8 books to read in your 20's
Updated: Jan 6
Books are timeless pieces that hold experiences and teachings that guide people along the challenging journey of life. I believe there's no better time than your 20's to learn all you can and get your act together for the rest of your life. If you struggle with reading books, audiobooks are a great alternative. Audible is a great source for audiobooks with very many titles. Sign up below to get your 30-day FREE trial and one FREE audiobook.
Here are 8 books to read in your 20's;
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson
Mark Manson debunks conventional self help which overemphasizes positive thinking. He acknowledges the importance of negative thoughts and how accepting them is in fact a positive experience. Additionally, he gives an insight into how people create their own problems when they experience a lack and how to live is to suffer but we ought to pick what is worth suffering for. He also acknowledges how technology and mass marketing is messing up with the expectations for ourselves and how to overcome that situation. One of my best takeaways from this book is that you do not become exceptional by thinking you are exceptional, but by thinking you are average and working on improvement. If you have to read any book out of the 8, I suggest you read this one.
101 Essays that will change the way you think by Brianna Wiest
This book consists of 101 essays compiled by Brianna Wiest. She is a firm believer that if we want to change our lives, we have to change our minds and how we think. Every essay has a theme that will definitely give you a fresh perspective on your thoughts and challenge your actions. In each chapter, she uses teachings from various authors that better explain the theme of the essay. I would highly recommend this as a starter book if you would like to challenge your mind and thoughts.
Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards
Vanessa Van Edward's struggle with being the awkward person most of her life led her to write this book. She spent years researching human behaviour and the result was this science-based book that gives shortcuts on system and behaviour hacks that will elevate your interactions with people at work, home and any other social interaction. Her book will help you increase your likeability, interpersonal intelligence and rapport in any social setting.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
In this book, James Clear explains how a change in little(atomic) daily habits can help you get rid of old habits that do not serve you and develop habits you have been trying to for a while. He developed this framework from his experience which helped him overcome a life-shattering baseball accident such that less than a decade later he earned sports academic honours. James uses historic examples from world innovators and also gives practical examples of how you can develop good habits and get rid of bad ones. Additionally, each chapter is summarized and the learning points are highlighted. If you dedicate your time in implementing his teachings, you will soon develop habits you have been trying to for years and get rid of others that no longer serve you.
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
Dr Joe Dispenza is a neuroscientist who has dedicated his life to researching brain chemistry and function, memory formation, ageing and longevity. In this book, he breaks down the basic brain functions of humans and how meditation can change the way we think and live our lives. His book uses scientific evidence from quantum physics and the vast research he and his colleagues have done in neurology to explain how anyone has the power within themselves to make significant changes in his or her life. Additionally, Dr Dispenza is a big advocate for meditation and he breaks down why meditation is essential and even offers guidance on how to start your personal meditation journey.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of famous Eat, Pray, Love that was so popular it got a movie adaptation. In this book, she talks about living a creative life. The book has six sections; Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity and is especially helpful for creatives since she spends most of the book convincing creatives to create through an extended pep talk. This book will give you the guts to create if you have been trying to create something like writing a book, painting or even travelling.
The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
In this book, that was written back in 2007, Tim Ferris teaches how to escape 9 to 5 and live anywhere and however you want. The major theme of the book is how to be more efficient in the little time you work so you can afford shorter working hours with high returns. Tim describes step by step tactics that will help you in various areas of your life. My biggest take away from this book was letting go of the notion of grand retirement. I am now convinced that I shouldn't be slaving my youth away in the promise of a grand retirement since none of it is efficient or sustainable. Tim with all his accomplishments has crazy ideas, but it is up to you to take what you think will work for you and at least appreciate his point of view of the rest.
The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
Jonas Salzgeber is a 27-year-old from Switzerland, who also blogs at NJ LifeHacks with his brother Nils. In this book, he introduces the history of Stoicism and later breaks it down by sharing 55 Stoic self-improvement practices. Although Stoicism is ancient Greek Philosophy, Jonas breaks it down to show how it is relevant in the modern world and makes it very interactive for the ordinary reader. You can expect to learn about general strategies to build resilience followed up by techniques to be applied in challenging situations such as coping with grief and techniques for dealing with interpersonal challenges such as remembering your own flaws and dealing with insults. There's a lot to take in but when approached systematically, the book is a game-changer.