20 Books to Read in Your 20s: The Ayestria Abridged Edition

I have been asked to put together a list of 20 Books to Read in Your 20s. I feel so honored that someone would ask me my opinion on this, but I’ve been a little overwhelmed at the thought of it. Firstly, I know I can’t speak to all of literary history, so I have chosen to stay with mostly contemporary books. Secondly, I am not done with my 20s, but I’ve been really lucky to read lots of great literature, and I love to pass on good books, especially the ones that stay with you for quite a while. They may not be all the best books, but they stirred emotion in me, either laughter, tears, or thought. Thirdly, I am not the first nor the last to make a list of this kind, so please take what you want from my list and others and just enjoy reading. I hope you enjoy my list and take from it what you can.

The list is in no particular order.

  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  4. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg*
  5. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown*
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  8. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling*
  11. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  12. Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor*
  13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  14. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  15. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  16. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  17. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  18. My Life in France by Julia Child*
  19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  20. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Happy reading!

* Non-fiction titles


2 responses

  1. When I saw your title I was like ooooh she better include Fault in Our Stars! YAY. I tried really hard with Elegance of the Hedgehog though and just couldn’t. Several of these are still on my to-read list, hopefully I’ll get through them while I’m still in my 20s haha.

    • Yeah, I included a couple of teen books because it’s better to look back on those years rather than read about them while dealing with them, I think. I’m sorry you didn’t like “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” I had a great literature teacher who taught us awesome vocabulary, so it was fun to see so many of them in use and not have to use a dictionary, haha.

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