12 Books Everyone Should Read in Their early 20s

12 books everyone should read in their twenties.  Book list for millennials. Reading lists in your twenties can be hard to find. Check out these books. Literature. Book Nerd. Book worm.


Reading books is a great way to become a lifelong learner who soaks up knowledge for future use. A good book can bring positive, lasting changes to one’s life, I would know. I bought “The Defining Decade” by Dr. Meg Jay after seeing rave reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and The New York Times. Let me say, this purchase was totally worth it and I made a promise to myself: I would live every day of my life with purpose from that day forward.

Books have shaped my twenties and I wanted to share with you some of my favorites:

1. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Dr. Meg Jay

You may have caught Meg Jay's Ted Talk? If you haven't, go watch now! You're twenties matter, and contrary to popular belief, they are NOT the new 30.

2. 101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Agone

A humorous and insightful take on navigating your twenties and the quarter life crisis.

3. The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make A Big Difference by Ellis Jones 

Most of us want to make a positive impact on the world, but have no idea where to start. Jones' book shows how we can make small effective changes to make a difference in life.

4. Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World by Lindsey Pollak

As a recent graduate myself, I often wonder how to get the job without experience and how to get the experience without the job? Pollak shares a step-by-step guide for transitioning from college to a career and why professionalism matters.

5. Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake

Blake gives you the steps and inspires you to take action. We only live one life, so dream big!

6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Introverts have and will always shape the world we live in.

7. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

“Is Google making us stupid?” Carr challenges our reliance on technology and the potential damage it's having on our brains and lives.

8. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

A captivating and invigorating book on the intricacies of the brain and why we do certain things.

9. Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest

After 9/11 new security measures were put in place, Priest and Arkin explore this hidden “fourth branch” of the government.

10. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Humans have forever shaped Earth. Kolbert explores the major extinctions and the impacts they've had on our planet.

11. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

A riveting and informative account on climate change and how our impact on Earth will continue.

12. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Memory can be shaped for better. Foer shares about his yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of “mental athletes”.

            Books are depositories where human thoughts and knowledge are stored for later generations to muse about. In our technology-driven society, it’s important to remember, reading is still important for our growth and stress relief. I hope that as a fellow Millennial you make it your goal to read a book each day for 20 minutes because the knowledge gained from reading will be yours forever.


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