Finding the time to sit down and read a book cover-to-cover isn't always easy, especially on a busy entrepreneur's schedule. Luckily, with the holidays fast approaching, you'll have more time to ring in the new year with some intriguing reads. (And if not, you should.)

Fred Wilson, entrepreneur and CEO of Union Square Ventures, has shared plenty of book recommendations on his blog. To keep your brain engaged, we highlight a few.

1. The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology, by William Mougayar

Plenty of entrepreneurs have heard murmurs about decentralized technologies like blockchain, but few can accurately call themselves experts.

Mougayar's book "makes a complex subject, blockchain technology, accessible for the non-technical," writes Wilson. "It also lays out some of the more obvious use cases for the technology and explains how the blockchain technology market is evolving."

While it might not seem like your business will be affected by bitcoin or any other blockchain technologies just yet, this book may convince you otherwise.

2. The Aspirational Investor: Taming the Markets to Achieve Your Life's Goals, by Ashvin B. Chhabra

Despite his dislike for most business books, Wilson says this one intrigues him.

"I was attracted to Ashvin's thinking on finding a wealth creation and management strategy that aligns with your own personal goals and needs and desires, instead of one that is cookie-cutter, formulaic, and generic," he writes. "That is what we have done [at Union Square Ventures]."

In order to secure funding, founders must be able to think like investors, and Ashvin's book is an insight into the minds of many venture capitalists.

3. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, by Jeff Howe and Joi Ito

Wilson's final recommendation--just released today--is less about business--and more about human survival.

"A nine-step program to help us survive this world we have unleashed on ourselves," writes Wilson. "This could not have been better timed."

So if you're vacationing on a tropical island, stuck at a relative's house without decent Wi-Fi, or just avoiding the office this holiday, crack open a book and hone your business expertise.

What do you plan on reading this winter? Let us know in the comments section.

Published on: Dec 7, 2016