Books to Read in Your 20’s

They called them the roaring 20’s for a reason right? We learned to hide our booze, party hard, and dance all night. Just like people in their 20’s do now right? (Not sit at home and read all night or post on a blog… )

So alright maybe I don’t know how to party like I’m twenty but here’s a list of books you should definitely read in your 20’s 

  • Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
  • On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel by Paul Scheerbart
  • The Sense of an Ending by Juliam Barnes
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Letters by Kurt Vonnegut
  • I love Dick by Chris Kraus
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • To the Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
  • Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing uo Groovy and Clueless by Susan Jane Gilman
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
    • Bridget Jones series
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender
  • Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You by Jeannette Walls
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • This One is Mine by Maria Semple
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  • Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan
  • The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • Nice is Just a Place in France: How to Win at Basically Everything  by The Betches
  • Bitches on a Budget: Sage Advice for Surviving Tough Times in Style by Rosalyn Hoffman
  • Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
  • Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Most Failed) Attempts at Adulthood by Alida Nugent (read May 2017 ★★★★☆)
  • What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins
  • F*ck! Im in My Twenties by Emma Koenig 
  • Sixty Stories by Donals Barthelme
  • In Darkness by Nick Lake
  • The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
  • Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
  • How’s Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well by Eric Felten
  • How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman
  • Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  • My Misspent Youth: Essays by Meghan Daum
  • How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin
  • Lit by Mary Karr
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith
  • Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  • Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    • His Dark Materials series
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Ready PLayer One by Ernest Cline (read March 2016 ★★★★★)
  • Pastoralia by George Saunders
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy
  • The Sandman, Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  • A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
  • Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  • Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz 
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
    • Imperial Radch Trilogy
  • Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Kindred by Octavia E Butler
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria
  • Buffering by Hannah Hart (read July 2017 ★★★★★)
  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman (read July 2017 ★★★★☆)

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