For me, one of the upsides of the absolute mess that was 2020, was the opportunity to connect with people in the accounting and bookkeeping industry through the Microkeeper Partner Program , BGL's Watercooler Wednesdays and the Accounting and Bookkeeping Community Chats.
I discovered a vibrant community of professionals who are constantly pushing to bring their best. This list of 50 books that people in the industry are reading (or listening to) in 2021, is brought to you by Heather Smith, and in my view is proof of that spirit of personal development.
50 Business Books Accountants and Bookkeepers are reading in 2021
Here’s the top 50 (ish) Business Books the Accounting and Bookkeeping Community are planning to read in 2021. Wait. Stop! I’ll backtrack, most of the accountants and bookkeepers I spoke with are not planning on reading them – they’re planning on listening to the audio version.
A few diehards love the feel, smell and experience of reading a real book ー bless their cotton socks! But many, including myself, embrace the flexibility and freedom of the audio version, and multi–task, be it driving, exercising, or household chores. To listen to audiobooks, some use the Audible subscription service. I personally use the free apps at Overdrive and link them to available libraries – I link mine to the local city council library and the Chartered Accountants ANZ library. I also prefer digital books as I don’t like clutter.
“What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they're trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?” - Jerry Seinfeld
Who doesn’t love a good book list? Everyone suggested a book as part of our weekly community chat discussions. I’d read a few, heard of a few, and learnt about a lot of new books. One that piqued my interest was Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis. I like hearing about business operations from a different perspective. I seem to recall many suggestions from Andrew Erkins of d1g1t business who’s already completed three books six days into the New Year, and Amar Latif of MAD crew wealth. You can watch our book chat below if you’re interested.
After the discussion, I collated the list and invited the extended community to vote on the ones they’d like to read. Here are the books they voted on, ranked in order of preference:
Social Media Tip
If you’re absorbing a book share your learnings and insights on social media. This helps people understand what interests you, enriches your relationship with the community, and can generate a thoughtful discussion. On Twitter I shared I was listening to Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, and if you click through, you can see multiple people jumped to comment on it. Almost like my own nimble book club.
Speaking of book clubs, the logical progression from here is to have a book club discussion within the community chat. These are the books we'll be reading each month:
Februrary: Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
April: Atomic Habits – James Clear
December: Principles – Ray Dalio
If you’ve been looking around for a good business book to absorb in 2021, you’re sure to find something on this varied roundup for the accounting and bookkeeping community. Please share in the comments below what books you are planning to read this year.
About the Author
|Heather Smith FCA, FICB, FCCA Hype Girl for Accounting Apps. The host of the Accounting Technology podcast Cloud Stories, publishes the Accounting Apps newsletter, author of Xero for Dummies, and runs a practice from her handbag. Obsessed with how effective automation and integration can produce timely clean data, to surface information for informed decision making.|