7 Books You Should Read in Your 20s

Our twenties is a weird but transformative stage.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Dec 26, 2020
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Tuesdays With Morrie/Doubleday, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck/HarperOne
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Our early twenties is a weird but transformative stage. We’ve just officially become adults even though it doesn’t feel like it just yet. It’s a tricky phase of being too young to be considered old, and too old to be considered young. Making mistakes is inevitable and feeling lost is like a mandatory phase in adulthood. That said, being twenty-somethings might just be the right moment to crack open a book that can shift our perspective regarding how we live our lives. 

Below, we list down seven book suggestions for every twenty-something:

52 Cups of Coffee: Inspiring and Insightful Stories for Navigating Life's Uncertainties

by Megan Gebhart

Feeling lost in life after college graduation, the author embarks on a new goal to have a cup of coffee with a different person each week to hear about their life and career stories. Every person--from an ex Starbucks' Vice President to a mere first grader--has a story to tell that we could all learn a thing or two from.


Kafka on the Shore

by Haruki Murakami

With stories and characters beyond your imagination (cats can talk, NBD), the book explores elaborate and mind-bending themes that might not initially make sense to readers, but it ultimately makes them reframe their perspective by asking its readers thought-provoking questions.

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Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie recounts the author’s reunion with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, whom he visits every Tuesday to talk about life and what it means to truly live. Regardless of your  age, this book is a worthy read for someone who appreciates being given a new perspective in life.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

by Mark Manson

Although laden with profanity (if you can’t already tell by the title itself), this book aims to remind its reader that it’s okay if you’re not in a positive mindset all the time because not everything in life is rainbows and butterflies.


The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

One of Paulo Coelho’s most popular works, The Alchemist tells the story of a shepherd boy’s journey in search of treasure and meets different people along the way. It helps its readers realize that, just like the alchemist, you, too, can turn your ordinary lives into something special.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes

by Willian Bridges

Entering your 20s is one of the biggest transitions you’ll have to face, and this book focuses on the turning points and changes people go through in life and how they make sense of it.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

by Donald Miller

After being offered the chance to turn his memoir into a film and going through the process of framing his story into a more fictionalized version for cinematic purposes, Miller wonders what life would be like if he edited his ~real~ life to become a better story. With his many tales, both hilarious and sob-inducing, readers will get to realize that we have control over our lives more than we like to believe.



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