I loved these books. Maybe you will too!
Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship
Good for getting "centered" on thinking through your career arc. Helpful in determining your assets, what value you bring to the table.
Chock full of practical tools for building and maintaining networks.
More of a reference book -- no need to read straight through from beginning to end.
Incredibly powerful, simple and practical tools for thinking through Product-Market-Fit (Customer Development)
A wonderful complement to StartUp Owner's Manual and Lean StartUp ... focused on the core business model.
Fantabulous tool for sketching out your own Business Model Canvas.
Feel free to try this version of the Business Model Canvas I made in Powerpoint
Eric Ries is a pupil of Steve Blank (StartUp Owner's Manual). This book by Eric is a common sense approach to building a company with limited resources. Distills the StartUp Owner's Manual philosophies into practical, iterative steps.
Another book chock full of practical tools and resources.
A fun take on what work could be like.
A cookbook full of recipes for creating innovative (read: Disruptive) ideas.
I've read this one at least twice and still use as a reference book.
Inspiring and provides a sharp focus on how to truly build a differentiated company.
Felt repetitive about half way through.
Another cookbook of recipes, this time for packaging and pricing. I cannot over-emphasize how important this book is to read in order to understand how to design your product for your customer.
Multipliers, Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown
Good to Great, Jim Collins
The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor
Execution, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin
The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen
The Art of Profitability, Adrian Slywotzky
Enough, Bill McKibben
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.
Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman
Winning, Jack Welch with Suzy Welch
Free Prize Inside! and Purple Cow, Seth Godin
E-Myth Revisted, Michael E. Gerber
The Science of Fear, Daniel Gardner
Crucial Conversations, Kerry Patterson
The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman
The Experience Economy, Updated Edition, Joseph B. Pine II, James H. Gilmore
Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success, Sean Ellis, Morgan Brown
Bill Gurley Must Reads for every Entrepreneur:
Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschalk
Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter
Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore
Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen
Startup, Jerry Kaplan
Shoe Dog, Phil Knight
Waking Up, Sam Harris
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil
Germs, Guns, and Steel, Jared Diamond
Collapse, Jared Diamond
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman
Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories
The Martian, Andy Weir
Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
Leviathans of Jupiter, Ben Bova
Enders Game, Orson Scott Card
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
My Life, Bill Clinton
Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson
Wool Omnibus Edition, Hugh Howey
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Armada, Ernest Cline
The Lord of the Rings Series (& The Hobbit), J.R.R. Tolkein