Readers in their 20s can jump from one genre to the other. Others, don’t even read at all. So, here’s a list of 20 books that 20 year olds need to read in order to get the best out of their young adult lives.
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
This is a story of trials and triumphs with a hint of Amy Poehler’s unstoppable humor.
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This paints a picture from words describing how young people feel after taking the plunge into the world of young adulthood.
- My Year with Eleonor by Noelle Hancock
This is perfect for those who want to live the YOLO life. Follow Eleonor Roosevelt’s advice: “Do one thing every day that scares you”.
4. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Here’s a look at the unique experience of college and the worth of life itself.
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
This book has one message: heed the advice of the elders. They have life’s greatest lessons.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is a story of a woman’s struggle for self-determination against the challenges of her time
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This novel talks about pursuing your dreams and believing in that voice inside that says “you can do it”.
8. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Sometimes we just have to let pride out of the way and ask.
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
What happens when all the dreamy things you believe in life ends?
- Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
A tell-all tale from a twenty-something to all twenty-somethings.
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
This book teaches to appreciate family and all the opportunities that come your way
- The Myths of Happiness
This book explores what should and shouldn’t make you happy but has the opposite effect on you.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This book connects travel and self-discovery.
- Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
The book explores three elements of love—love for self, someone else and others.
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
This is a story of LGBT experience in love, heartbreak and alienation.
- Exit Here by Jason Myers
What happens when you realize your life isn’t exactly how you envisioned it would be?
- A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Here’s one day in the life of a single man.
18. One hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book offers a profound look at the nature of time, history and solitude
- Native Son by Richard Wright
This book has a plea to consider the effects of societal discrimination against the disenfranchised and the oppressed.
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
If you’re wondering if you are destined to be alone, read this book.