For this weeks edition of Media Monday, I’ll be sharing with you all a list of 7 Books to Read in Your 20s that I compiled with some help from similar lists on other websites. I’ve always loved reading, but I’ve been so bad about it in the past couple years. Nothing like required college reading to ruin the joy of reading for pleasure. But now that I’m back to it and trying to get into more “Media Monday” posts, perhaps I’ll pick up some books and start sharing my selections and current books with you. Continue on to read my list of 7 Books to Read in Your 20s!
Here is my list of books to read in your 20s! I’ve read a few of these books have at least wanted to read the others. All book bios listed below are taken from the Amazon pages listed above. I haven’t read them all, so thought I’d just have Amazon give a good snippet rather than me. Just because the list is technically targeted towards people in their 20s, of course anyone should read these books!
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
When I graduated from high school, a family friend sent me this book in the mail. Two years later, she sent my sister the same book for her high school graduation. It really is a great book. It’s nice to be reminded of “the places you’ll go”. It suits the uncertainties felt in your 20s.
Summary: “A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.” – Amazon
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I’ve never read this novel. My boyfriend read it for one of his college courses and gave it to me to read. I still haven’t gotten around to it, because he said it’s pretty said. I want to be in a good state of mind to read it, ideally. Just to get more out of it and be less affected negatively. Not a knock on the book, you should read it, it was on a lot of the lists I looked at!
Summary: “The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.” – Amazon
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This is another book I have but have yet to read. It was my Mom who gave me this book. She read it when it first came out and really enjoyed, as much as you can given the nature of the novel. I believe she also read the following book written by Hosseini. I really would like to read this book someday when I get back into reading. It’s not my usual genre, so I’d be good for me to branch out some.
Summary: “The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.” -Amazon
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I read this book a couple years back, before talk of the movie was well known. I really enjoyed this read. It really spoke to me and I liked the characters a lot. The one thing that always makes me giggle is watching previews for the now released movie is the brother character is a lot more outgoing and loud than I had imagined while reading the book. Gotta love films versus novels! It is a great book. The ending is interesting, and I’ll leave it at that.
Summary: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.” -Amazon
5. What She Saw…, by Lucinda Rosenfeld
I have never actually heard of this book, but it showed up on several lists, so it’s been added to my personal “to read” list. The summary sounded intriguing, and it seems to have high reviews from some places I checked out. I’ll have to read it sometimes soon and let you all know what I thought. If you’ve read it, comment below and tell me what you though!
Summary: “Plagued with weird parents, an underdeveloped body, and a mind on the verge of self-deconstruction, Phoebe Fine feels ill-equipped for a journey through the hardening chambers of the late twentieth-century heart. But from fifth grade and Roger Mancuso, equal parts baby Brando and court jester, through her early adult life with New Media executive Neil Schmertz, a babytalker who prefers spooning to sex, Phoebe trudges defiantly through guyland, armed with a tart tongue, and propelled by an insatiable desire to be loved.” -Amazon
6. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishigur
This is another book I haven’t read. It’s been in my Amazon book wishlist for a while now. I’ll have to buy it and read it finally. It’s always hard once a movie comes out, because I’m horrible now days and just assume watch the movie. But they’re always different! I do want to read this book. It sounds like a combination of books I generally read and something entirely different, too.
Summary: “As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.” – Amazon
7. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I’ve read several of John Green’s books, as well as watching his and his brother YouTube channel, VlogBrothers. I’ve enjoyed all his books, and this one is no different. It’s currently getting all the hype because of the movie to be in theatres at the end of the month! I have to say, this book isn’t my favorite John Green book, but it is very well written and I think speaks well to people of this age.
Summary: “The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.” – Wikipedia
You can buy all of these books on Amazon.com…
Thank you to AllWomensTalk.com, Gentwenty.com. BuzzFeed.com for some of these book ideas! All book images in this post are from Amazon.com. Just thought I ought to give due credit where it’s deserved.