Top Bloggers with Books

August 19, 2010

Would you lay on the beach and read your favorite blogs while on vacation?  Without an iPad, it wouldn’t be easy; but a book is simple to throw in your beach bag and curl up with on a lazy afternoon.

Top bloggers who have consistently shown they have something interesting and/or valuable to share with you will sometimes compile their best work or share their insights by publishing a book.  Here’s a list of top bloggers and their books in the areas of personal finance, business, personal development, and parenting.

Some of these bloggers have actually published multiple books but we’ve only listed one, either their most recent or best known book.  It’s no small feat to publish a book so congrats to this list of smart and determined authors!

If you know a blogger with a book you’d recommend you can submit it to the list with the form at the bottom (it’s okay to submit your own book).  Go ahead, check out what they’ve written and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Personal Finance
WisebreadMultiple Authors1001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget
Get Rich SlowlyJ.D. RothYour Money: The Missing Manual
I Will Teach You To Be RichRamit SethiI Will Teach You To Be Rich
The Simple DollarTrent HammThe Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams
The Ultimate CheapskateJeff YeagerThe Cheapskate Next Door
FrugillionaireFrancine JayFrugillionaire: 500 Fabulous Ways to Live Richly and Save a Fortune
Suddenly FrugalLeah IngramSuddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less
Oblivious InvestorMike PiperOblivious Investing: Building Wealth By Ignoring the Noise
The Motley FoolMultiple AuthorsThe Motley Fool Personal Finance Workbook
SquawkfoxKerry Taylor397 Ways To Save Money
Because I Told You SoPhil VillarealSecrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets
Signal vs. NoiseJason FriedRework
ProBloggerDarren Rowse &
Chris Garrett
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
SEO BlogRand FiskinThe Art of SEO: The Art of Search Engine Optimization (Theory in Practice)
FreakonomicsStephen J. DubnerFreakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything
The Blog of Tim FerrissTim FerrissThe 4-Hour Work Week
Naked CapitalismYves SmithECONned
The Big PictureBarry RitholzBailout Nation
Work MattersBob SuttonGood Boss, Bad Boss
Harvard Business Review: Bill TaylorBill TaylorMavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win
How to Change the WorldGuy KawasakiReality Check
Chris BroganChris Brogan & Julien SmithTrust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
Duct Tape MarketingJohn JantschReferral Engine
Wine Library TVGary VaynerchukCrush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
Escape From Cubicle NationPamela SlimEscape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
Personal Development
Seth's BlogSeth GodinLinchpin: Are You Indispensible?
Penelope Trunk's Brazen CareeristPenelope TrunkBrazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
Personal Branding BlogDan SchawbelMe 2.0
Presentation ZenGarr ReynoldsPresentation Zen
A Clear EyeTom AsackerA Clear Eye for Branding
Steve Pavlina's Personal Development BlogSteve PavlinaPersonal Development for Smart People
LifehackerGina TrapaniUpgrade Your Life
Zen HabitsLeo BabautaPower of Less
Awake @ the WheelJohnathon FieldsCareer Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love
Dooce.comHeather ArmstrongIt Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Magarita
The Gonzo MamaChristina-Marie WrightEverything I Needed to Know About Motherhood I Learned from Animal House
The Mommy BlogMelinda RobertsMommy Confidential: Adventures from the Wonderbelly of Motherhood
BlogHerMultiple AuthorsSleep Is for the Weak
Girl's Gone ChildRebecca WoolfRockabye: From Wild to Child
Storked!Christine CoppaRattled!
Baby on BoredStefanie Wilder-TaylorIt's Not Me It's You
Single Mom SeekingRachel SarahSingle Mom Seeking: Playdates, Blind Dates and Other Dispatches from the Dating World


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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8 Responses to Top Bloggers with Books

  • Christina-Marie Wright

    In response to Gabi, my book, “Everything I Need to Know About Motherhood I Learned from Animal House,” was actually created because of my blog and newspaper column. It’s a compilation of humorous essays on parenting, a la Erma Bombeck.

    At this time, I have friends with offers on their books, but the publishers want them to have a platform before the book launches, which makes sense. So now, they’re creating blogs and social media pages to build that platform.

    I does beg the question, “Which came first? The blogger or the author?” The answer appears to come on a case-by-case basis.

    Anyway, I’m excited to be included in this list! xoxo

  • Ben

    Thanks to everyone who’s submitted new blogs to the list! I’m in the middle of moving so it may be a few days before the list gets updated.

  • Mike Piper

    Thank you for including me in your list!

    In reply to Gabi’s statement, I’m pretty sure Pam and Ramit both started their blogs before having any intention (or at least specific plans) to write a book. They each were blogging for years before their respective books came around.

  • Lop at Rebates Money

    *Note to self: Build successful website, land a book deal, kaching-kaching!!

    I’m glad bloggers are out there and making good money from book deals. It would be a daunting challenge for anybody to write a book, much less getting a book deal.

  • Gabi

    It’s interesting to note how many of these authors started their blogs *because* of their books. I believe Pamela Slim, Tim Ferriss, and Ramit Sethi all fall into that category.

    Then there are bloggers like Chris Guillebeau at Art of Non-Conformity who started their blogs with the express goal of landing a book deal.

    It seems that no matter how much people say traditional media is dead, is it still very closely tied to new media. Because who would want to get sand on their iPad, anyway? 🙂

  • Single Mom Seeking

    Thanks Ben! I’m very honored to be included on your list.
    Have a great day!


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