7 of the best books I’ve read in my twenties (that you should read too)

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I definitely don’t read as much as I would like to. Reading is something I feel almost guilty about taking the time to do if I know I really should be doing something else. I’m not sure why I feel this way seeing as I seemingly have no problem binge-watching NCIS for hours when I should be doing something else.

I suppose I feel as if I can multitask easier when I watch Netflix as opposed to when I read a book. (Not that I do multitask when I watch Netflix – I just tell myself that I could if I wanted to.)

A girl reading a book
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But that’s not the point.

The point is that I do like to read, I’d like to read more, and I’ve read some pretty good books in the last few years. I’m currently trying to switch to reading at night when I’m falling asleep instead of scrolling through the internet or watching Youtube videos (or NCIS). Hopefully that way I can encourage myself to read more.

But of the books that I’ve read in the last couple of years there were a handful that really stuck with me. And not only stuck with me – but also made me excited to keep reading more. 

— Both inspired me to keep reading that individual book, and also inspired me to pick up new books and keep reading once I was done with that book. Have you read any books like that? That made you want to immediately keep reading more and more books? What were they? (Please let me know.)

Anyway, these were those books for me.

7 of the best books I’ve read in my 20s

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’ve ever struggled with creativity or with wanting to create more than you feel capable of, read this book. The anecdotes and advice given in the book will no doubt inspire you to start creating and never look back.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

A very intriguing (and frightening) concept – based in part on fundamentals and norms already in place in society. The story follows Offred in a future totalitarian society in which women are seen as property and whose main purpose is to reproduce.

There is also a show based on the book on Hulu – which I haven’t watched but I imagine that it would also suck you in and keep your attention.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I read this book before I started watching the show, and it is a little difficult to get into at first because there are so many characters and so many places. But the world-building and character creation really is incredible. You learn so much more by reading the book than you do by watching the show (although I love the show too). So if you are into fantasy at all this is definitely one of the best there is.

Needful Things by Stephen King
Needful Things by Stephen King

I’ve always been a little nervous to read Stephen King because I’m really really bad with horror movies. But people love him so I gave him a chance. 1) I find it much easier to read horror/suspense than to watch it. 2) There is no doubt that Stephen King is one of the most entertaining authors I’ve ever read.

I mean Needful Things is a long book – and I read through it pretty darn quickly.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

I read the first couple of pages of In Cold Blood in a class in college once and it quickly became a story I wanted to return to. It’s a non-fictional narrative of the murder of four members of a Kansas family in 1959. It is considered one of the first non-fiction novels and is also considered a pioneer in the genre of true crime.

It’s a chilling story. But a very interesting one.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

I know I’m probably really late with The Alchemist – but better late than never, right? The Alchemist is a unique fable-like adventure story of a young shepherd who travels to Egypt to find treasure. It is a story filled with a lot of great life lessons and ideas and I’ll probably read it multiple more times in my life.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I’m not gonna lie – I listened to this one as an audiobook. It’s read by Trevor Noah himself and I think it adds another layer of personality to the story. This book is Trevor Noah’s autobiography which tells the story of how he was born, and grew up, as a mixed-race child during apartheid (and post-apartheid) in South Africa. He was quite literally – ‘born a crime.’

7 of the best books I've read in my 20's so far - that you should read too!


Have you ever read any of these books? What did you think?

What are some of the best books you’ve read?

What books have stuck with you or inspired you to keep picking up new books to read? 

Let me know below!


-a twenty something

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