9 Books Every College Woman Should Read


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College is a time filled with planning. There’s mapping out your résumé goals so that you can score your dream internship. There’s planning your classes and consequently, scheduling a semester’s worth of homework assignments and other academic deadlines. And then, of course, there’s penciling in time to make college memories.

While there is so much that we can plan ahead for, there will always be questions that only time will answer. Will we connect with our professors? Will our semester go smoothly? Did we get accepted into the internship program we are praying for?

So many questions await us, consuming our minds. As we look forward to new endeavors during the current semester and beyond, we must remain positive and prepared for anything college life may throw our way. What’s the best way to do that? Having a bookshelf full of how to guides you can turn to the second you face an unanswered question.

We’ve rounded up the books every college woman should have on her bookshelf to help her get through her college years successfully, confidently, and without fear of what’s to come.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

By now we’ve all heard Sophia Amoruso’s story of a young twenty-something going from a dumpster diver to the owner of a multi-million dollar company. If you are not the kind of girl who likes to play by the rules but have big ambitions, you can purchase this upbeat, hilarious, and inspiring story of a woman who took her small dream and turned it into a global empire here.

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

This story is a guide to tackling the many hurdles that come with becoming a successful female entrepreneur and can become a special keepsake for any young woman ready to take on this world with her own business. You can purchase this book here.

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill it In Your Career, Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht

Besides the powerful title and key tips and tools for any woman looking to truly leave her mark, the forward of this story is written by fashion icon and designer, Donna Karan. So basically, who wouldn’t want this book on their shelves? You can purchase Leave Your Mark here.

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

This feminist tale will inspire anybody who reads this story to once and for all feel comfortable in their shoes as a 21st century woman. Score this book here.

Adulting: How To Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

A story that is sure to make any college student who is stressed about becoming a full-fledged adult cackle with laughter. This book discusses plenty of ways to continue on a trail-blazing path to eventual adulthood (successfully).

Fun fact: we interviewed Kelly Williams Brown two years ago.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book may be short, but the content is eloquently discussed and well-said. This story is an absolute must-read for any college girl looking for some much-needed inspo on feminism. You can check out this book here.

Nice Is Just A Place In France: How To Win At Basically Everything by The Betches  

This hilarious and outspoken book is written by women who know how to handle themselves and want to share that wisdom with you in satirical fashion. This book is sure to make you belly laugh while leaving you completely inspired to switch up the normal standards that are in place for women in society. You can order this book here.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Quick-witted and funny, this tale encourages it’s readers to “start living an awesome life” and trust me, it will do just that. You can check out this confidence-boosting manual for life here.

Womanskills: Everything You Need to Know to Impress Everyone by Erin La Rosa

This book can certainly be the type of book you refer back to easily because of it’s useful and sensible tips that will make any college woman’s life ten times easier. This go-to guide to womanhood can be purchased here.

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