3 Books Every 20-Something Should Have On Her Bookshelf

Posted August 5, 2013 by Hillary Wright in Life After Five
In recent years, several successful women have stepped up to the plate and offered brilliant advice for women in work and life. They address many areas of life, focusing on women in the workplace, work/life balance, landing your first job out of college, the value of networking, rising through the ranks, and even your personal life. Though I am at the beginning of my career and life, I have already utilized a number of tips and direction from each of these powerful women.

Here are 5 books every Career Girl should own:

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life):

In 2007, former president of Hearst Magazines Cathie Black published her book, a guide in which Black shares numerous personal experiences and lessons that have helped lead to her successful career. Black organizes her book into chapters, case studies and “black and white” sections, with crucial advice for women in careers. Through it all, Black essentially focuses on women making their own choices for their own individual lives. She dedicates a full case study to what she calls “the 360 degree life”, a life that is about “achieving balance.”

It means creating a fully rounded existence, one that encompasses deep satisfaction with your personal life, work and family. No one can define success and personal satisfaction for you except you.

SHOO, Jimmy Choo! The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less and Saving More:

While there are countless books on the market regarding personal finance, Catey Hill’s is perhaps the best book I have found that any Career Girl can relate to. The money editor for the New York Daily News online and a self-proclaimed recovering shoe addict, Hill analyzes several types of spending habits and gives practical and clever admonition on every financial aspect of life from creating a savvy budget to buying or leasing a car to the dangers of credit cards and even paying off student loans.

“If I, a shopaholic who can’t pass a day at work without scouring eBay for the latest Prada bag who absolutely refuses to wash her hair with any shampoo other than Keratase and who can’t stand the sight of her butt in anything other than Paige jeans, was able to become financially secure, so can you.

Charts and graphs are scattered throughout the book to help the reader utilize Hill’s suggestions. Not only does she give financial advice, she does so with the needs, wants and views of the modern 20-something in mind, infused with her own life experience and relevant references to pop culture and entertainment.

The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life:

TV personality and host of Extra Maria Menounos wrote and published The Everygirl’s Guide to Life in 2011. Menounos covers every aspect of life, from organizing your life and decorating your space to career advice and family and personal relationships. She even includes sections on fashion, exercise and cooking healthy. All of her advice is sound and sensible, illustrated with self-explanatory photos and captions, and applicable to any Career Girl. Using her suggestions, I have become a better planner and organizer and have also learned a thing or two on maintaining my personal friendships and relationships. Though nothing and no one is perfect, Menounos seems to have a lot of her life figured out. Her advice has worked for me.

About the Author

Hillary Wright

Hillary C. Wright is a legal assistant the law firm of Mattingly & Nally-Martin, PLLC in Lebanon, Kentucky. She is also a freelance writer who has written for several publications including Glass Heel. Hillary graduated from Campbellsville University in 2010 with a bachelor of science in Mass Communications (Public Relations emphasis) and a 2nd major in English. She writes about career advice and women and gender issues. She lives in Springfield, Kentucky. You can contact her at hcamillewright@gmail.com or on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.