There’s no denying that your twenties are an important decade. It’s a time where you leave your adolescent needs behind and start shaping your future through friendships, family, love, or your career. Essentially, it’s the time to lay the foundation for the rest of your life. And to get you through these pressures with a few lighthearted laughs and bits of advice, we’ve laid out some must-reads to get your hands on before you hit thirty.
The book: Girls in White Dresses
Overview: Jennifer Close tells the story of three women going to wedding after wedding and bridal shower after bridal shower as they struggle with the pressures of their love life, careers, and heartache.
Why you should read it: Women in their 20s soon become familiar with the all-my-friends-are-getting-married drill. Share a few laughs and tears with these gals that could easily be your girlfriends.
The book: The Opposite of Loneliness
Overview: Before she died in a tragic car accident five days after her graduation from Yale, Marina Keegan wrote a series of short stories and essays that beautifully capture the worries, struggles, and dreams of her generation.
Why you should read it: Keegan eloquently and insightfully reminds us of what it’s like to be a youth in college and preparing for an adult life where the possibilities for meeting our potential are endless.
The book: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
Overview: Adam Grant speaks on the effective benefits of being “givers” in the corporate environment as much as we are “takers”. He proposes that the popular belief that leaders only rise to the top because of their self-serving behavior isn’t entirely true, and we should strive to help out one another professionally.
Why you should read it: Grant’s advice is perfect for those starting out their career or figuring out the best strategy for getting that next promotion.
The book: Dark Places
Overview: From the same writer that brought you Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn delivers the thrilling story of Libby Day and her mission to discover the true criminal behind the deaths of her mother and sisters after testifying against her brother 25 years earlier.
Why you should read it: If you love murder mysteries and being the first to figure out the plot twist, you won’t want to miss this exciting drama.
The book: The Circle
Overview: Dave Eggers tells the story of Mae Holland, a recent college grad that just got the job of a lifetime at a Google-esque type of tech company in California. Mae starts out very ambitious and even a bit of naive, but quickly begins to question the integrity, lack of privacy, and ethics of a world obsessed with the web.
Why you should read it: Eggers offers an interesting perspective and commentary about today’s culture and a life that revolves around the internet.
That’s our list, but we want to hear what’s on yours? Share your favorite books for twenty-something folks in the comments.