Confession: my bookshelf is filled with girlboss, girl power, and inspiring books about building empires. I’m a sucker for them. Books are great tools that can help grow your professional development and they can make you feel like you’ve found your new best friend.  Here are 10 of my favorite books that every girl boss should have on her bookshelf.

1)  Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny


This book will open your eyes on how we are often the ones who hold ourselves back from reaching our fullest potential.  The author interviews successful women in an array of fields and shared the traits and habits they adopted that lead to a more successful and fulfilling life.


2)#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso


Yes, this book seems to be as overexposed as a Kardashian, but rightfully so.  I found myself smiling to myself and nodding my head to a lot of it as a business owner myself.  It was fascinating to hear Sophia’s journey and her snark, realness, and personality jumped off the page with every word. 

3) Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht


Looking for a mentor? Look no further than Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht.  She shares her story while also sharing her favorite concrete lessons, tips, and empowerment to landing jobs, slaying in your career, and also building a personal brand.  This is a must read for young professionals. 

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4) Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg 


Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and is one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women, so it comes as no surprise she brings much to the table from her experience climbing the corporate ladder.  This book is a great mix of data, personal anecdotes, and research that digs in to women in leadership and the challenges and struggles we face being working women.

5) Settle For More by Megyn Kelly 


Megyn Kelly is the definition of girl boss. Her journey as a attorney to one of the most popular news anchors will inspire you to settle for more. Her story may sound like a fairy tale from the outside, but reading this book, you’ll remember we’re all human. Yes, even Megyn Kelly. This is a must read for women just starting out, pivoting to a different career, or just need a fresh outlook on their career and life.


6) Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba


Do you ever feel like everyone got a class on how to succeed at life and you missed it? Well, that’s because you haven’t cracked “the code” aka the Girl Code. This book will share successes, breakthroughs, and tools to empower women in their endeavors, because well,  empowered women empower women.


7) Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice from Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue by Lu Li


Even if you’re not planning to launch a startup anytime soon, this is a great read for young females trying to find their footing in a professional world.  Women who have made over $1 billion dollars in revenue must be doing something right and they share their letters of advice in this book to the next generation of female leaders.

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8) And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side by Dana Perino


From White House Press Secretary to round table shows at Fox News Channel, Dana Perino is an inspiration to girl bosses everywhere.  She shares the lessons she’s learned through it all and does it with a heavy dose of optimism and positivity – something we all need more of. In addition, if you’re a politico like me, you will love the behind the scenes moments she experienced being a part of the Bush administration. 

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


Don’t let the title make you think you shouldn’t be nice while building your career, because everyone should be kind, but the author reveals behaviors and habits that are ingrained in us as young girls that can end up sabotaging our career advancement.  This includes, but not limited to, social media etiquette, asking permission, and multi-tasking. The first step in breaking these habits and mistakes is knowing them and this book shows us how to do just that. 


10) The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor


Here’s to wishing the track pants would make a comeback. The book highlights the timeline of discovering an idea, creating a brand, and the highs and lows of deciding to sell it.  What I find particularly refreshing about this book is the unconventional business practices they practiced and how sometimes it failed miserably, but sometimes it sparked a new normal in the industry.

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Amanda O