The best personal finance books for women

Who am I?

I am a writer and financial wellness coach, and I am on a mission to help women like you become more confident and capable with money. Previously, I was an award-winning business and financial journalist with The New York Times, Business Week, and CNBC, and I have a graduate business degree from a top university. Even with all that, though, it took me years to build healthy personal financial habits and start using my money to achieve my life goals—so I understand the pain of financial stress and self-blame. I wrote my book to help you find an easier path to financial wellness and empowerment.

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You Are Worthy: Change Your Money Mindset, Build Your Wealth, and Fund Your Future

By Kelley Holland,

Book cover of You Are Worthy: Change Your Money Mindset, Build Your Wealth, and Fund Your Future

What is my book about?

Many women live in silence about their finances, holding anxiety and fear inside. Many want to change, but don’t know how to even start. In You Are Worthy, I go to the heart of your money issues; shining a light on problem areas, providing solutions, and instilling confidence and skills to help you achieve financial well-being. 

You Are Worthy takes you step by step through the process of taking charge financially, weaving in the voices of dozens of real women. You will shed outdated beliefs; you will be inspired to learn; and you will learn to create an integrated financial plan to achieve your goals. You will come away with greater confidence, clarity, and hope, not just about money but about your whole life.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole

Why did I love this book?

Get Good with Money has all the practical advice you need to start tracking your spending, reducing your debt, saving, and (eventually) building your wealth. What sets it apart is the tone. Aliche, a former preschool teacher, has both personal experience with financial stress and the clear voice that comes from time in a classroom with young kids. When you read this book, you feel as if you are having a talk with a friend, not a stern judge or an out-of-reach educator. It is also very methodical and well thought out, and the structure makes it easy for you to notice and appreciate your progress.

By Tiffany Aliche,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Get Good with Money as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • A ten-step plan for finding peace, safety, and harmony with your money—no matter how big or small your goals and no matter how rocky the market might be—by the inspiring and savvy “Budgetnista.”

“No matter where you stand in your money journey, Get Good with Money has a lesson or two for you!”—Erin Lowry, bestselling author of the Broke Millennial series

Tiffany Aliche was a successful pre-school teacher with a healthy nest egg when a recession and advice from a shady advisor put her out of a job and…

Clever Girl Finance

By Bola Sokunbi,

Book cover of Clever Girl Finance

Why did I love this book?

I have recommended Clever Girl Finance to several of my coaching clients, and every one of them has reported that they found it very helpful—perhaps because Sukunbi starts by inviting readers to let go of past mistakes. (Regret is a frequent companion of financial anxiety.) Sukunbi is a wonderful storyteller, and she does a great job of breaking down financial concepts to make them clearer and more accessible. The book helps readers master concepts that build upon each other, and as such it is especially useful for women who feel overwhelmed by the prospect of taking charge of their money. 

By Bola Sokunbi,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Clever Girl Finance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Learn the basics of investing with this approachable guide to the world of finance

Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money is the leading guide for women who seek to learn the basic foundations of personal investing. In a no-nonsense and straightforward style, this book teaches readers:

Exactly how investing works and what you should be doing, no fancy finance degree required How to leverage investing to build long term wealth even on a modest salary The key pitfalls to avoid in order to become a successful investor How to build a nest egg and invest in…

Book cover of Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money

Why did I love this book?

Emotional Currency was the first book I read when I started making my way through the literature on women and money, and it has stayed with me. Levinson is a therapist, and her training shows through—not with jargon, but with her approach. She offers exercises that are equal parts psychological and financial, which is a gentle and affirming way of inviting readers anxious about their money lives to start digging in. Most of this book is, as the title suggests, about improving our emotional relationship to money, but really, isn’t that a necessary first step for all of us? Happily, Levinson mixes in practical/tactical advice and suggestions as well.  

By Kate Levinson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Emotional Currency as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Every day, women face new challenges that come with having control over, and responsibility for, their financial lives. Sometimes exciting, sometimes frightening, these issues always have an emotional side. Author and psychotherapist Dr. Kate Levinson offers fresh approaches to navigating the astonishing range of beliefs about the role of money in our lives, coming to terms with our feelings about being “rich” or “poor,” and exploring our inner money life so that we can put our feelings to work for us in a positive way. By understanding our intimate history and relationship with money we are better able to handle…

Book cover of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Why did I love this book?

This is not, strictly speaking, a book about personal finance. But for women who beat themselves up emotionally about the state of their finances, Self-Compassion is truly powerful. Blending exercises, research insights, and well-told stories, Neff helps readers notice and transform how they treat themselves when it comes to touchy subjects like money. Finances can be an emotional minefield, but Neff’s self-compassion practices can help anyone approach the topic from a place of greater calm—thereby increasing their chance of achieving positive change. I use Neff’s teachings in my daily life and my work, and I have recommended this book to clients, friends, and family members with equal success.

By Kristin Neff,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Self-Compassion as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'Kristin Neff offers practical, wise guidance on the path of emotional healing and deep inner transformation.' Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

Kristin Neff PhD, is a professor in educational psychology, and the world's expert on self-compassion. A pioneer who established self-compassion as a field of study, Kristin offers a powerful solution for combating negativity and insecurity - the symptoms of living in a high-pressure world.

Through tried and tested exercises and audio downloads, readers learn the 3 core components that will help to heal destructive emotional patterns…

Book cover of Women With Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (And, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve

Why did I love this book?

As a financial coach, I have met many women who feel alone with their financial challenges, or unable to talk openly about their finances. Women With Money includes the voices of women Chatzky interviewed about their money challenges and goals, and their comments help to humanize the subject. Chatzky’s discussion of our money beliefs is very solid, as is her advice about putting our money to work. Some topics, like investing in real estate, won’t be applicable to all readers, at least not right away. But overall, Chatzky, a longtime personal finance journalist, deftly communicates core personal finance topics in a clear and accessible way. 

By Jean Chatzky,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Women With Money as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ask successful women what they want from their money and they'll tell you: independence, security, choices, a better world and-oh yes-way less stress, not just for themselves but for their kids, partners, parents and friends. Through a series of HerMoney Happy Hour discussions (when money is the topic, wine helps) and one-on-one conversations, Jean Chatzky gets women to open up about the one topic we still never talk about. Then she flips the script and charts a pathway to this joyful, purpose-filled life that today's women not only want but also, finally, have the resources to afford.

Through Chatzky's candid…

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