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23 Books That Every Woman Should Read

The ultimate list of books for women that read is here (and it’s so good)!

By: Iman Josey
By: Iman Josey

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When we asked 20 women to share a book that every woman should read, we ended up with 23 powerful titles to further every woman’s book collection. It can be overwhelming to decide which book will be the one for you from the top seller’s list; after all, there are so many hot reads. Furthermore, choosing a powerful women-led title is like looking for two matching socks in the clean laundry pile, so many to choose from, but is there a good match? Not every book on this list was written by a woman, but they are all titles that can enlighten us in a way. Pulling together this great list to help (or make it harder to, sry) find the perfect read in any genre had me on the edge of my seat in excitement.

Here are 23 books that every woman should read:



by ean Greaves and Travis Bradberry

“Emotional Intelligence 2.0 succinctly explains how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way.” — The Dalai Lama


by Jill Shalvis

“There is a great amount of respect that needs to be given to an author who can write with candid humor and wit, while also tugging at your heartstrings. Jill Shalvis is the master.” — Kelly Moran, Author



by Erin Gibson

“If you are interested in learning more about the media, politics, and current events all from a relatable woman this is it. This book validates your feelings that the world has gone “cuckoo” and we have a lot of things going on around us every day. The author, Erin Gibson is your best girlfriend, that bomb high school teacher, your mom’s cool friend (not to be confused with her worst friend), and the friend you hope your little sister (or daughter) is hanging out with all rolled into a fun, hilarious and much-needed ball.” — Iman Josey, editor-in-chief of Let’s Sweet Talk


by Napoleon Hill

“Napoleon Hill was one of America’s great, influential thinkers who continues to have an enormous impact today. This previously unpublished manuscript, ably edited and annotated by Sharon Lechter, reveals how fear and lack of trust can prevent you from achieving success. Free markets rely on free people and trust.” Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine


by Shannon Boodram

“Boodram’s brand of relationship advice…focuses on empowering single women with the tools they need to succeed in the digital dating era.” — Refinery29.com



by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks

This is, plain and simply, one of the most powerful books I have ever read. One’s entire life can change because of what is found here. And all given with such love! This book is a Life Treasure.” — Neale Donald Walsch, the author of Conversations with God


by Robert Greene

“Robert Greene’s masterpiece the Art of Seduction has to be one of the best strategic self-help books you will ever read. Based primarily on philosophy, Greene’s mode of explaining the seduction ‘game’ right from choosing your victims to embodying their every fantasy gives the Art of Seduction a classical touch and you will not want to look away once you start reading.” —  Reuben Wanjala


by Florence Scovel Shinn

“By studying and practicing the principles laid down in this book, one may find prosperity, solve problems, have better health, achieve personal relations-in a word, win the game of life.” — Norman Vincent Peale



by Sharon Lechter

“Sharon Lechter goes about her work with passion. Think and Grow Rich for Women is simply a book that needed to be written for today’s woman to help her grow and serve others.”
Don Green, CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation


by Robert Greene

“Gina DeVee is a master at articulating what it means to be an empowered woman. At this exciting moment in history, we’re being called to embrace the full force of our feminine fierceness, to stop apologizing, to joyfully share our greatness. This book is the guide we’ve been waiting for. Get ready y’all, the Queens have arrived!”

Jen Sincero, #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money


by Cara Alwill Leyba

Named one of “The 9 Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read” by Inc. Magazine



by Elena Lyons

Build An Empire lays the groundwork for creating, building and defending an extraordinary career and marriage – an empire based on the real-life, time-tested and proven principles used by Elena and Grant Cardone


by David J. Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big, first published in 1959, is a self-help book by David J. Schwartz. An abridged version was published in 1987. Forbes called it one of the greatest self-help books.


by Jack Canfield

“A guide to how to lift your life to where it can be.” — Oprah Winfrey



by Marianne Williamson

The Law of Divine Compensation assures us that everything will be all right since the universe is set up to work for us. … We are challenged to believe that miracles do happen and what is lacking can become abundant.”
Spirituality Practice


By G. L. Lambert

“Most men don’t want you, they want to f**k you, know the difference. Most men don’t love you, they love what you do for them, know the difference. Men Don’t Love Women Like You! is a Step-By-Step manual on how to stop manipulation, command attention, and be seen as a must have by any man!” 

— G. L. Lambert


by Lisa See

Centering the complex relationship between two sisters, Pearl and May, as they go through great pain and suffering in leaving war-torn Shanghai, and try to adjust to the difficult roles of wives in arranged marriages and of Chinese immigrants to the U.S.



by Dirk Wittenborn

“Any social climber coming to America should read this hilarious book on the plane in. Jazz & Dirk will show you how to win friends, influence people and never have to fly commercial again.”
Plum Sykes, Vouge


By Sandra Harmon

“I love this book; it has helped me separate being a modern professional woman and having a working intimate relationship. It really helped me understand how it’s not equality but equity that helps a relationship succeed.”

— Anonymous 


by Celeste Mgboli

This book may be for you if you, more or less, agree with the following sentiments:

  • “No, I won’t be getting the second round (Isn’t this supposed to be a date?)”
  • “No, I won’t be paying half the rent (I’m looking for a man, not a roommate!)”
  • “Yes, I like being spoiled by a man…I also like making my own money. (They are not mutually exclusive!)”


by Debretts

With informed insights on a range of formal occasions including royal garden parties, black tie events, weddings and christenings Debrett’s Handbook is a trustworthy companion to social life and rites of passage.


By Ellen T. White

“It’s said if you want to succeed, watch successful people and do what they do. Simply Irresistible is a humorous manual of case studies that show how the greatest sirens of history did what they did and got what they wanted, nearly all the time”

— Anonymous 


by Yao Nyamekye

“This is the single most important book for women to read. The author defines the four archetypes which make up the House of the Woman: The Elegant Rose, The Moon, The Treasure Chest and the Seated Hawk. These archetypes are explored in detail, with scenarios which bring their meaning to life. The insights here are extraordinary and rare.”

— Amazon Review

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