37 Best Books Every Woman Should Read

Best Books Every Woman Should Read

The best books gives you the best results. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a bookworm or not because once you get into the habit of reading you will surely fall in love. It’s no brainer that books are the best investment you can ever put your money into – from novels, business, career or fantasy there are a bazillion to choose from.

Top 37 Best Books Every Women Should Read

Are you in a difficult situation at work? Are you giving up on your startup business?

Do you feel alone and struggling to fight for what you really want in life?

Hang in there, let these brilliant books from the best and most inspirational authors lift you up.

Best Books For Women’s Personal Life

#1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.


Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century!

Learn: three fundamental techniques in handling people, the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking, the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

#2. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him.


Ferrazzi’s form of connecting to the world around him is based on generosity. Helping friends connect with other friends. Ferrazzi distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handing usually associated with “networking.”

Chock-full of specific advice on handling rejection, getting past gatekeepers, becoming a “conference commando.” And more, this new edition of Never Eat Alone by will remain a classic alongside How to Win Friends and Influence People for years to come.

#3. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White

New York Times bestselling author Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and a hugely successful businesswoman. In I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, she shares her secrets to success.


A witty, wise, straight-talking career guide for women, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is the perfect book for the current economic climate, whether you’re just starting out, re-entering the workforce after maternity leave.

Or simply looking for a career change; essential tips and bold strategies from a gutsy innovator who helped increase Cosmo’s circulation by half a million copies per month.

#4. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey was just a young girl with a recurring dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.


At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night live. From her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor. From her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

#5. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
If you graduated from college but still feel like a student. If you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store. If you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it’s OK.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Just because you don’t feel like an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like one.


And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. As seen on Kelly Williams Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable-and even conquerable.

From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

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#6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food.

Having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.


Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the front lines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes.

#7. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women by Valerie Young

“It’s only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right time. I just work harder than the others. I don’t deserve this.

It’s just a matter of time before I am found out. Someone must have made a terrible mistake. ” If you are a working woman, chances are this inter­nal monologue sounds all too familiar. And you’re not alone.


In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Young gives these women the solution they have been seek­ing. Combining insightful analysis with effective ad­vice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is.

Why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it mani­fests in your life.

With her empowering, step-by-step plan, you will learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel—and act—as  capable as others already know you are.

#8. Necessary Dreams by Anna Fels

In this groundbreaking book about how women perceive, are prepared for, and cope with ambition and achievement, psychiatrist Anna Fels examines ambition at the deepest psychological level.

Cutting to the core of what ambition can provide—the essential elements of a fulfilling life—Fels describes why, for women but not for men, ambition still remains fraught with often painful conflict.


She poses invaluable questions: What is the nature of ambition and how important is it in a woman’s life? What are the forces that promote or impede its development?

To what extent does ambition go against a woman’s very nature? And she challenges currently held theories about the state of mind and the needs of men.

Incisive and highly readable, Necessary Dreams is a unique exploration of the options and obstacles women face in the pursuit of their goals. It is a book that every woman will want—and need—to read.

#9.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike.

A Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence…

“Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”


In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.

Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

#10. The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

In this inspiring book, Katie Couric distills the ingenious, hard-won insights of such leaders and visionaries as Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Michael J. Fox, and Ken Burns, who offer advice about life, success, and happiness.

How to take chances, follow one’s passions, overcome adversity and inertia, commit to something greater than ourselves, and more.


Along the way, Katie Couric reflects on her own life, and on the shared wisdom, and occasional missteps, that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking work as a broadcast journalist.

Moving and empowering, The Best Advice I Ever Got is for all of us, young or old, who want to hear from some of today’s best and brightest about how they got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top—so we can too.

#11. Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus

Brag! is a whip smart tool kit one that tampers with our beliefs about humility by defining bragging as an act of authenticity.

Peggy Klaus, a Fortune 500 communication coach, sharpened her strategies in Hollywood, “the bragging capitol of the world,” where she learned the art of tooting your horn, without blowing it.


“To brag is to talk about your best self with pride and passion in a conversational manner.” explains Klaus.

She includes a snappy “Bragging Dictionary” with highly practical techniques including instructions for the “Bragalogue,” a brief memorable elevator pitch.

