Books by Bloggers

Business and Motivation

Blogging

Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

The editors of The Huffington Post — the most linked-to blog on the web — offer an A-Z guide to all things blog, with information for everyone from the tech-challenged newbie looking to get a handle on this new way of communicating to the experienced blogger looking to break through the clutter of the Internet.

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Problogger

Whether you’re just starting out or have been blogging for years, learn from two professional bloggers how to turn your passion for blogging into extra revenue or possibly a rewarding career.

This is not a get-rich-quick book, but rather a practical guide to creating and marketing a blog with the potential for generating a six-figure income.

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Social Media

Online Community Management for Dummies

This new release is written by popular blogger Deborah Ng. She used to run Freelance Writing Jobs and is the former community manager for Blog Talk Radio. She is now the conference director for Blogworld. She’s had extensive experience managing online communities  and is one of my favourite writers on social media.

I’m really excited about this book. It is available for pre-order and is due to be released in November in time for Blogworld.

Career

Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields is one of my favorite authors and entrepreneurs. He has a kind heart and a brilliant mind.

Career Renegade

A veritable manual, packed with hundreds of killer resources, strategies, case-studies and links that will allow you to take almost any passion and turn it into a source of serious income. Even if everyone else says it’s impossible. Even in the midst of what’s going on in this economy. Because, now more than ever, it’s time to reclaim control over your livelihood…and your life!

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Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance

All creators, from writers to painters to entrepreneurs and team leaders, eventually come face-to-face with mounting waves of fear and uncertainty. It’s unavoidable.

Drawing on extensive case studies and research, Fields shares a set of detailed personal practices and environmental changes that can not only humanize the creative process, but also allow individuals and teams to stay more open to opportunity and play a bigger creative game.

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Chris Guillebeau

Art of Non Comformity

The Art of Non-Conformity defies common assumptions about life and work while arming you with the tools to live differently. You’ll discover how to live on your own terms by exploring creative self-employment, radical goal-setting, contrarian travel, and embracing life as a constant adventure.

Inspired and guided by Chris’s own story and those of others who have pursued unconventional lives, you can devise your own plan for world domination-and make the world a better place at the same time.

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Jenny Blake

Life After College

An essential manual for every graduating college student and twenty-something looking for direction. It provides practical, actionable advice and helps you focus on the big picture of your life – on your values and aspirations – all in a rapid-fire format.

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Pam Slim

Escape from Cubicle Nation

Despite grim headlines about the economy, you DON’T have to stay in a job you intensely hate. There’s a better opportunity waiting out there, and escaping from cubicle nation is easier than you think.

This book includes Pamela’s very best material, based on thousands of conversations and reader submissions. It provides everything you’ll need to consider before making a major change—not just the nuts and bolts of starting a business, but a full discussion of the emotional issues involved. Pamela knows firsthand that leaving corporate life can be very scary, especially if you have a family and other obligations. Fears and self-defeating thoughts often hold people back from pursuing an extremely gratifying solo career.

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Lifestyle

Personal Development

Personal Development for Smart People

In this book, Steve Pavlina will teach you how to use the 7 universal growth principles to achieve major breakthroughs in your habits, career, finances, relationships, health, and spiritual development. This book will bring everything else you’ve learned about personal growth into clear focus.

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The Power of Less

Written by popular Zen Habits blogger Leo Babauta.

With the countless distractions that come from every corner of modern life, it’s amazing that we’re ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary — freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.

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Focus

The second book by Leo Babauta, Focus is about finding simplicity in this Age of Distraction.

It’s about finding the focus you need to create, to work on what’s important, to reflect, to find peace.

This one is self published and is available in free and premium versions.

How To Get A Grip

If you’re sick of being mollycoddled by self-help that deals in platitudes and endless steps for a new you, join How to Get a Grip in its campaign to help you get your life back on track by telling you what you already know.

Implement How to Get a Grip’s idiot-proof instructions to morph, overnight from being a friendless, wimpy and subservient doormat, perpetually vexed by the iniquities and raw deals that life throws at you, to being a total fu**ing superhero.

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Parenting

Planning with kids

Planning with Kids is a new release by Australian parenting blogger, Nicole Avery.

