With all the social media in our lives, it’s hard to pick up a book now days, especially if you are the kind of person who has a hard time reading.
But reading really is worth your time. Not only does it have some serious intellectual and emotional benefits, books can teach rich life lessons you just can’t get from Twitter. If you are in your 20’s, check out these books:
“The Defining Decade” by Meg Jay
In this book, author Dr. Meg Jay (and clinical psychologist) argues how twentysomethings are caught in a swirl of corruption; what was once considered another stage of adolescence is now a lesson in how to be a full-grown adult. This book captures a perspective that guides you through the transition of being a teen to being a young adult, all while giving you advice on how to pave your path.
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
You could not write a list of books and not include this classic that teaches some serious life lessons. If you’ve yet to read Fitzgerald’s masterpiece don’t wait! If it’s been a while since you last picked it up, reread it. Delve into lessons about life, folly, romance and tragedy.
“The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan
This alone is one of the most sought after books to read during your twenties. It’s a compilation of short essays written by Marina Keegan, a college student that passed away three days after graduation. The thoughts that come from Keegan teach a touching lesson on how to use your talents and quirks to impact the world.
“His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman
Book one of the trilogy, The Golden Compass, “His Dark Materials”starts a fictious adventure that lets the reader delve into a world where beliefs are questioned and identities are slowly understood. Keep an eye out for the lesson of friendship; it’s one you’ll need to learn for yourself.
“Tuesdays” with Morrie by Mitch Albom
This book shows a young man who is fortunate enough to learn some of the best things that life has to offer from his college professor – a man in his late sixties, and dying. This touching story elaborates on the complex and invaluable nature of relationships. It certainly will inspire you to take a second look at how you treat the people in your life.
“Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson
Easily one of the most spellbinding books I have ever had the opportunity to read, the story focuses on rebirth…over, and over, and over and over again. You get lost in time and find yourself enthralled with main character’s thoughts. It is a creative work that allows you to ask yourself “what difference can I make?”, a pervasive question present in your 20’s.
“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
Not only does Poehler’s book make you laugh it also takes you to the brim of a heartbreak, the gasp of air before a near death experience and the slow nod of complete understanding. This best-selling memoir is fitting for anyone (especially the moms out there) who need a laugh through the realities of life.
Your twenties might not be easy, but it is a time in your life to really decide who you are going to be. These books not only encourage you to figure out themes of happiness, friendship, adventure and relationships in your own life, but allow you to sympathize and explore the lives of others.