Valentina reading one of the books from her 2020 list.

Read Books of 2020

Transform Your Stories: Overcome Your Toxic Stories, Become a Courageous and Confident Leader, and Impact the World By Ashley Cox. I learned from this book that cultural things I have heard and certain fear related stories I have been telling myself have lead me to have insecurities. I have recently said no to several projects because it wasn’t a “right fit” but maybe perhaps, it is time to answer the questions and journal ideas provided in each chapter and say “yes”! Really loved those examples and journal prompts to dig deeper into these areas for improvement.

The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tanya Dalton. Such a candid read and full of tips for productivity and simplifying your priorities. 

Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow your Tribe, and Build a Successful Business by Pat Flynn.Really enjoyed his style of storytelling, really recommend because of the action items at the end of each chapter. I ended up doing a lot of the activities recommended. Book from Sparkle Hustle Grow Box. 

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared by Jessica Honegger. Read it last year before I became a Noonday Ambassador, her stories of her journey of adoption, business, and artisans behind her jewelry could inspire anyone. 

Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story by Jess Ekstrom 

This book immediately made me a fan, her stories were hilarious yet inspiring. I definitely recommend reading this book when you’re seeking more optimism and thinking of how your past stories of struggles and can get help others overcome their own.

The Selling Staircase: Mastering the Art of Relationship Selling by Nikki Rausch. For so long, I’ve wanted to read one of her books. So glad I discovered it in my Sparkle Hustle Grow monthly subscription box. This book is a must-read for anyone starting, in the middle of starting, or has owned a business for years. It made me rethinking people’s conversations with me and how it could lead to a potential sale. 

The Context Marketing Revolution: How to Motivate Buyers in the Age of Infinite Media By Mathew Sweezy. Probably one of the hardest book I’ve read since I finished my MBA program. This was highly recommended and I learned a lot of the future trends coming in Marketing.

The Age of Influence: The Power of Influencers to Elevate Your Brand by Neal Schaffer

Discloser: I received this book from the author for free. 

This book is crucial for anyone who are looking to invest time and resources into influencer marketing – effectively!  I learned so much through the case studies, tools/resources, and strategies mentioned throughout this book. I highly recommend anyone in a corporate setting or business owners to really consider reading this book in it’s entirety before launching any influencer campaigns.

Stop Checking Your Likes: Shake off the need for approval and live an incredible life by Susie Moore. This is fun read, really enjoyed her action items/exercises at the end of the chapter. Full of practical tips on branding, networking, and building a business. Book from Sparkle Hustle Grow Box. 

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno. This was a hilarious read that I wish had the first year I was in business. Book from Sparkle Hustle Grow Box. 

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving by Angela Santomero. This author was the protégé from Mr. Rogers and wrote the story behind Daniel the Tiger. I learned tips on how to patient and spread kindness, it was a short read that made my heart fuzzy. Book from Sparkle Hustle Grow Box. 

It’s About Time: The Art of Choosing the Meaningful Over the Urgent by Valorie Burton. I would always learn so much from her tips when I would see her do a segment on the Today Show. I really loved this book. She includes exercises about time-management, relationships with family, and work priorities. Book from Sparkle Hustle Grow Box. 

Nice Girls Don’t Speak Up or Stand Out: How to Make Your Voice Heard, Your Point Known, and Your Presence Felt by Dr. Lois P. Frankel. (Audiobook only) This was a read that every woman from college aged to in the trenches of her career or business should read. These tips not only are great for business but fun relationships with spouses, partners, team, people working for you.

Make Virtual Meetings Matter: How to Turn Virtual Meetings from Status Updates to Remarkable Conversations by Paul Axtell. This book actually had tips perfect for this year where we’ve all had to be forced into virtual meetings due to the pandemic. Book from Sparkle Hustle Grow Box. 

For fun reads:

Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (on audible)

La mujer que llegó del mar by Mercedes Guerrero. 

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.

Any book catch your interest? If so, let me know and we chat about it.

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