The Best Books to Read in Your 20sGreat literature grows out of periods of change, and there are few transitions more more, well, transitional than the end of your twenties and the onset of the whole rest of your life. Here are 30 favorites from an informal poll of TIME staffers. Contact us at editors time. Ifemelu leaves her native Nigeria to study in the U. But when they reunite in Lagos 15 years later, everything has changed. Get it now. A young American man living in Paris confronts his sexuality after entering into a romantic relationship with an Italian bartender named Giovanni.
21 books everyone should read in their 20s
Best of all, they discuss all of this while being completely judgment-free. In this book, Duckworth writes about the power of passion and perseverance over talent. Reading this book will remind you — or prove to you — that committing to your passion is so much more important than having innate talent. What I found most moving about this memoir, though, was her openness and honesty with her struggle to get pregnant. I know I will look to this book as a source of comfort again down the road. Read this book, read this book, read this book! Though writers in particular will absolutely love this book, the wisdom and truthfulness that Lamott shares is helpful and impactful for anyone.
Instead of diving head-first into the typical job after she graduated, Gebhart decided to use an experiment as a means of finding her passion. She sat down for coffee with a new person once a week for an entire year to learn about the careers and lives of different people, including the co-founder of Apple and a former VP at Starbucks. This book might just cure you of pessimism. The author takes readers on an emotional roller coaster with this Pulitzer Prize winning novel. If you decide to open this book, there's a good chance that you'll end up with a blurry, skewed vision about the basic foundation of life.
Am I really in love with them? What am I doing with my life? What do I want my career to look like? This must-read book list covers a wide variety of topics that have helped me understand and develop my personal and professional life. Many of us are figuring out how to put intersectional feminism into practice as we navigate the challenges of dating and being a woman in the workplace.
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If we want to find clarity and answers for our 20s, we need to first start with the right questions. None of this happens without the readers here. And what better way to celebrate than to talk about the 27 books that influenced me on this quest for finding the best questions and answers for our 2os.
Inspired by this post. A story of loss, disillusionment, and, ultimately, healing while on a 1,mile solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Trials, triumphs, and a taste of Poehler's brilliant comedy. It's an honest look at the comedy queen's rise to the top. A s classic, this novel is the embodiment of the terrifying energy young people feel after launching into the world on their own. When life as she knew it ended, the author embarked on a "Year of Fear," deciding to take Eleanor Roosevelt's advice to "Do one thing every day that scares you.
Like most people in their mids, I have a strong penchant for caffeinated beverages, fast Internet, cool shoes, and good advice. I bet you do, too. We have a lot of things figured out: how to eat kale without doing our taste buds a disservice two words: bacon fat , online banking, and putting together Ikea furniture hacking it, too. We may have even decoded how to control our skin freakouts, even though Seventeen magazine promised our faces would clear by now lies, all lies. In all of our mental clutter, we've always been able to turn to books.