Caffeine, nicotine and wifi (not necessarily in the same order!), and a vehement shot at being recognized as an artist, no matter what the job description announces; your 20s are what you make of them! Though what will be, will be, there is one thing that’s in your hand: making the voyage worth your time. With a little help from your hard-bound friends, aka, books, you can be more than relaxed about that. So here’s a list of 10 books you must read in your 20s; a book for each year. Revel in it!
1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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A book that one must devour when 20, not only because of the accuracy in language and colloquialism that Hosseini so beautifully captures, but more because of the allegory and the recurring themes throughout this heart-wrenching novel about friendship and the act of forgiving one’s own self.
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2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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A solitary prince looking for camaraderie and adventure; doesn’t that sum up a 21 year old’s life? Though a simple children’s fiction, The Little Prince reveals a secret that transcends age: the importance of building genuine connections!
P.S.: The illustrations are out of this world!
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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The story of a guy in his sophomore year; a guy who isn’t the biggest geek at school, but is no way a popular bloke either! Isn’t that where most of us stand at 22?! Well, I, definitely, feel that way!
This book revolves around how a socially awkward fellow finds himself caught between striving to live his life and taking a crack at running away from it! What follows, is for you to read. ☺
4. My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
“The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again.”
23, and your post-graduation has just ended. Now what? This question’s gonna haunt the hell out of you unless, like the writer of “My Year with Eleanor”, you embark on a “Year of Fear”. This book revolves around what Hancock makes of her life when she decides to stringently follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s counsel to “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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The most flamboyant year, 24! This hilariously heart-aching book is an immaculate masterpiece that MUST be read in one’s twenties! Full of nifty word play, Lolita is an unforgettable tale of passion, delusion and lust that will make sense to you now, more than ever!
6. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Are you aware of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s suggestion that deracinating people from their roots and transplanting them into new soil, eventually, makes them sturdier and more burgeoning? Well, Lahiri, in this splendid volume of 8 discrete tales, puts Hawthorne’s notion to test. Does the hypothesis prove to be true? Now that’s for you to read when you are 25 and away from home! ☺
7. The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
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At 26, all one truly needs is a course amendment on the pursuit of happiness, in an uneasy and anxiety-stricken planet! Don’t worry, this book will guide you home. ☺
8. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
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27, and misperceptions about the three facets of love, namely, love for others, love for that someone special and, the most essential, self-love. This Maugham chef-d’oeuvre, will muse over these three, in a way that’s pertinent even today.
9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
“The absurdity of working so hard to continue doing something you don’t like can be overwhelming.”
The age when you decide to slow down, but just for a quick second, to look back on the strangest, most ill-starred and even wacky circumstances that have seen you through and have contributed greatly in your making. This book jogs your memory down a simple truth: The oddest moments make for the most hilarious tales!
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10. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
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So your 3rd decade is coming to an end and you are, unquestionably, feeling extremely nostalgic. So, why not have a good laugh at your doomed quest for self-improvement? Bridget will only make the course more fun!
How about telling us which books twisted, curled and helped you (or are helping you) keep afloat in your 20s? The comment section awaits a good word or two. ☺
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