The Ten Most Influential Books I’ve Read

My non-fiction reading list that helped me pay off five-figure debt balances and believe in myself enough to start my own business.

Delaney Jaye
The Startup
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8 min readOct 7, 2019


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I have always been a bookworm. I love getting lost in a new world, trying on a new perspective, or learning something interesting (whether it directly relates to my typical interests or not).

There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a cup of tea and a new book on my kindle with a smelly candle, fluffy puppy, and cozy blanket to keep me company.

For whatever reason, I am not often drawn to novels. I love novels and have a list of them I want to read, but when it comes to actually reading them, they usually fall below a non-fiction on my priority list.

With that said, let’s jump into the books — I hope you find something to add to your reading list!

Personal Development

Book 1: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit is a book that made me take a good look at the things I do without even thinking about it. It also showed me how to hack this human tendency and “stack” my habits into a productive routine.