11 Best Self Help Books for Women

In need of a little inspiration to turn your life around? These self-help books for women, if you read them carefully and thoughtfully, will change your life.

1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Inspiration is more than just a feeling: it is a gateway to more success than you can believe you will achieve. Stay inspired, and you will succeed. You will learn to let curiosity drive you to do the things you keep telling yourself you are not ready to do. Reading bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, you will learn how to overcome your greatest obstacles and find fulfilling success in your life no matter where you are right now.

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Put simply, Gretchen Rubin’s bestselling book will teach you one thing: how to be happier. But living a happier life is a lot of mental and emotional work. You have to learn how to be optimistic, shut down negative internal dialogue and appreciate the little things in life. Do not worry: Rubin, in sharing her own experiences with transforming her life into a happiness project, will guide you through all the things you can do to start living happier right now.

3. The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden

Jennifer Louden is here to teach you how to set goals and achieve everything you have ever wanted – without ever leaving anything you love behind. You can balance family life, hobbies and a career. As long as you have clear goals to keep you moving in the right direction, always at a good pace, you will be just fine.

4. How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life by Heather Havrilesky

It’s the ‘what if’ questions of our lives that so often stop us from moving forward. Ask Polly columnist Heather Havrilesky is here to help guide you toward the answers you seek in your personal and professional life. No matter what is holding you back, you can either let go of it or embrace it, and move on from there.

5. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein

If there is something you want in life – something that will bring you joy and fulfillment beyond what you have yet to experience in your life before now – you absolutely have the right to go after it. Whatever is standing in your way, this book will show you how to move past it.

6. Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

All the negative things you might believe about yourself, they did not come from you. Someone else, at some point in your life, made you believe that they were true. It is time to break free of those things that are holding you back from your full potential – destroying your relationships, your career and your hope. You deserve more than to be lied to, and you are better off disbelieving the dishonest things you have been told.

7. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve by Kate White

In this simple guide made for women, Cosmopolitan editor in chief Kate White shares her key tips and strategies for making success happen no matter what field you are trying to break into. Your career depends on the steps you are willing to take to continue to drive forward. Kate White’s book will surely teach you key strategies for advancing in your career. It can also be helpful for those women who are looking to break into a completely new career, but do not know exactly where to start.

8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

You have heard of the art of decluttering – getting rid of things you do not need to leave more (metaphorical) room for more important things. If you are not part of this movement yet, you are missing out. This is the book that will teach you how to get rid of everything in your life that is taking up too much physical and emotional space.

9. Choosing ME Before WE: Every Woman’s Guide to Life and Love by Christine Arylo

Ladies, you deserve better. No, really. That’s the message your new BFF Christine Arylo has for you, anyway. This is the book you need if you are always feeling stuck in your relationships. It is time you go after the kinds of relationships you want – meaning you are no longer allowed to settle or accept anyone who tries to tell you what you should think and feel.

10. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

If you are in need of a little tough love – and let’s be honest, we could all use a little bit of that even on our best days – you need to pick up a copy of this book as soon as possible. Mark Manson has an important lesson for you: attitude is not everything. Flipping a negative situation on its head is not going to solve the problem. Learning how to deal with the problem, and handle the negative things in your life, is what is going to help you survive in this world.

11. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Women make up a large percentage of everyone who graduates from college – but very few of those women ever make it into a leadership role in their respective careers. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead discusses the reasons why there are not more women in positions of influential leadership around the world – and what women can do to change that, in their own lives as well as in the lives of others.