Four Stand-Out Career Books For Women in 2018

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As the saying goes, leaders are readers.   And one of the easiest ways to get smarter about your career is by reading a great book. Out of the latest career advice books for women published so far in 2018, these four books have earned high ratings.  They come highly recommended by readers on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Pick any of these and you’ll get to spend some quality time learning from some of the smartest and most successful people in business. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or are looking to make the next leap forward, you’ll find inspiration and insights to guide you to greater success.  Here’s four stand-out career books for women in 2018.

The Myth of the Nice Girl:

Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate.

By Fran Hauser.

This book is full of hard-won wisdom from Fran Hauser.  Fran is a startup investor who spent 15 years in the digital media space. Drawing on her own experiences, she lays out how to be strong and successful without sacrificing kindness. Goodreads members say reading the book “felt like I had a mentor speaking to me” and that it’s “filled with solid, frank advice.”

Ask a Manager:

How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work.

By Alison Green.

Looking for no-nonsense advice for dealing with common challenges with bosses, co-workers, and interviewers? Alison Green walks you through how to navigate sticky situations in a humorous and down-to-earth way. There’s also a section for how to handle things when you’re a manager. One Goodreads member says that “you’re nearly guaranteed to find some good advice that you can take away to apply, whether it’s a carefully-worded script to use or just a new way of thinking about the problem.”

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The Gutsy Girl Handbook:

Your Manifesto for Success.

 By Kate White.

Former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief, Kate White, shares her nine core principles women need to be successful in their careers. Goodreads members call it “an awesome, empowering read” and “a read that will help anyone be bold and audacious in her life!” This is a good choice for new graduates or women in the early years of working.

How Women Rise:

Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job.

By Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith.

For women who have started to achieve success but are wondering why they seem to be stuck and other people (especially men) are getting promoted ahead of them, business coaches, Helgesen and Goldsmith lay out 12 habits that could be holding you back and how you can tackle them. Goodreads members say this is “a very easy read with lots of actionable tips,” and “my career path has changed for the better because of this book!”


This guest post was authored by Suzanne Skyvara,  Goodreads VP of Communications.

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Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.