8 Books about life in your 20s

Your 20s are a time for finding yourself, starting an adult life and working toward your lifelong goals. We know it isn’t always easy to conquer the world at this age but we think the wisdom in these books will make your life a little easier.

Almost Adulting by Arden Rose

Arden Rose covers the most elementary topics of being a successful adult in this nonfiction read. From making sure you’re eating enough protein to developing successful and long-lasting relationships, this is the book for anyone who struggles to keep it all together in their young adult years.

Everything Is Awful by Matt Bellassai

Matt Bellassai refuses to call this book a memoir because he has yet to do anything truly memorable. Detailing the struggles of his budding adult life, Bellassai takes readers through his biggest letdowns, successful moments and small victories. This book will inspire all the 20-somethings who are just trying to keep it together. Matt strongly encourages you to drink a few glasses of wine while reading his book. 

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage Plot brings about a new kind of love story, worthy of those told in the 19th century. It’s the early ’80s and English major Madeleine Hanna is more interested in early romances written by Jane Austen and George Eliot. As her studies take her deeper into the framework of these great love stories, she’ll be confronted by two very different men who will make her reevaluate the life she leads.

Unfiltered by Lily Collins

This collection of essays by Golden Globe nominee, Lily Collins, talks about the everyday struggles we go through in our 20s. From issues on body image to family and dating, this honest book will help guide you through the difficult stages of growing up, finding yourself and standing up for others.  

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Filled with personal stories, Lena Dunham explores all the ways in which it means to be a young adult in a world that can sometimes feel overwhelming. With each chapter examining a different experience of life in her 20s, Lena strives to inspire young women to find their voice and tell their story even when it feels like the world is falling down around them.

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Cassie and Julia didn’t know what it was like to live without one another but as they grow into their 20s, the two will find that their lives take them in different directions. As Cassie sets out on a new adventure, she’ll risk ruining her oldest friendship for her own selfish reasons. This honest depiction of adolescence and friendship will ring true to anyone who has gone through tumultuous friendships early in their adult lives.

The Big Life by Ann Shoke

The Big Life by Ann Shoket

Written by a woman who knows what it’s like to have the life you want most, Ann Shoket’s The Big Life is filled with advice and personal anecdotes to help guide young women through the beginning of their adult lives. With words of wisdom about finding the career that sparks your fire and learning to let go of perfection, this book is the title to read if you are trying to navigate the murky waters of growing up.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The United States has now become the Republic of Gilead in this dystopian novel set in the near future. Reverting back to the life of the Puritans, society has become unrecognizable and it has strange consequences for the republic’s population. Told from Offred’s point of view, the young handmaiden will face her fair share of faith-testing challenges and dilemmas.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry

Starting life in the real world and staying financially sound isn’t as easy as it may sound. Broke Millennial will help you get your finances together and keep you from living paycheck to paycheck. A book perfect for those in their 20s , Broke Millennial covers your average financial topics and also includes real-life situations that everyone can relate to.

Ashley Johnson

Editor

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or reviewing the newest liquid lipstick formula on her YouTube channel.

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