The book is different from most parenting ones. Its emphasis is not on telling you how to parent, but to show ways you can become organised to leave more time for parenting. You’ll learn simple ways that you can plan your family life to take the stress out of parenting and running a household: just a little bit of planning can leave more time to spend having fun with the kids, having timeout for yourself, and having time for things to go wrong.

You can order from Amazon or via her website

Home and Garden

Home-Ec 101: Skills For Everyday Living

From quick cleaning solutions, instructions for removing stubborn stains, simple fixes to wardrobe malfunctions, troubleshooting advice for home appliances, a guide to basic home maintenance, or ideas for how to fix quick, healthy meals, Home-Ec 101 will teach you real skills for real life. It’s everything you wish your mom had taught you, written in a funny, easy-to-understand tone. Cut the apron strings and equip yourself with the skills you need for everyday life.

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Curated Books

Humour

Damn You Autocorrect

Damn You, Autocorrect is a blog which collects the best mistakes made by spellchecks when sending texts. The book features 300 hilarious Autocorrect fails, 200 of which are exclusive to the book and not available anywhere else.

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Fmylife

Fmylife is a blog about those moments when you just want to give up on life – and they’ve compiled the best submissions into a book.

It’s yellow, it bends, and you can take it anywhere to make people laugh. For about 10$ you can become a hero (and if you don’t buy it, we’ll kick a young red panda’s face off). It contains a selection of the best stories taken from the website. As a bonus, it’s filled with some great never before seen illustrations.

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Passive Aggressive Notes

Passive Aggressive Notes is funny (if not necessarily “passive-aggressive”) notes from pissed-off people

Part voyeuristic entertainment, part group therapy, this book offers a fascinating look at the all-too-familiar frustrations of embattled office drones, apartment dwellers, parents, and pet owners everywhere.

This curated collection combines dozens of outrageous, never-before-seen notes as well as favorites

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Awkward Family Photos

Awkward Family Photos is a a friendly place where everyone could come together and share their uncomfortable family moments.

Mike and Doug have compiled some of their favorite submissions, along with new, never-before-seen photos and stories to showcase these happy reminders of how hilarious and bizarre family truly is. Relive the forced poses and matching outfits in the “The Family Portrait” chapter, the fake smiles and rivalry in “Siblings,” and the agony of sightseeing with your parents in “Vacation.” From ridiculous outfits to candid moments that might expose a little more of our family dynamic than we would like, Mike and Doug celebrate the painfully uncomfortable and present it for the world to see.

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Autobiographical

Sex

Brooke Magnanti

Brooke blogged under the psydonym Belle De Jour and released multiple books. Her books were turned into a TV series staring Billie Piper.

The Intimate Adventures of Belle de Jour

Belle, as only a few close friends even suspect, is a high-end London call girl – a pro, a consummate craftswoman, and one of the most down-to-earth, outspoken, and interesting women you will ever meet. After graduating from university, she found that her impressive degree couldn’t get her a great job, pay her rent, or put food on the table. Then she accidentally discovered that a few hours of fun with a wealthy couple could bag her more money than her girlfriends made in a week, and instantly realized that the world’s oldest profession was for her.

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The Further Adventures of Belle de Jour

Follow up to the original best seller

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Playing the Game

Belle is starting to wonder if she should call time on the call girl business… get a day job, a life free from secrets and maybe even have a ‘normal’ relationship with the Boy. But how will Belle cope with the nine-to-five, a staggering decline in her underwear budget and no more paying clients? After years of sex and subterfuge, Belle must discover who she really is, and find out what she wants when she’s not paid to say yes. Perhaps leaving the game only means joining another – but it’s going to be a hell of a ride finding out the new rules.

As Belle explores life and love as a free agent, her story is wildly entertaining, smart and refreshingly frank. Punctuated with advice, anecdotes and reflections in her inimitable voice, this is a story of secrets and lies, scabrous wit and more than a little lust. Belle de Jour has intrigued, amused and occasionally scandalised a nation with her real-life adventures as a call girl. Now Belle’s imagination has free rein in this dazzling new novel.

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Belle de Jour’s Guide to Men

Drawing on interviews from lovers and friends, Belle probes what really makes a man tick – from the first flushes of romance to the long haul relationship. Sex, emotions, and those strange puddles he leaves in the bathroom… no mystery goes unexplored.

