read’ so I often recommend reading it in chunks, exactly as the author recommends too: read a habit – create the habit – move on to the next. As someone who loves to break up my non-fiction with some fiction, this approach works really well for me.

Your Brain is Boss – Dr Lynda Shaw

I studied neuroscience with Dr Shaw and I can tell you this for nothing – she knows her stuff! Not only does she understand the brain and its power she also has an amazing ability to communicate that knowledge and demonstrate how we can us it in our every day and business lives.

If neuroscience is something you’re interested in, I highly recommend checking out this book. It’s not filled with complicated scientific jargon but packed with clear explanations and direction.

MindsetDr Carol S. Dweck

Another classic on the list and one that proudly announces on the cover, of my copy, that it’s ‘essential reading for anyone with aspirations’. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this as an introduction to mindset as I found it a bit heavy going but still a great read if you’re read to really understand the topic.

The Art of Being Brilliant – Andy Cope and Andy Whittaker

If you’re looking for a big dollop of positive fun, but with a practical message then get yourself a copy of this book.

When I first moved to The Forest of Dean back in early 2019, when I had just started my business, I didn’t know any one and I’d actually never heard of networking. I decided to set up a personal development book club, and this was the first book on our list. It was really well received. It’s funny but also gets its message across.

The authors have a range of books in the Being Brilliant collection. This is the only one I have read so far but have also heard great things about some of their other titles.

KindfullnessPadraig O’Morain

A beautifully written and poignant book. I talk a lot about how the world would be a better place if we were all more compassionate and I believe that compassion starts with ourselves. For a lot of people becoming more mindful can seem a bit daunting – where will you find the time? This book is all about slowing down and gives tips and tools to help self-compassion become your natural. I loved this book so much I quoted it in my own book The Expecting Entrepreneur!

The Game Changers HandbookEdited by Kizzi Nkwocha

The final book on this list is another one that features me! I am the author of chapter two – The Mindset of Starting and Running a Successful Business.

As well as my awesome chapter, the book also has chapters on social media, outsourcing, public speaking, financing, franchising, networking skills and so much more.

Do you know someone who has started their own business this year? Then this is a great gift!

I also have limited copies available (at a better price than amazon :P) so if you’d like a signed copy, pop me a message at

So, what am I reading next?

I’ve not read these ones yet, but they’re either on my shelf or subtly being hinted at:

- The Psychology of Money – Morgan Housel

- Badass Habits – Jen Sincero

- Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

- Immediate Action – Thibaut Meurisse

- The Infinite Game – Simon Sinek

- Courage is Calling – Ryan Holiday

All that’s left for me to do with this blog is wish you a very happy holiday season, whatever your plans and whatever it means to you.

Obviously, I couldn’t include every personal development book I’ve ever read or want to read on this list because a) You don’t want to be here for hours and b) some of them are crap. However, are there any books I’ve not mentioned that you would recommend? Get in touch, email me at

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