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My 2017 Reading List, Part 1: Home Business Books

2017 reading challenge book list

Reading is something that I rarely make enough time for, although I want it to be a priority. I see the value of reading wholesome, encouraging books that help me with my WAHM job, my Christian walk, my parenting and my homeschooling adventures. It’s easy for me to isolate myself, to be stuck in my own mind with only my limited ideas and knowledge to guide me. It helps to get outside my own head and glean wisdom from other women and men who might have better ideas than my own. I need to prioritize my own reading time so that I can learn to be a better mom, wife, Christian, business woman and homeschool teacher.

Because of this, I’ve chosen a bunch of books that I’m challenging myself to read in 2017, and I’m choosing to make time in my schedule to read them. Many of these books I received as part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundles and Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle that I purchased last year and the year before. As great as my intentions were, I never got around to enjoying these. But this year is the year for me to dust these off and get after it.

I’d like to challenge you also to do the same with your own book list, created out of your own priorities. Or, if you’re like me and you purchased these bundles with great intentions, won’t you also dust them off and join me on the journey? Most, if not all, of these books can also be found on Amazon, many as Kindle books or ebooks for download. I’ve provided links to purchase them (they are affiliate links) if you so desire. Just click on the pictures to go to the item page. So, without further ado, here’s part one…

Home Business / Blogging Books

How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup – I started this book but never finished it. It has a wealth of great information for creating and growing a successful blog and I can’t wait to put this to use.

How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup


Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom (Kindle) by Tricia Goyer – Balance is something I so desperately need and this book looks like a great resource to help me find that balance. One thing that very much interests me is the part about not comparing ourselves to others and also creating focus themes for our families. This is an concept that I’d like to learn more about.

Overcoming Your FBA Fears (Kindle) by Stephen & Rebecca Smotherman– Since my home business uses Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) to sell items online, I thought this might be a good resource. I’ve been doing FBA for a couple years, so many of these ideas may not be new to me, but I really respect Stephen and Rebecca and think I will learn some stuff from this book nevertheless. There is also a volume two that I may read as well, but I’ll start here.

Silent Sales Machine 9.0 (Kindle) by Jim Cockrum – This is another author whom I really respect. I’ve read this book once before, but I feel it’s time to give it another go-around. It’s about creating multiple streams of income, including the Amazon business model that I currently use. Since I intend to expand into other areas, I feel the information in this book is valuable and necessary for my future business growth.


Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson – I’ve heard so many good things about this book and since I am at the beginning of my blogging journey, I figure there’s no better time than now to start reading this book. It will be one of the first books that I read this year and I hope to grow as a blogger by putting into practice what I learn from it. (This is not an affiliate link, but a link to the landing page on Abby’s website where you can purchase the packages that go with this book. I have the starter package.)

Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson


Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine – Honestly, what WAHM book list would be complete without a book by Crystal Paine from ? This is another book that I started but never finished. I plan to finish it this time. Crystal is such an amazing woman and I can’t wait to be encouraged by her words.

Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine

Well, that wraps up my home business reading list for 2017. I hope you’ll check back tomorrow for my 2017 homeschooling book choices.

What books are you reading this year?

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