There are lots of things you should do before you turn 30 and reading is one of them. Reading keeps your brain in shape and boosts cognition. Plus, it's fun! There's nothing better at the end of the day than sitting down with a compelling novel that sucks you in and won't let go. Wondering what to read during your 20s? Here are your best bets. Happy reading!
Table of contents:
- a clockwork orange by anthony burgess
- even cowgirls get the blues by tom robbins
- the sun also rises by ernest hemingway
- harry potter and the sorcerer's stone by j.k rowling
- the tipping point by malcolm gladwell
- the amazing adventures of kavalier & clay by michael chabon
- a room of one's own by virginia woolf
- americanah by chimamanda ngozi adichie
- a people's history of the united states by howard zinn
- the wisdom of the desert by thomas merton
- the lord of the rings by j.r.r. tolkien
- how should a person be? by sheila heti
- siddhartha by hermann hesse
- the age of innocence by edith wharton
- native son by richard wright
- the great gatsby by f. scott fitzgerald
- lolita by vladimir nabokov
- never let me go by kazuo ishiguro
- geek love by katherine dunn
- getting things done by david allen
- the liar's club by mary karr
- how to cook everything by mark bittman
- on immunity by eula bliss
- the secret history by donna tartt
- salvage the bones by jesmyn ward
1 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Before you get to old to identify with the character in this book, give it a read. It tells the tale of a mentally ill adolescent and his fall into insanity.
2 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
The reason this book is so great for your 20s is because it's a great story that is packed with advice you can apply to your own life.
3 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway was in his 20s when he wrote this epic tale about life as a drunken young adult. The story will pull you in and make you want better for your youth.
4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.k Rowling
Read this one for no other reason than that everyone else has and you don't want to be left out.
5 The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Don't think the little things can change the world? Read this book and I guarantee that you'll change your mind.
6 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
In your 20s, you are discovering your sexuality and how it fits into your world. This book tackles the topic from the viewpoint of a Jewish refugee.
7 A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
This book is entertaining while it also shows you the value of your own time and your own space.
8 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Beyonce loves this book and you will too. It's about a multi-racial love story that is totally relevant in today's day and age.
9 A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
If you live in the United States and want to take political action and do your part for the nation, stop everything and read this book first.
10 The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton
In a time where richness and material possessions tend to reign, this book will show you that there's nothing shameful about living a simple life.
11 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Here's another one you should read just so you know what everyone else is talking about. But, it's a wonderful story too!
12 How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
This part story, part self-help book is a must read for any young adult living in the age of the Internet.
13 Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Your 20s are a time of self-discovery, which makes this book your perfect pick.
14 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
If you are living your own love story or hoping to, you will identify with the feel of this book.
15 Native Son by Richard Wright
Before you settle down with a family and a career, read this book about the lost and poverty stricken. Now is the time to use the emotions this book evokes to change the world you live in.
16 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sometimes the American Dream isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you liked the movie, you'll love the book!
17 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
This book will be your new favorite! Especially if you are questioning love and life in general.
18 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This book will renew your passion of not turning into what society tells you to be.
19 Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Read this one just because it's entertaining.
20 Getting Things Done by David Allen
Now is the time to build good habits, and this book will help.
21 The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
This book proves that you can't pick your family and Karr's approach to telling her tale will have you feeling better about yours.
22 How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Feeding yourself is a skill you'll need for the rest of your life. You might as well learn now.
23 On Immunity by Eula Bliss
Because you've heard the debate on immunizations and need to make the right choice for yourself.
24 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This is the kind of book that literary awards were created for.
25 Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Hurricane Katrina hit when you were a kid, but this book will let you see with grown-up eyes.
Get your library card ready because you have some reading to do. Which one tops your list?
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