And a “Brag bag,” the collection of your greatest hits with colorful details that can be easily accessed.

#12. 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction by Christine Hassler

The mid-20s through the mid-30s can be a time of difficult transition: the security blanket of college and parents is gone, and it’s suddenly time to make far-reaching decisions about career, investments, even adult identity.

When author Christine Hassler experienced such a quarter-life crisis, she found that she was not alone. In fact, an entire generation of young women is questioning their choices, unsure if what they’ve been striving for is what they really want.


They’re eager to set a new course for their lives, even if that means giving up what they have.
Hassler herself left a fast-moving career that wasn’t right for her and instead took the risk of starting her own business.

Now, based on her own experience and interviews with hundreds of women, she shares heartfelt stories on issues from career to parents to boyfriends to babies.

Yet she provides practical exercises, too, to enable the woman of today to chart a new direction for her own life.

Best Books For Women at Work & Business

#13. Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland

Organization expert and founder of Unclutterer.com Erin Rooney Doland shows you how to de-clutter and simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve—in just one week.


Simplicity is revolutionary! Doland’s down-to-earth approach and useful, innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in your home and office will help you:

1) Part with sentimental clutter. 2) Organize your closet based on how you process information. 3) Build an effective and personalized filing system.

4) Avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process. 5) Maintain your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort.

#14. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller

In Any Economy, It Pays to Discover Your Calling. According to financial expert Dave Ramsey, “Few categories of our lives define us and grow us spiritually, emotionally, relational, and as people.


Our work is one of those defining areas. Sadly, a ‘j-o-b’ is what most people settle for. But as Dan Miller so powerfully points out in 48 Days to the Work You Love, a calling lights up your life.”

Packed with modern insight and timeless wisdom, here is a step-by-step process for creating a Life Plan and translating it into meaningful, satisfying daily work.

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#15. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

This books is for you if…You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.

…You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time.


Inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start.

Looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community.

Curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away.

#16. The Start-up Of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today’s fractured world of work, the strategies in this book will help you survive and thrive and achieve your boldest professional ambitions.


The Start-Up of You empowers you to become the CEO of your career and take control of your future.

#17. Tribes by Seth Godin

For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads).

It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time.


And so the key question: Who is going to lead us? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership.

That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips.

Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers. . . . It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you think.

#18. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.

If you’re tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, take a look at this—it’s the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits.


With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you’ll be able to: 1) Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt—meaning cars, houses, everythin.

2) Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you) 3)Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!
#19.  Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak defines what leadership is and interviews with newly minted Gen Y managers and entrepreneurs around the world to share the secrets of what makes them successful leaders.


From learning to develop a style that appeals to your older colleagues, to discovering the key trends affecting your career, to mastering the classic rules of excellence that never go out of style, Becoming the Boss helps you identify your next professional move and shows you how to get there.

#20. Pushback by Selena Rezvani

This book shines a light on the real rules of holding your own and pushing back for what is rightfully yours.

Drawing on interviews with high-level leaders, Rezvani offers readers in the first half of their career the unedited truth about how women have asked their way to the top and triumphed—and how you can too.


Insightful and accessible, Pushback is a timely resource for savvy women who want to leverage their skills, promote themselves effectively, and fast track their careers.

#21. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.”

She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.


Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010.

She gave an electrifying TED Talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers.

Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

#22. The Next Generation of Women Leaders by Selena Rezvani

A groundbreaking, empowering collection of advice―richly illustrated with the stories of women at top echelons of their fields―that advances the leadership outlook for Generation X and Y women like no book before it.


Includes 30 interviews with highly accomplished business women. Offers a foreword by Gail Evans, the highest-ranking woman executive ever at CNN.

Provides a far-reaching bibliography of significant materials combining works examining gender dynamics in addition to business classics

#23. Her Place at the Table by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, & Carol Frohlinger

This is a practical guide for any woman dealing with a demanding role. Drawing on extensive interviews with women leaders, the authors isolate five key challenges: Intelligence; Backing; Resources; Buy-In; and Making a Difference.


