21+ Development Books That Will Help Your Career From Day One

built-by-books-resource-library-bannerStuck on which development book to read next? This list from Built by Books helps you target specific areas and gives you three books for each area to check out!

Wandering through a bookstore makes you happy.

You have about 1,230,380 books on hold, in your cart, on a list, on your bookshelf. Still, you cannot figure out which book you should read next.

As we have discussed before here at Built by Books, development books can be an amazing way to learn something new and advance your career. There are millions of books out there, and even when you look at lists of the “Best Books for X,” you get dizzy with the options.

Let me give you a little direction. These are career books that I have sought out, read, and loved. They have actionable ways to improve your career or personal life immediately.

The first step, though, is figuring out which part of your life you want to change. Do you want to unleash your creativity? Get your new small business off the ground?

Here we have eight different areas that are common for go-getters like you, with three books in each area.

Stuck in career neutral? Figure out where you need to up your game, and you there! From Built by Books.

Books in the roundup:

1) Essentialism by Greg Mckeown, 2) 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam, 3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, 4) Originals by Adam Grant, 5) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, 6) Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley, 7) The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, 8) Change Anything by Kerry Peterson, et al, 9) Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, 10) Strengths Finder by Tom Rath, 11) Start with Why by Simon Sinek, 12) The Element by Ken Robinson, 13) Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, 14) This Will Make You Smarter by John Brockman, 15) Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, 16) The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, 17) Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, 18) The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, 19) Duct Tape Selling by John Jantsch, 20) The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, 21) The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, 22) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, 23) The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, 24) Presence by Amy Cuddy.

Some of these books even have additional resources and Built by Book articles. Click the links below to see learn more!


*This post contains affiliate links for the books listed. As a bookworm, I only recommend the books I love. I hope you like them, too!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Alican T. says:

    Great list, read about half of them and totally agree with you.


    1. morganprovince says:

      Thanks for reading, Alican!


  2. Waqas says:

    Hey..nice collection..


    1. morganprovince says:

      Thank you! There are so many good books out there, and not enough time!


  3. The Caffeinated Millennial says:

    Oooo, I just stumbled upon this collection of books and I am OBSESSED! I’ve read some of them, but I haven’t heard of some of them. I am adding them to my ‘to read’ list right now!

    xo, Victoria


    1. My “to read” list is so long right now!!


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