The Best Books to Read in Your Twenties

SELF CARE / Friday, July 8th, 2016

Happy Friday lovelies! I hope your week went smooth and that your weekend rocks! In honor of Friday, I am posting an A2A Friday Favorites Blog Post. This Friday, I am focusing on Books! To be more specific, I am listing my top 10 reading choices for twenty-something’s.

A list of must read books for twenty-something's. The list has inspirational reads, humorous reads, and reads filled with life advice. Something for every twenty-something.

*As a side note, please be aware that this post may contain affiliate links. To read my affiliate disclaimer: click here.

I have listed each book with a small description, but you can also click the title and it will bring you to amazon and show you a full description of the book as well as a list of reviews. You can also grab your own copy from Amazon as well.

Okay, let’s get to it! These are my top 10 must read books for twenty-something’s:

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps – Kelly Williams Brown

This is a great book for anyone in their twenties. It is filled with useful tips and advice for surviving adulthood (468 to be exact) and it has every topic from cooking to career to friends to relationships. It is also a great gift idea for a recent college grad or a friend in their twenties.


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

Okay so I was a huge Mindy Kaling fan even before I read this book (love the Mindy Project), but after reading “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” I love her even more. The book is a collection of essays combined with humor and heart and is a great read for any twenty-something. My favorite chapter is “Failing at Everything” because I mean, who can’t relate to that in their twenties?


Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood – Alida Nugent

Alida Nugent is also the blogger behind the blog Frenemy. If you have ever viewed Nugent’s blog, you know she has a sarcastic and snarky personality which shines through in her writing. This book is extremely easy to relate to and it reminds us that even when were falling on our faces over and over again in our twenties, we can still poke fun and find the humor in those life lessons.


Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” – Lena Dunham

I am a huge GIRLS fan and a huge Lena Dunham fan as well, so it is no surprise her book is on my list of must reads. I think Lena Dunham is an extremely influential and important role model to our generation. She pushes back against the social “norms” and that is why I absolutely love her, and this book. I read “Not That Kind of Girl” in 2 days and found it so funny and easy to relate to. A must read!


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

Okay, being completely honest, I have not read this YET. It is on my Summer reading list though and I have heard really great things about it. I have watched Meg Jay’s Ted Talk on this topic  which I found extremely motivational, so I can image her book will have the same inspirational qualities. I promise to update the post once I read it.


F*ck! I’m in My Twenties – Emma Koenig

This is one of my favorites and is actually based on the Tumblr account with the same name. This book is full of hilarious and true illustrations, diagrams, lists and more, all dedicated to life as a twenty-something. Such a light and easy read, and another great gift for the twenty-somethings in your life. You will find yourself laughing and agreeing throughout the whole book.


30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30 – Pamela Redmond Satran

I have no read this one but I have heard good things about it and understandably so! It features advice from some extremely notable women such as Maya Angelou and Lauren Conrad. It sounds like a great guide for women in their twenties full of life advice and tips.


20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction – Christine Hassler

I loved this book. I read it in my early twenties and it was more of a motivational work-book than anything else. It has a ton of great advice and questions to help you realize your potential and possible path in life and also reminds you that you are not alone on this crazy journey we call adulthood.



I Can’t Believe it’s Not Better: A Woman’s Guide to Coping With Life – Monica Heisey

This is a self-help book with a hilarious twist. It is seriously funny and filled with personal experience, life advice with a humorous twist, and also includes some great quizzes. This was a great read and a great pick for those who don’t love the whole “self-help” trend or cheesy life quotes and cliché’s. Instead of taking that approach Heisey pokes fun and makes the adulthood journey a funny ride.


The Girl’s Guide: Getting the hang of your whole complicated, unpredictable, impossibly amazing life -Melissa Kirsch

This is a great book to have on hand during your twenties. It is basically a guide to all of life’s questions you may have while on the journey to adulthood. It has advice on every aspect of life. Everything from credit cards, purchasing a car, cleaning, sex and dating, and so much more. It is basically a Girls Bible to figuring our adulthood and not falling flat on your face in the process.


Okay, so I could have listed a million books, but maybe I will just have to do a Part 2 at some point instead?! These are the books that I recommend you check out in your twenties. They will help you navigate through this crazy adventure we call adulthood and also remind you that you are not the only one who feels completely lost sometimes.

I hope you liked my list. I would love to hear your recommendations! What books would you recommend twenty-something’s read, or what book has helped you out in your twenties? Leave me a comment below and let me know!


Spread the love

6 Replies to “The Best Books to Read in Your Twenties”

  1. These look like such great reads! Another career type book I love is “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office.” It has tines of tips that you can actually use, and you get to take a pretty in-depth quiz before hand to learn your strengths and weaknesses as a young woman in the workplace. It’s definitely my all-time favorite adulthood book !

  2. I’m definitely going to have to add all of these books to my reading list! I love Mindy Kaling so I’m probably going to start with that one! Have you read her second book “Why Not Me?”?

  3. I’m reading Twenty Something, Twenty Everything right now! I hope you’re enjoying Meg Jay’s book–it’s one of my favorite “self-help” type books. I definitely need to check out I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better and Don’t Worry It Gets Worse, because they sound like they’re right down my cynical little alley.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.