R.O.W.E. Week 9: Let’s Get Down to Business!

I’m Brianna Kratz, a Chicago poet and literature enthusiast. In 2016, I’m reading only women authors for my Read Only Women Experiment (R.O.W.E.). For weekly updates on challenges, conversations, and round-up lists of books I’ve read during the month, keep up with me via Goodreads or Twitter.

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This week I’ve begun seeking information about small business ownership and management. As a member of the Harry Potter generation, my answer to any question is “when in doubt, go to the library!” Or Amazon.

The top 10 Amazon best sellers in Business & Money?

  1. The Informant: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald
  2. Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change by Michelle Gielan
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  4. What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro with Marvin Karlins
  5. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  7. #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk
  8. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  9. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  10. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

That’s 7/10 men, and 3/10 women. Notice that the books written by women focus on personal development to succeed within business. Books by men included knowledge gleaned from personal experience to frame advice on how to grow. The men emphasize habits and strengths, the women focus on happiness and tidying up.

That’s what we like to call traditional gender roles, folks!

Currently reading: Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by: Emily Nagoski

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Brianna Kratz

Brianna Kratz has a B.A. in English Writing from Illinois Wesleyan University where she learned the importance of "the poetic turn," the difference between thee and you, and how to read Middle English. She lives on the Internet where you can find her on Twitter and Lens & Ink.