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Abby Lee

Girl with a One-Track Mind: Confessions of the Seductress Next Door

Abby Lee is smart, sassy, and perpetually single. Frustrated with her mediocre love-life, she’s now looking for the kind of sex she’s always wanted. This is the intimate diary of her extraordinary journey.

Never one to turn down an opportunity – even if it does include the use of a whip, the thrill of the outdoors, or the involvement of a third party – Abby enthusiastically romps her way through a series of one-night stands, casual flings, and same-sex shags.

But as she revels in her sexual quest, Abby meets Blog Boy and begins to wonder: will she ever be able to give up the bed-hopping and finally settle down?

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Girl With a One Track Mind: Exposed

Based on her hugely popular sex blog, Abby Lee’s Girl With a One Track Mind was a publishing phenomenon. Unfortunately for Abby, her true identity was revealed shortly after publication andher private life – now public – was thrown into disarray. Suddenly all her friends, family and colleagues knew her most shockingly intimate secrets.

In her follow up book she details how she coped once the whole world knew she was Britain’s most famous sex diarist, and reveals her attempts to lead a satisfying sex life once more. Once again this results in hilarious adventures, from doomed sex with a rock star and uneventful sex with a newspaper columnist to an on-off relationship with a tv presenter and a one-night stand with an internet celebrity. In spite of the disastrous dates, Abby doesn’t give up on her search for a more meaningful relationship with a trustworthy companion. With her life on display, she dates in secret . . . until now.

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Finance

Karyn Bosnak

In Save Karyn: One Shopaholic’s Journey to Debt and Back, Karyn details the bumpy road her financial—and personal—life has traveled to get her where she is today: happy, grateful, and completely debt-free. In this charming cautionary tale, Karyn chronicles her glamorous rise, her embarrassing fall, and how the kindness of strangers in cyberia really can make a difference.

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She was able to leverage her profile to write her novel 20 Times A Lady

One Red Paperclip

The full story of how blogger Kyle MacDonald. traded from one red paperclip to a house.

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By Author

Stephanie Klein

Straight Up and Dirty

Celebrated bloggist, photographer, and freelance writer Stephanie Tara Klein lets it all hang out in this juicy tell-all tracing her jump back into single life following her divorce. On the dating advice of her therapist, Klein attempts to keep “a pair and a spare” of men always on hand and has lots of bawdy fun along the way. But when the anniversary of the devastating breakup from her “wasband” forces her to revisit what happened, she finds herself wanting more than her therapist’s recommended gimmick to keep her emotionally safe.

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Moose

In the ever-shifting terrain between fat and thin, adulthood and childhood, cellulite and starvation, Stephanie shares the cutting details of what it truly feels like to be an overweight child, from the stinging taunts of classmates, to the off-color remarks of her own father, to her thin mother’s compulsive dissatisfaction with her own body. Calling upon her childhood diary entries to jog her memory, Klein opens up and uncovers her deepest thoughts and feelings from that turbulent, hopeful time, baring her soul and making her heartache palpable.

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Jen Lancaster

Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomanical, Self-Centered, Smartass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

This is the story of how a haughty former sorority gal went from having a household income of almost a quarter-million dollars to being evicted from a ghetto apartment in less than two years.  It’s a modern Greek tragedy, as defined by Roger Dunkle in The Classical Origins of Western Culture: a story in which “the central character, called a tragic protagonist or hero, suffers some serious misfortune which is not accidental and therefore meaningless, but is significant in that the misfortune is logically connected.”

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Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are All These Idiots and Why Do They Live Next Door to Me?

A brand-new collection of essays that shine a bright light on the big city to reveal the escapades of the outrageously unglamorous.

Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren’t party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos.  But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

Whether she’s reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store, or fighting -and losing – the Battle of the Stairmaster, Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not so fabulous real city living can be.  And if anyone doesn’t like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.

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Such a Pretty Fat:  One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big; Or, Why Pie Is Not the Answer

Are you tired of books where the self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself tiny in hopes of a fabulous new life?  Do you hate the message that we women can’t possibly be happy until we fit into our skinny jeans?

Yeah?  Well, Jen Lancaster is, too.

Jen doesn’t find stories like this uplifting; rather, they make her want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don’t matter.

Unfortunately, being overweight isn’t simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose of positive self-esteem.  It’s a health matter, so on the eve of Jen’s 40th birthday she decides to make changes so she doesn’t, you know, die. Because what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if she loses a foot to adult onset diabetes?

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