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2018 Reading | Books for Female Entrepreneurs


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If you read my bucket list for 2018, you know I am planning to read 24 books this year! I am SO EXCITED! I have had so many books on a “one day” I’ll read or re-read that list and after 30 years I’ve finally realized it just isn’t gonna happen until I make time for it. The thing about goal planning and action taking is you have to establish starting steps or it will always remain a maybe one day kinda dream. So I took the first step and pre-planned my entire reading list for the year! These are my books for female entrepreneurs, but I pinky promise you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to find a good book on this list! There is a collection of books for entrepreneurs, books for Christians, books on marriage and family, and more to create a dynamic list of inspiring content for a thriving 2018.


My 2018 reading plan of books for female entrepreneurs, mompreneurs, and faith based business owners on Megan Martin Creative. Christian Entrepreneurs, Motherhood.


A few friends asked for me to share what books are on my list, so I thought it would be fun to share with you what I’ll be reading and why. All of my goals this year are very purposeful and this specific goal happens to be meaningful for a couple reasons:


  1. Reading is fun! I love to get lost in a book and learn something new. So in a way reading is an escape for me and entertainment! Win!
  2. The specific books I’ll be reading will help support me in the other goals I have for the year! I intentionally chose books that would be encouraging as I establish roots this year in what matters.


Each month I will read 2 books. One that is either encouraging for my soul or life-giving for our family and one business book (because I am a major biz nerd). Some are new ones that I’ve heard great things about and some I’ve read before. Quite a few of the books I’ve read before are on the business list. They are just that good! I want to dig further into their wisdom for better implementation into my efforts in 2018. And just to break ’em up, I’m sprinkling a few fiction novels in the mix!


My 2018 Book List for Female Entrepreneurs, Mompreneurs & Believers




  1. God’s Big Picture by Vaughn Roberts – This book directly supports my number 1 goal this year to read the entire Bible. God’s Big Picture is like a 10,000 foot view of the entire storyline of the Bible to help you better understand the context of wherever you find yourself in scripture. I would highly recommend it for every believer to help you in your study of the Gospel!
  2. 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam– This book isn’t 100% just business. It is definitely a life application book overall. I read it and LOVED it in 2014 after Rhiannon Bosse suggested it at a conference, but wanted to revisit it this year to help encourage me as I focus on what matters. There is plenty of time in our days to get what we want done. This book helps break it down and is such an encouraging game changer!




  1. A Simplified Life by Emily Ley – I love Emily’s message of simplified living and embracing the slow and good stuff of life. I’ll be reading this one to encourage me in my Year of Contentment goal (aka we won’t be purchasing stuff for stuff’s sake this year. I’ll be sharing more on this soon!). Another goal for our family is to Establish a Morning Routine and I know Emily has such great advice to share on simplifying routines so I can’t wait to dig in!
  2. Traction by Gino Wickman – Traction is a must read for any business owner. I’m revisiting it in February on purpose since it is my last official month of maternity leave. I don’t want to just jump back into work without revisiting my foundation, focus, and strategy using the Entrepreneurial Operating System!




  1. The Bookshop on The Corner by Jenny Colgan – This is a fiction novel that was recommended for a good light-hearted read!
  2. DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson – In 2017, my business completely shifted into digital products which has been really exciting to grow. The digital profit business model is a whole lot different than the service based one I ran for the first 5 years of my journey, so I’m eager to continue learning!


My 2018 Books for Female Entrepreneurs on Megan Martin Creative




  1. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner – A few friends I really look up to suggested this book for my list as another encouraging read in embracing simplicity and what matters most. It sounds lovely!
  2. Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz – Ashlyn Carter originally mentioned this book and I basically will read anything that girl says I should. Yes, mam! But seriously, this book is known in the copywriting world as the number one must-read for anyone marketing a business. Warning: It is not in print production anymore (yes, it is an oldie!), so if you want it, it will cost you an arm and a leg compared to most other books you would ever buy. People don’t give up their copies because they love it that much. I actually found my copy last year as a paperback print so it was considerably less expensive than the hardcover editions for sale ($75 vs $300+). I googled long and hard for it and finally found a company in the UK! So do a little digging if you must!




  1. The Lifegiving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson – Another book I’ve heard really great things about. I can’t wait to dig into these pages as I focus in on our family and cultivating a joyful home this year!
  2. The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert – This book came recommended by one of my favorite marketing resources: The Daily Carnage. They put it up there on the same must-read playing field as Breakthrough Advertising (and made note that it is their top favorite book above BT), so I promptly added it to my biz reading list. Note taken!




