20 Reads for Your Twenties

Hello Friends! This list was adapted from books that I have previously read and others that have been recommended to me. These books are full of awe-inspiring tales, motivation, heartbreak, and determination for women in their twenties. Whether you love to read or not, these books offer something for everyone. Enjoy!

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Inevitably you read this classic growing up in school, but I encourage you to read it again as you get older. The lessons this book teaches are timeless and mean more to you as an adult than as a child.to kill a mockingbird
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – I picked this one up after a break-up and it was just what I needed. Cheryl Strayed’s recount of her times hiking 1,200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail makes for an inspiring story, especially for those lost and lonely souls out there.Wild
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo – This is a short, quick read but packed full of great knowledge. The book talks about the idea of a personal legend and instills in us that we should never give up on our dreams.the alchemist
  4. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche – Rachel Bertsche undertakes quite the endeavour in this book by setting out to conquer 52 “friend dates” in one year to find a new best friend.

mwf seeking bff

5. The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin – This is the book I based this blog after, but it is certainly a great read for twenty-somethings. Rubin teaches people that happiness can be found even in the simple things in life.


6. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – This book will make you feel all of the feels. Jeannette Walls opens up about the hardships she faced in her childhood, and it will give you a new respect for your own parents. 

the glass castle

7. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – After her divorce, Gilbert takes a trip to Italy, India, and Indonesia all on her own. The lessons she learns along the way will make you want to jet off to an unknown place in search of your own new experiences.

Eat, Pray, Love

8. Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster – Jen Lancaster is witty and humorous in this novel about being unemployed. Her spirit, even when faced with the struggles of unemployment, are encouraging to all those job seekers out there.

bitter is the new black

9. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Set in 1964, this book teaches us to overcome racial prejudice through a young girl. Sue Monk Kidd reminds us all how important our mothers truly are to us as we grow older.

secret life of bees

10. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – If you took my recommendation to read To Kill a Mockingbird, you won’t want to skip this book. Go Set a Watchman is the sequel to Lee’s classic novel, and follows Scout Finch as she visits Maycomb in her adulthood, truly seeing the prejudices of her childhood for the first time.

Go set a watchman

11. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – You will not be disappointed picking up this read. Although distopian, this novel reminds us of the heartbreak that comes along with relationships and why sometimes to love others, we have to make sacrifices

night circus

12. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley & David Kelley – I actually haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my to- read list (which you can check out by connecting with me on Goodreads!).

creative confidence

13. The Post-College Guide to Happiness by Bryan Cohen – Again, have not read this one yet but would welcome feedback on it!

post college guide to happiness

14. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis – This book is about an unlikely friendship between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. The two, together, founded the field of behavioral economics. 

undoing project

15. Bossypants by Tina Fey – This book was added to the list because it comes up a lot in business. Tina Fey recounts how women, when giving orders in the workplace are seen as bossy, rather than as the leaders they are.


16. A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – Shonda Rhimes, the writer of the tv shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, is hilarious in this quick read. As an introvert always saying no to opportunities, Rhimes spent a year saying yes to every opportunity that came her way. This book teaches us how to push past our fears and her commentary is sure to make you smile.

Year of yes

17. East of Eden by John Steinbeck – Be prepared for a strange ending as that is what Steinbeck is known for. East of Eden seeks to explain the forces between good/evil and how we can overcome evil.

east of eden

18. Life After College by Jenny Blake – Jenny Blake, a well-known life advice blogger, uses this book to dole out some helpful advice to recent graduates on getting what they want.

life after college

19. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – This book was given to me by a friend. It was written as Randy Pausch, a distinguished professor, was on his deathbed. He reflects on the most important things he learned in his life and offers some insightful advice.

the last lecture

20. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran – This one I have not read but am super excited to. It follows a 14 year old girl as she works to become a journalist and overall a “self-made woman.”

how to build a girl


Do you have any books you would add to this list? If so, please leave a comment below. I am always looking for new reads!


2 thoughts on “20 Reads for Your Twenties”

  1. This has to be on of the greatest recommendation of books I have ever found! The Night Circus is one of the most amazing books I’ve read as it’s one of those books you read and next thing you know you’ve returned to the real world after being sucked in. The Happiness Project is just fabulous. Have you listened to her podcasts? Or been to Kikki-K’s Happiness workshops, which are based on Gretchen’s book? Great list! I think I will use this to choose my next read x


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