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101+ Books for Bloggers You Need for Success (That You’ll Love Reading!)

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Last Updated on March 20, 2021 by Kelly Thoreson

These 101+ books for bloggers will not only help you take your blog to the next level, but will make your life better all around.

Big claim … I know! But I am uniquely qualified to make it, hear me out:

  • I harbor a borderline creepy love of books
  • Barnes and Noble is my happy place
  • I like … stalker-love blogging

What do you get when you add these things together? A book-obsessed blogger with high standards.

Every one of these books has been scrutinized for current relevancy and badass-ness, which means that if they made the cut – they’re worth their weight in gold!

Writing Books for Bloggers

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

If you’re looking to hone your writing skills all-around, Bird by Bird is a great place to start.

This is a quick read, funny at times, and approachable for writers of all skill levels. I revisit my well-loved copy often!

The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing Copy That Sells by Robert W. Bly

Sales pages got ya down? The Copywriter’s Handbook will walk you through the steps to sales copy that converts.

Copywriting Secrets by Jim Edwards

Please excuse the creepy cover because, damn, Copywriting Secrets is a great book.

It is packed FULL of, just like it says, copywriting secrets!

Not only is this book invaluable for learning to write sales copy, but I love how short and sweet the chapters are. It was easy to consume a short chapter each morning without getting overwhelmed by new information.

Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

Widely regarded as a writer’s toolbox staple, Everybody Writes should be on every blogger’s to-read list!

How to Write a Good Advertisement by Victor O. Schwab

You’re going to see How to Write a Good Advertisement recommended by a lot of bloggers, frequently.

That’s because this oldie-but-goodie, first published in the 1940’s, has stood the test of time and proved itself to be a go-to guide on copywriting.

Long Story Short by Margot Leitman

Think you don’t have any interesting stories to tell? Think again!

Long Story Short is all about the art of storytelling, how to find stories in your everyday life, and convey them in an interesting way!

Which, will help you stand out online (super important!).

On Writing by Stephen King

Half autobiography, half, “how to write” combo, On Writing is an interesting mix of sentimentality and practical advice.

If you are looking to expand as a writer and get some insight into the sheer amount of writing practice it takes to become Stephen King, On Writing will not disappoint!

🀍Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Ever wonder why humans love stories so much?

Wired for story dives into the brain science behind storytelling and how to wield it to your advantage, an invaluable tool for any blogger.

🀍Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Ask anyone you know who self-identifies as a writer, I betcha $5 bucks they have this book.

Considered a classic amongst wordsmiths, Writing Tools is chalk full of tactics to cut the fat from your writing (55 of them, actually).

It is worth noting that this book was written for traditional writers. Some of the, “strategies” don’t apply to blogging, which is like the Wild Wild West of writing.

For example, Writing Tools claims dashes (-) are unacceptable. Not in blogging, my friend!

My advice? Take those old school rules with a grain of salt.

Blogging Books for Bloggers

🀍Content Rules by Ann Handley + CC Chapman

🀍31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo by Bryan Allain

🀍Blog, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

🀍Content, Inc by Joe Pulizzi

🀍How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir

🀍How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich

🀍ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to A Six-Figure Income

🀍ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business by Mark Hayward

Branding Books for Bloggers

🀍Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

🀍Faster, Smarter Louder: Master Attention in a Noisy Digital Market by Aaron Aguis + Gian Clancey

🀍Influencer: Building your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media

Budgeting & Finance Books for Bloggers

🀍The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

🀍Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

Business Books for Bloggers

🀍Ask For it: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want

ask for it

You need this book if: networking scares the hell out of you because you loathe self-promotion.

Ask For It by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever covers how to ask for what you want when you’re uncomfortable asking for things you want.

If you’re a blogger, you need to be networking and if you’re uncomfortable with self-promotion and asking for what you need – networking is going to be really hard. I know, cause I’m totally that person.

Yes, it’s written for women but after reading this book I think that anyone who struggles with assertiveness could get a lot from it!

🀍Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno

🀍Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham

🀍Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter

🀍Talk Triggers by Jay Baer and Daniel Lemin

🀍The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

🀍The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

Creativity Books for Bloggers

🀍The Artist’s Way

the artists way

You need this book if: you’re creatively blocked or would like to be writing more posts than you are now.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is a must-read for any creator out there. Elizabeth Gilbert once said there would be no Eat, Pray, Love without the Artist’s Way and I can certainly say there wouldn’t be a Blogfiti either!

I will warn you: it can be a bit woo-woo for some people. There’s a lot of spiritual-talk in this one.

BUT – even if you’re not a spiritual, woo-woo, person I am confident you will still learn so much about your own personal creative process through the Artist’s Way. It’s simple, read this book, write more.

If you need a boost getting your writing started, check out my Blog Daily: 7 Day Blog Writing Challenge. It’s the reason I’m still here blogging today and took me from writing 1 post per month to 8! … 8!

🀍Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins

🀍Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley

Entrepreneurship for Bloggers

🀍Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

🀍Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

🀍The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

🀍Don’t Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career by Cathy Heller

🀍Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Your Business by Paul Jarvis

Inspiring Books for Bloggers

🀍#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

🀍Contagious: Why Things Catch On

contagious why things catch on

You need this book if: you feel like you do/could have a really amazing idea to share with the world but don’t know how to do it.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger is a crazy interesting book about ideas, how they originate, and why they spread. Super applicable to blogging! What is a blog anyway but a collection of ideas?

