Throughout July, I found myself on a bit of a book buying binge and I thought it was only right that I share my latest book purchases with you here on Love, Maisie. I recently went to a friends house(Hi Nim!) who told me about a couple of books she had picked up that she had heard were good reads for anyone wanting to improve their business. Of course, I took a photo of said books and once I got home, headed straight for Amazon to add them to my basket. In the process, I tripped and three more books fell into my basket, whoops. So far, I have only completed one of these books, so this will be more of a little informative “first impressions”, if you like, rather than a book review of the six new wonderfully smelling books I have to read!
I’m sure you’ve probably noticed, but this year my blog has been all over the place. From two posts in a month to twenty, I’ve really not known whether I was coming or going with Love, Maisie for the majority of 2017. If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel(ahem, cheeky plug, you can just click right here), you’ll have seen a video go up this week where I talked about my plans, hopes and dreams for Love, Maisie as a blog and as a channel. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while but I’ve just not had the motivation to do.. well, anything really. Last month, in a bid to beat the writers block and creative slump I’d fallen in too, I ordered the following books.
First up, Capture Your Style by Aimee Song. A blogger’s favourite and I can see why. Capture Your Style is basically the bloggers(or anyone wanting to grow their Instagram account) handbook to absolutely bossing Instagram. Although it was written before the stupid algorithm was introduced, Aimee shares her tops tips on nailing the perfect shot and flawlessly showcasing your style. This is the only one of the six that I have already read right through. It only took me a couple of hours but it’s basically become my little Instagram handbook. To be 100% honest, it’s not as life changing as I anticipated it to be, but it’s still a little pot of gold. I’m not sticking super tightly to all of the Insta advice that this book has to offer(because sometimes, you just gotta share three out of focus shots in a row because, cute) but I have learnt a lot through reading Aimee’s words on the world of hashtags and double taps. Currently just £8.39 on Amazon.
#GIRLBOSS. Another holy grail blogger read. Not only does this book look super pretty on my desk, but it’s been praised by the likes of Lena Dunham, Marie Claire and Vanity Fair. I know I’m super late to the party on this one and there was some Nasty Gal drama earlier this year where I believe the entire company went bankrupt.. In all honesty, I haven’t done my extensive reading homework on this, so I’ll leave it to you whether you decided that this book will hold bundles of wisdom or not. If this post goes down well then I’ll be sure to write another once I have read this along with the other books I’m yet to tell you about. Avaliable on Amazon right here
She Means Business is probably the title that I am most excited to dig my teeth in to. Author and founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, Carrie Green is the girl with the can do attitude who has compiled her wisdom on how she successfully become an entrepreneur. It promises to be honest, realistic and provide practical tools to make your dream business a reality. Sounds perfect to me! Grab yourself a copy now for less than £8!
Probably the book that is most aimed at myself and anyone with a blog is The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay-Smith. Shame on me but I’d not actually come across this book before it showed itself to me on the suggested area on Amazon and practically begged me to buy it. Okay, so it didn’t beg me, but let me tell you why I had to buy this book. The blurb states that The Million Dollar Blog will be my ultimate guide to take my blog to the next level. Honestly, that line is what sold it to me, am I a sucker? The other thing that I thought would be super insightful and interesting is that there are interviews within the book with the likes of Seth Godin, Lily Pebbles and Madeleine Shaw. I feel that The Million Dollar Blog will be the book that once I have read it, if I fall back into a writers block, I’ll be picking it up and re reading my favourite parts for inspiration. Currently available on Amazon
The last two books that I wanted to tell you lovely lot about are both more focused on building and growing your brand. When I started this blog back in 2013, I had no idea that one day I would be making a small income from it and wishing it to be my full time job. For the mean time, I am happy it just being my hobby with sometimes a bit of pocket money, but in the long run I am really determined to make Love, Maisie my very own little business that can help me to support my family.
The first of the two titles is The Conquer Kit by Natalie MacNeil. This was one of the books that Nim recommended to me and after having a quick flick through, I am so pleased that she did. The Conquer Kit simply states that it is a creative business planner for women entrepreneurs, perfect! It’s 201 pages are jam packed with information, guidance and spaces for you to fill out your business plans, it’s pure genius. I’m really looking forward to cosying up with The Conquer Kit in the evenings and building my little Love, Maisie Empire.
Last but not least we have How To Style Your Brand by Fiona Humberstone. Creating a distinctive brand identity as a blogger can be very hard. The blogosphere is saturated with amazing creators and content, but this makes it hard for your own work to really stand out and reach your audience. From what I can gather, this book is more aimed at creative businesses(does blogging count as a creative business?) but I’m hoping that I can transpire the knowledge through to Love, Maisie. Treat yourself to this gorgeous book right here for £16 instead of £20!
I’m so ridiculously excited to get through all of these books. I’ll be sure to update you all on twitter with how I’m finding each book and if you’d like, I’ll revisit this post and write a review of the five books that I’m yet to delve in to. I’m really hoping that these books can get my head in the right place when it comes to my blog and building a brand. What books have you come across that have helped you with your blog? Will you be making a new book purchase now? I’d love to know!