The three expert authors reveal what women have to teach us about the challenges and opportunities of leadership. As Tom Peters said of this book.

“Women roar . . . . will help individual women negotiate what they need to success as leaders and help their firms support them in their efforts. That way we all win!”

The book discusses high-profile women leaders including Ann Moore (CEO of Time Inc.), Ann Mulcahy (CEO of Xerox), and Harvard’s Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

#24. Great on the Job by Jodi Glickman

Do you know how to ask for help at work without sounding dumb? Do you know how to get valuable and useful feedback from your colleagues?

Have you mastered your professional elevator pitch so that every time you meet someone, they remember and are impressed by you? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you need Great on the Job.

So whether you’re a star performer or a struggling novice, Great on the Job will give you the building blocks you need for every conversation you’ll have at work.



#25. By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Gilt, currently valued at more than $1 billion, was launched by Alexis Maybank, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, and three colleagues in 2007. It is one of the most fascinating startups of recent years.

And it all began with one bold idea: to bring sample sales online and change the way millions shop. As they write about the day Gilt.com went live: “We had created a Web site that could potentially change the rules of retail.”


Alexis and Alexandra share their perspective in this dramatic story of Gilt’s birth, rise, and evolution. They show how they juggled the conflicting needs of their suppliers, engineers, marketers, and potential investors.

They explain how they blended their individual strengths and weaknesses and managed their rapidly growing team. And they take us through the darkest moments of the recession when Gilt might easily have died.

#26. Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

Quietly and steadily, the number of women making six figures or more is increasing and continues to rise at a rate faster than for men.

From entrepreneurs to corporate executives, from white-collar professionals to freelancers and part-timers, women are forging careers with considerable financial success.

In Secrets of Six-Figure Women, Barbara Stanny, journalist, motivational speaker, and financial educator, identifies the seven key strategies of female high earners: A Profit Motive, Audacity, Resilience, Encouragement, Self-Awareness, Non-attachment, and Financial Know-How.


Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including more than 150 women whose annual earnings range from $100,000 to $7 million.

Barbara Stanny turns each of the six-figure traits into a specific strategy for upping earnings. By rigorously fine-tuning them, readers can, step-by-step, climb the income ladder.

#27. Who Says It’s a Man’s World by Emily Bennington

Packed with insights from extraordinary women who have climbed the corporate ladder–including McDonald’s president Jan Fields, JetBlue cofounder Ann Rhoades, and fashion pioneer Liz Lange “Who Says It’s a Man’s World” helps women navigate the rocky path from cubicle to executive suite.


This ultra-practical guide offers an ideal “Success Profile” along with the measurable action steps needed to excel in each of five reputation-enhancing areas: personal development, social skills, effectiveness, team building, and leadership.

Complete with the latest research on women in the workplace and an eye-opening “promotability” assessment, “Who Says It’s a Man’s World” provides readers with everything they need to build their own fast-track career plan.

#28. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

The inspiring, life-changing bestseller by the author of LEADERS EAT LAST and TOGETHER IS BETTER

In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers.

Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY — the third most popular TED video of all time.

Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others?

Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?


START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.

#29. The 5th Age of Work by Andrew M. Jones

As millennials replace baby boomers as the dominant generation in the workforce, tomorrow’s most dynamic companies will look quite different than today’s conventional firms


The “Fifth Age” is an emerging world of work defined by the rise of cloud-based technology, the growing ranks of freelancers and telecommuters doing their best work off-campus, and the decentralization and de-localization of work.

#30. The Design of Business by Roger Martin

Most companies today have innovation envy. They yearn to come up with a game—changing innovation like Apple’s iPod, or create an entirely new category like Facebook.

Many make genuine efforts to be innovative—they spend on R&D, bring in creative designers, and hire innovation consultants. But they get disappointing results.


Why? In The Design of Business, Roger Martin offers a compelling and provocative answer: we rely far too exclusively on analytical thinking, which merely refines current knowledge, producing small improvements to the status quo.

Martin shows how leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Cirque du Soleil, RIM, and others use design thinking to push knowledge through the stages in ways that produce breakthrough innovations and competitive advantage.

#31. Remote by Jason Fried & David Hansson

The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.


Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo — more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hanson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea and they’re going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

#32. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski

Why are women so often overlooked and underpaid? In Knowing Your Value, the prequel to her new book Grow Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.


Knowing Your Value blends personal stories with the latest research on why many women don’t negotiate their compensation, why negotiating aggressively usually backfires, the real reasons why the gender wage gap persists, and what can be done about it.

Written in Mika’s brutally honest, funny, and self-deprecating style, Knowing Your Value is a vital book for professional women of all ages.


#33. Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success

This collaboration between broadcasting powerhouses Shipman and Kay gives career women explicit permission to demand the balance that’s been missing in their lives.


Through Shipman and Kay’s own stories of struggling with demanding work and home lives and anecdotes from other working mothers. The authors make a convincing argument that with some mental and emotional effort, women can create their ideal work and home lives.

Filled with pragmatic and optimistic steps, this book will inspire readers to set in motion a flexibility-driven business revolution that can benefit all women and men, families and workforces

#34. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston

The Remarkable discoveries about what drives and sustains successful women leaders.

The authors, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership.


The book’s personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership–meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing–to work.

How Remarkable Women Lead is both profoundly moving and actionable. Woman or man, you’ll find yourself in its pages and emerge with a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life.

#35. Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) by Cathie Black

Media mogul Black, president of Hearst Magazines (Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and O), delivers a memoir masquerading as a guide to career and life.

Enthusiastic and hard-working, Black was one of the first women to take a major role in American magazine and newspaper publishing.


It’s an interesting portrait of a groundbreaking career, but Black backs up her own story with only a note or two of advice.

Waiting until nearly the end of the book to tackle what she originally claims is her main point: the 360 Life, or the difficulty of balancing work with personal life.

While the author’s life is an interesting one, readers looking for tips will do better with a more pointed book.

#36. Getting from College to Career Rev Ed: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World by Lindsey Pollak

Getting from College to Career by Career Expert and Global Spokesperson for LinkedIn, Lindsey Pollak, is an insightful, essential world guide for college students and recent graduates who are preparing to embark upon a career beyond the university walls.


Revised to reflect the most recent changes in the economy and job market.

#37. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (A NICE GIRLS Book) by Lois P. Frankel

The New York Times bestseller,  which has been a must-have for women in business, is now revised. In this new edition, internationally recognized executive coach Lois P. Frankel reveals a distinctive set of behaviors-over 130 in all-that women learn in girlhood that ultimately sabotage them as adults.


She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back. It offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills.

The results for thousands of women have been career opportunities they never thought possible from entry-level to the corner office! Stop making “nice girl” errors that can become career pitfalls.

Now, it’s your turn…

If you will choose ONLY ONE book from the list above, what would it be?


37 Best Books Every Woman Needs

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  • Great read! I was looking for a list like this earlier this week! Im going to check out “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This” by Kate White. Thank you!

    • Hello! That book is AMAZING!!! I’m reading it now before I noticed your comment 🙂 Let me know if you enjoy the book too!

  • Amazing list! Definitely bookmarking some of these 🙂

  • Wow! What an extensive list! I am bookmarking this article (finishing a Murakami for now 🙂

    • Hello Manavi! So happy you liked this post 🙂 What is Murakami by the way? I’d love to know I haven’t heard of that.. 🙂

      • Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. I became a fan of his writing about 2 years ago (lovestruck, more like it), and I am reading a book called Sputnik Sweetheart. If you like fiction, then yes, you should give it a shot 🙂

        • Yes I will try that one sounds VERY interesting! Thank you for sharing that 🙂

  • Great post! I’ve written a book that I hope one day makes a list just like yours 🙂 It’s called Human Doing – all about authenticity in your personal and professional life x

  • Great post! I am definitely checking out some of your recommendations. Thank you!


    • Hey Missoni, happy you liked it! Those books helped me so much I honestly cannot stop reading! Haha! Let me know which one is your favorite 🙂

  • Leslie Nichole

    I am adding a few of these to my reading list! I think they woll serve as great reminders when i decide to quit my full time and go into business for myself.

    • Ben Rei

      Yehey! We’re happy you liked it 🙂 What book would you pick? We wish you all the BEST!