9 books to read in your 20’s

The Growing Up Guide books read library

Your twenties are some of the best years of your life; you’re forming yourself as a person, and learning about the world. This can also be matched by books that you can read in your 20s:


Shadow of the wind

If you need a book to re-ignite your love of reading, this is the book for you.

Daniel is a small boy when he finds a book in the Cemetery Of Forgotten Books; subsequently, a quest and a mystery unravels, to find the story at the heart of Barcelona. Coupled with some hard lessons learnt along the way, episodes of hilarity, and some shock-factor moments, this is a book you need to read.

Diary of a young girl

One of the most infamous books ever published, this is a book that should have a place on everyone’s book shelf.

Anne was thirteen when she was forced into hiding, simply because she was Jewish; she took her diary with her. Yet in spite of the danger, the horror, anti semitism, and war being raged, she still managed to find the good in people.


Dreaming In French

Dreaming In French is an interesting book based around the theoretical discussion of how three American women, fascinated by France, impacted their home. These women, beautifully diverse, are allowed to dream in French-learning how a new language, and imputing themselves with culture, can transform their lives.

The Vanity Fair Diaries

Tina Brown, a brilliant journalist, has edited/launched/revived a lot of incredible publications: Tatler ; Vanity Fair; The New Yorker and The Daily Beast, to name a few.

During her tenure at turning round Vanity Fair, she kept a diary, edited for publication. This book may not necessarily offer up lessons in how to be a journalist, but it stands as a window in time long lost. It’s the brash eighties, with Reagan, lots of money being made, and even Donald Trump appears in the book.


The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath was known as the confessional poet, who wrote poems such as Daddy and Lady Lazurus. The Bell Jar is a semi-fictionalised account of her one month internship at Mademoiselle magazine, New York.

However, the book also takes a dark turn; it seems that this month exacerbated her depression, leading her to later attempting suicide.

The Bell Jar is a classic book, giving a portal into the mind of someone with Depression.

How To Be A Woman

Caitlin Moran wrote this monster of a book a few years ago, yet it remains as relevant as ever.

How To Be A Woman is a book based around feminism, but also explores what it means to be a woman in today’s modern society. Well worth the read.


House Rules

Jodi Picoult is known for books like My Sister’s Keeper; this book is similar, in that it pulls no punches.

Jacob has Aspergers syndrome (like me); one of the hallmarks of this is the lack of eye contact. But this is taken as a sign of guilt when his tutor (in order for Jacob to learn social skills) is found dead.

But what would you do, if the world you are forced to live in, which is noisy and invasive to boot, thought that you were guilty of murder?


Untold is the product of the podcast of the same name. Again, it takes the form of co-authorship, in order to give an emotive yet balanced narrative.

Daniel Morgan, a private investigator, was found axed to death in 1987. Yet, no one has ever been bought to justice for his murder. And, as the book unfolds, there are startling revelations of corruption-within the police, and in collaboration with journalists. (Part of which would lead to the closure of The News Of The World.) With a true life story like this, now is the time to be angry.


How To Stop Time

Want good fiction? Matt Haig has you covered.

Tom is a history teacher, yet he carries a secret; he has been alive for centuries.

Meanwhile, he is on a sort of quest, meaning that more often than not, his multiple timelines clash: the present in a history class; in Paris, partying with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald; running from the plague; performing for Shakespeare.



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