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6 Books You Need To Read In Your 20's

Posted by Auvi Evans on 2/12/17 5:06 PM


Your 20's can be a crazy time in life. Figuring out what you are doing with your life does not happen overnight and takes some real searching. 

We all have different paths that can take us many different directions. So whether you find yourself living abroad, working a job, in school or in a weird limbo stage where you don't know what you're doing- read these books! They'll inspire you and help you learn some really great lessons and useful things as you navigate through your 20's (and on!).

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  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
  • Walden, or Life In The Woods by Henry David Thoreau
  • Graduates In Wonderland by Jessica Pan & Rachel Kapelke-Dale
  • The Girls Guide To Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess

Yes Please

Starting it off strong with the one and only Amy Poehler. This book is of course hilarious, but also has some great advice to apply in life. The sections in the book are titled: "Say Whatever You Want," "Do Whatever You Like," and "Be Whoever You Are." Poehler goes into each of those in detail cracking jokes and golden one liners along the way.  Read this and learn more about how to be you and not taking yourself for granted.

My Year With Eleanor

" My Year with Eleanor" is Noelle Hancocks story on how she followed the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt's advice to "do one thing everyday which scares you." Hancock completes this for a year finishing on her 30th birthday and shares her journey of personal development and finding herself.

Walden, Or Life In The Woods

This is a classic written in the 1800's. Walden shares Thoreau's experiences over the course of 2 years where he lives in a cabin he built. His thoughts are beautiful and will really give you something to ponder. It's packed with amazing gems. One of my favorites being "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." SO GOOD. 

Graduates in Wonderland

This book follows two girls who became best friends their sophomore year of college. You follow them after graduation throughout their various triumphs and struggles which lead them to places like China and France. This brutally honest book shows how hard it can be to get through your 20's in one piece, but how great it is to have a friend to do it with. 

The Girls Guide To Hunting And Fishing

Another honest and sometimes hard to swallow book about the journey a girl takes to turn into a woman. It shows a girl named Jane and her progress through heartbreak, loss, a terrible career and other life events that we can all relate too. 

Oh, The Places You'll Go

A Dr. Seuss classic which can and maybe should be read every day of your life (not just when you're 5...promise)! This colorful and clever book helps you realize your potential and how you can become who you need to be. It also helps you realize that it's okay to feel lost- everyone does at one point or another. It's such a fun read and one that is for all ages. 


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