Career Books Every Young Woman Needs to Read

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With the weather getting gloomier—at least it is here in New York—it’s the perfect time of year to grab a book or two that can help your career.

We asked our team at Levo and our community for a few female, career-specific recommendations and this is what we heard.

Let us know your favorite career book in the comments!

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

Read this book if you need advice and confidence to ask for a raise this year! Brzezinski is the co-host of Morning Joe and took a fascinating approach to telling her story of how she finally asked for more late(r) in her career.

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

Couric has access to some of the most fascinating people in the world. This book is for you if you want to be inspired to take risks and push yourself.

3. Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

This is the book for you if you’re interested in why you may not be asking for more and how to overcome your fears of doing so. Babcock provides practical steps to get you comfortable with asking for what you want this year.

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

Self-promotion is awkward. Klaus’ book helps to understand why you need to brag and how to do it in a way that makes you comfortable. Some of the suggestions are a bit of a stretch, but if you pull out a couple of her tips you’ll be well on your way to being a better advocate for yourself.

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

Barsh is a senior director at McKinsey & Company and has access to some of the most influential businesswomen in the world. In this book, she works to understand how these women became successful and how they get after it each and every day. Read this if you want to be inspired and learn about the key factors women leaders have in common. Hint: Optimism is one of them.

6. 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction by Christine Hassler

Levo LOVES Christine. This book can provide that pick-me-up when you’re in a slump and want to know that it will be okay. This book will help you feel better about yourself, love yourself, and help you build better relationships with those in your life.

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

Black shares some of the crazier things people have done to get her attention when she was the president of Hearst, and she also talks about the importance of hard work. Read this if you are interested in the business side of publishing, or just want to learn about what it was like to convince Oprah to make a magazine.

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

Pollak nails it: Getting from college to career is a harsh life transition. The suggestions in her book will help everyone from you, the college seniors to their parents.

9. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers  by Lois P. Frankel

In this series, Frankel picks out interesting habits of both successful and unsuccessful men and women for you to learn from. If you want to learn the habits that could be holding you back, this is the book for you.

10. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Want to laugh and learn? This book is full of quotables and it will literally make you LOL. Plus, the advice is so spot on that you’ll finish the book with a renewed sense of confidence.

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George Austin