For something a little bit different, I thought that it would be fun to share with you some business books that I have never managed to finish, no matter how many times I have picked them up.

If you have read any of these books, let me know in the comments below what you thought of them and whether I should persevere through or not.

If you haven’t read them, but one (or more) of them takes your fancy, then I’ve also included the links below so you can easily find the books on Amazon.


Here goes!

1. Ask by Ryan Levesque

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From the cover of the book, it sounds really interesting. However, I have tried three (!!) times to finish this book and I just can’t do it.

The first half of the book is his life story and then the second half is what he calls the ‘ask formula’.

I whizzed through the first half of the book without too much of a problem, but my mind just goes numb when trying to tackle the second half.

To this day, I have no idea what the ask formula entails.

If you have read this book and understand the formula, please let me know if it’s worth my time.

2. Starbucked by Taylor Clark

starbucked by taylor clark roseanna sunley book reviews

This book is all about how Starbuck’s changed (or in some cases, you could say created) coffee culture and how they managed to charge premium prices for a cup of coffee.

A worthwhile read for any entrepreneur, right?

Well, I don’t disagree, it probably would be if I could get past the super-huge section all about the history of coffee (snooze).

In all honesty, this is a book that I would like to re-visit and eventually finish one day.

3. Breeding Gazelles by Dan Bradbury

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This was one of the “free” books that you can get direct through Dan Bradbury’s social media promotions; all you have to do is pay for shipping.

The gist of the book (if I remember correctly) is turning an already successful company into an even more successful company. Therefore, this book isn’t suited to start-ups.

I can’t remember an awful lot more about it – it was a very hard book for me to get into.

4. 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Sucks up Your Time by Grace Marshall

21 ways to manage your time grace marshall roseanna sunley book reviews

This seemed like a very useful and practical book. It’s also a nice small read that I should have been able to cross off in just one sitting.

I have failed to read the previous books on this list simply because the content bored me, however, with this book, the content wasn’t the problem – it was the design.

I hated it.

I generally dislike narrow books due to the awkward position that it puts the reader in, but this book went even further with hideous borders and irrelevant clipart (yes, clipart!).

One day, I’ll try to get past the design and just concentrate on the content, because the parts that I did read were very good.

5. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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Without making myself sound too dumb, I haven’t managed to finish this book because I don’t really understand it.

It’s written in old-style English (I have no idea what the correct term is) and I find it very difficult to comprehend.

I am not a strong reader by any stretch of the imagination. If you’re a follower of my blog and social media channels, you’ll know that I only started reading a little over a year ago.

I’m hoping that my reading skills will become stronger the more that I read and I will eventually be able to get full value out of this book.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and I would really like to finish it one day.

What about you?

So, there’s my list of books that I have failed to finish.

Do you have any books that you have been unable to get to the end of? Let me know in the comments below.

Roseanna x 

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  1. Thank you for this. I ha e not heard these books before.

    1. Probably for good reason, lol! I wouldn’t particularly recommend any of them.

  2. Have you read Onward by Howard Shultz, the former CEO of Starbucks. This is a good book on Starbucks and how it recovered from the 2008 economic recession.

    1. No, I’ve not read that book. I’ve not even heard of it, but it sounds very interesting. I’ll be sure to check it out! Thanks so much for the recommendation 🙂

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