Books That Every Career Girl Needs To Read

If You Have to Cry Go Outside

If you were a fan of MTV’s The Hills or The City, then you know who Kelly Cutrone is. The PR maven who gave Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port gigs at her firm, People’s Revolution, gives the honest truth about setting yourself up for success. While dishing on her interactions on the MTV reality shows, being a judge on America’s Next Top Model, and having her show on Bravo, Kelly provides young women with no-nonsense career advice


Let’s just say the story behind this book is so good that it went on to become its own Netflix series. Although Girlboss the show won’t be returning to the small screen, the book based on Sophia Amoruso’s success is just as good to hold you over. The chances are that you’ve heard of this book already, and it’s all for a good reason. If you’re unfamiliar with Sophia’s story, she’s the founder of clothing giant Nasty Gal and has since moved on from the brand to launch Girlboss as a media company. The book breaks down her journey from selling vintage clothes on eBay to starting her empire at Nasty Gal. Today, Sophia has left Nasty Gal, but she’s a cultural icon for anyone looking to create their own path for success.

The Devil Wears Prada

Since Lauren Weisberger penned The Devil Wears Prada masterpiece in 2004, the cult-favorite story is just as relatable today. It went from the palm of our hands to the big screen, and everyone can admit that they know a Miranda Priestly. The story follows journalism graduate Andrea, who landed a job as the assistant to magazine editor Miranda Priestly, and suddenly her world turned upside down. She went from answering phone calls to joining Miranda in Paris and making a name for herself in the publishing world. The whole story is a lesson in how hard we have to work to get to where we want to be, no matter how tough our boss is.

When Life Gives You Lululemons

If you weren’t aware, The Devil Wears Prada has a sequel now titled When Life Gives You Lululemons. It follows Miranda Priestly’s other assistant Emily Charlton on her relocation to Hollywood and her new role as an image consultant to the stars. The story chronicles herself, one of her clients and Emily’s best friend in taking down any men who have done them wrong and a look into the glamorous lives of the Hollywood elite. It’s a sweet reality check for anyone looking to make a move, a career change and starting fresh.

Secrets of Six-Figure Women

Journalist and financial educator, Barbara Stanny, breaks down the seven strategies of female high-earners in Secrets of Six-Figure Women. She identifies these as a Profit Motive, Audacity, Resilience, Encouragement, Self-Awareness, Non-attachment, and Financial Know-How. Throughout the book, Barabara interviews more than 150 women who have annual incomes ranging between $100,000 to $7 million, along with strategies for increasing your own earnings. The interviewees also include entrepreneurs, corporate executives, freelancers and more so there are angles for every reader to relate to.

Leave Your Mark

Once upon a time author Aliza Licht served as the SVP of Communications at DKNY International and became a favorite on Twitter as @DKNYPRGirl. Although she has left her post at the fashion powerhouse and has since removed the Twitter account, her mentoring book is still here to help us. Aliza gives readers a refreshing point of view with modern day career advice and the real talk that all of us need. She helps readers navigate their current career paths, how to make a switch, and how to do both while having tough skin.

Lean-In Women, Work, and The Will to Lead

Author and COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg has become the ultimate success story and icon for young women to look up to. Rather than just sitting at the table, Sheryl encourages women to take charge and seek challenges in the workplace. To “lean in,” she provides advice on mentorship, negotiation and building a satisfying career. The book details how women can achieve the ultimate success in the workplace, while still being satisfied on a personal level. She also throws in a few reasons why men can benefit from helping women at work as well.

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8 replies on “Books That Every Career Girl Needs To Read”

I’ve heard so many good things about Girl Boss! I’m going to have to check out that one for sure. And Leave your Mark is up my alley. Thanks for the recommendations?

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