🀍Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

🀍Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

grit the power of perserverance books for bloggers

You need this book if: you’re feeling down and defeated by blogging (this is 100% normal, BTW) and need a pep talk.

I loved Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance waaaay before I began blogging. But since then it has taken on a whole new meaning …

Grit means never giving up, even when everyone thinks you’re crazy to keep going. And that’s exactly what it takes to make it as a blogger. Grit by Angela Duckworth is a life-changing book. Go get some.

Goal Setting Books for Bloggers

🀍Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

🀍The Desire Map: a Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

🀍Your Best Year Ever: a 5 Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt

Mindset Books for Bloggers

🀍Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

🀍Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

🀍Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

mindset carol s dweck books for bloggers

You need this book if: you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to learn in order to even write your first post!

Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Phd is a truly incredible book. The synopsis is this: “you got it or you don’t” is bullshit, if you want to be Michael Jordan you’ve got to practice.

Speaking of Michael Jordan, did you know he didn’t make varsity basketball in high school? That’s right, Michael. Freaking. Jordan. The GOAT. Worth $1.9 Billion today, could not make varsity.

“Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it, that usually got me going again.”

Michael Jordan has grit. When he was told he wasn’t good enough, he worked harder until he was.

That is what Mindset is about. Working your ass off until you get it.

So … go get it!

🀍Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, MD

🀍Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

🀍The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

🀍The Most Powerful Women in the Room is You by Lydia Fenet

🀍You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

🀍You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Productivity, Organization & Habit Building Books for Bloggers

🀍Atomic Habits by James Clear

🀍CREATE Blog and Editorial Planner by Meera Kothand

create one year blog planner

You need this book if: you’re not an innately super organized person and need guidance cause you have blogging tasks coming out your ears!

I’m kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type kind of girl. CREATE Blog and Editorial Planner by Meera Kothand got me to sit down, focus, and map out a roadmap for my blog’s success.

Not that I don’t still chase the occasional squirrel …

🀍Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

🀍Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind

🀍Online Business Productivity by Timo Kiander

🀍The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran

🀍The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

🀍The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

🀍The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

🀍The One Thing: the Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

🀍The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer

🀍Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Sales & Selling Books for Bloggers

🀍80/20 Sales and Marketing: the Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall

🀍Affiliate marketing 2020 by Christopher Clarke and Adam Preace

🀍Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom

🀍Go-Givers Sell More by Bob Burg

🀍How to Write a Good Advertisement by Victor O. Schwab

🀍Meant for More by Lisa Sasevich <—- MY FAVORITE SALES BOOK!!

🀍Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

🀍Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock + Sara Laschever

women dont ask books for bloggers

You need this book if: you’re so scared to ask your audience to buy your awesome products that you don’t actually sell any of them!

Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever is the preamble to Ask for It above and much like that book it will give you the backbone you need to ask for your needs, negotiate, and realize your own power.

Just reading a couple chapters will boost your confidence through the roof, gender aside.

SEO Books for Bloggers

🀍3 Months to No. 1

months to no will coombe

You need this book if: you’ve read all the SEO advice on the entire internet and still don’t understand what it is or how to do it.

3 Months to No. 1 by Will Coombe is the only SEO explanation/game-plan I’ve ever read that actually makes sense to me, a non-techy.

P.S. – if you haven’t taken Stupid Simple SEO – go do it, like … now (worth every f’ing penny).

To top it off, it’s written by an expert, Will Coombe! Coombe has owned an SEO agency in London for over 10 years so he knows what’s up in the world of SEO.

What really sets this book apart from all the other SEO information out there is how understandable it is. Will Coombe has done a great job laying it all out in layman’s terms.

As far as books for bloggers go, this should be one of the first ones you read!

🀍SEO Like I’m 5 by Matthew Capala

🀍SEO 2020 by Adam Clarke

Social Media & Influencer Books for Bloggers

🀍500 Social Media Marketing Tips by Andrew Macarthy

🀍A Beautiful mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson

🀍Facebook Marketing: Strategies for Advertising, Business, Making Money and Making Passive Income by Noah Hope

🀍Influencer Fast Track: From Zero to Influencer in the Next 6 Months by Gundi Gabrielle

🀍Instagram Secrets by Jeremy McGilvrey

🀍Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen

🀍One Million Followers: How I Built a Massive Social Following in 30 Days

🀍The Influencer Economy: How to Launch Your Idea, Share it With the World, & Thrive in the Digital Age by Ryan Williams

🀍Storytelling by Daniel Anderson

🀍Tribes by Seth Godin

tribes we need you to lead us seth godin books for bloggers

You need this book if: you need help refining your message to your audience and letting yourself shine like the leader you are.

Okay, if you’ve never read/watched/listened to Seth Godin, now’s the time. Seth is the King Midas of 2020. Seriously everything he touches turns to mo’effing gold. Gold, baby!

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin is technically a leadership book but its messages on how to build a tribe instead of a team are astonishingly relevant to blogging. It is a super quick read and well worth your time.

Techy Books for Bloggers

🀍How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour by Steve Scott

🀍HTML and CSS by Jon Duckett

🀍WordPress for Beginners 2020: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress by Robert Eastman

🀍WordPress to Go by Sarah McHarry


There are lots of great books out there that will help you in your blogging career, even if they’re not explicitly related to blogging!

What are your favorite books for bloggers? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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