  1. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick – This is another heartwarming fiction novel suggestion! It looks very charming, indeed!
  2. Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins – I continue to see this book pop up on reading lists put out by my peers and finally grabbed my copy after my dear friend Laura Foote dived into some of Jeff’s wisdom on an IG Live (See those videos really can elicit action!). Can’t wait!




  1. Cultivate by Lara Casey – I am intentionally positioning this book in July for a middle of the year refresh on living an intentional life! Lara Casey created the goal planning and action taking tool, PowerSheets that I use, and I look forward to digging into her second book (the first was so inspiring!).
  2. Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins – This is another highly referenced book by copywriters right and left. There’s a trend happening here with advertising 😉




  1. When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey – This book has been highly praised by the couples I look up to in my church as a gem about encountering the gospel in marriage!
  2. Tribes by Seth Godin – I’ve had this on my wishlist for awhile! Seth is so smart and a visionary thinker, so I’m sure I’m gonna love it!




  1. Parenting by Paul David Tripp – I started reading this book last year but didn’t finish. Not because the first part wasn’t good! It was. I just got lazy/distracted/you name it. It is on the list so I can finish it this year and be encouraged in my role as a Mama!
  2. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – This book intrigues me! Even though I am not a startup, I do launch products as apart of my business and look forward to reading Eric Ries’ advice on the lean startup approach to validating ideas before getting too invested in them!


Books for female entrepreneurs in 2018 on Megan Martin Creative




  1. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella – Guilty: I Loved The Shopaholic Series by Sophie! They were really witty and darling reads. From the reviews, this stand-alone novel is another quick and funny read so I am going to give it a whirl!
  2. Purple Cow by Seth Godin – Another Godin marketing classic that has been on my list for too long! I mean… it is called Purple Cow. Can’t wait!




  1. And She Still Laughs by Kate Merrick – I’ve heard really beautiful things about this one. A book that explores Kate’s story of losing a child along with women of the Bible who encountered real pain yet still lived with joy. Kate is so brave to share these pages with us and I am truly looking forward to reading them.
  2. The 7 Levels of Communication by Michael Maher – This book is often included in many book lists for Real Estate Brokers on building a thriving referral-based business. While I don’t plan to be a real estate agent, I like to read about other business models and their marketing efforts! Plus we are a real estate family. We own rental properties, flip homes with our in-laws, and my dad has been a commercial broker for over 30 years. It fits!




  1. The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges – As the final month of my One Year Bible plan comes to a close, I want to breathe in the truths of this book on revisiting, enjoying, and carrying the Gospel every single day. What a joy to celebrate the good news in December!
  2. The One Thing by Gary Keller – Another highly recommended Best Seller on getting results. I purposely have this positioned in December as I look forward to 2019 and start preparing for the new year!




I have a few books on a bonus list. Depending on the size and content of a book, I can be a pretty quick reader. So I have a few additional books on my radar in case I finish a book early or quite honestly don’t like one of the books I haven’t read before (I give ’em about 50 pages before I say I’m done!). A few of these I have read before and just want to revisit. Notice a theme of that? I am a creature of habit if you will 😉 I figure those I’ve read (multiple times) I can listen to in audio form as good reminders!


  1. Shattered by Jessica Rasdall – I will 100% read Jessica’s book. Probably this month since I’ve already read both books once on my January list! Her story is so moving and I can’t wait to dig into her book that she worked so hard on! She is my speaking coach and I just adore her!
  2. Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne – This is the follow up book to one of the most inspiring business books I’ve ever read, Blue Ocean Strategy. I can’t wait to get into this!
  3. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann – I’ve read this multiple times and you may have seen me say that this is my favorite little business book. It still is. It isn’t a bizzy strategy book like many on my list, but rather a fictional story that is so inspiring for business owners. I’ll probably do the audio version for this one in car rides this year again!
  4. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews – I l-o-v-e this book and have been meaning to read it again. I read it in 2016 when I walked through a lot of personal work with my life coach, Carli Patton (thank you Carli for sending it my way!), and truly enjoyed every page. It’s part historical fiction and part encouraging life application all wrapped into a sweet and quick read.


What books are you excited about reading this year? Pop ’em in the comments! I always love a good recommendation!


Related: Keep up with my 2018 Bucket List here! 


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Megan Martin

I'm a Mama of 4 who went from college drop out with zero biz savvy to building a 6-figure digital business on my own terms. I share the REAL bts of creating products, building a brand, and scaling for passive profit with courses, memberships, templates, downloads, and more.

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  1. Rhiannon says:

    Go mama, go! I thought my 11 books in 2018 was stellar but this is awesome. I can’t wait to read my own picks alongside you!


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