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20 Books That Make You A Better Twentysomething

Every day I read so I can succeed.

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1. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Why it's bettering: Learn the importance of not getting too caught up with material things.
McClelland and Stewart

Why it's bettering: Learn the importance of not getting too caught up with material things.

2. The Defining Decade, by Meg Jay

Why it's bettering: Figure out how to make your twenties matter and go after what you want. Watch her TED talk here.
Grand Central Publishing

Why it's bettering: Figure out how to make your twenties matter and go after what you want. Watch her TED talk here.

3. Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl

Why it's bettering: Reading about Viktor Frankl's life as a Holocaust survivor will help you figure out what matters in life.
Beacon Press

Why it's bettering: Reading about Viktor Frankl's life as a Holocaust survivor will help you figure out what matters in life.

4. Every book Malcolm Galdwell wrote ever.

Why it's bettering: Read these if you want to reconsider how every day things like success, business, and coolness work.
Little, Brown and Company

Why it's bettering: Read these if you want to reconsider how every day things like success, business, and coolness work.

5. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra

Why it's bettering: Seven simple tips to being a better person (Chopra wants you to chill out and accept the present as a gift).
New World Library / Amber-Allen Publishing

Why it's bettering: Seven simple tips to being a better person (Chopra wants you to chill out and accept the present as a gift).

6. The Joy of Sex, by Alex Comfort

Why it's bettering: It's like a detailed cookbook of sex.
Crown Publishing Group

Why it's bettering: It's like a detailed cookbook of sex.

7. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Random House
Random House

Why it's bettering: Learn how you can hack your life and make habits that work.

8. Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward

Why it's bettering: Men We Reaped makes you appreciate all the things you take for granted.
Bloomsbury

Why it's bettering: Men We Reaped makes you appreciate all the things you take for granted.

9. Franklin and Winston, by Jon Meacham

Why it's bettering: Learn more about the decisions that shaped how the world operates today.
Random House

Why it's bettering: Learn more about the decisions that shaped how the world operates today.

10. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, by Andy Warhol

Why it's bettering: Get a glimpse into one of the most creative minds of the last 50 years.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Why it's bettering: Get a glimpse into one of the most creative minds of the last 50 years.

11. I Am Your Sister, by Audre Lorde

Why it's bettering: Audre Lorde will encourage you to speak up for yourself.
Oxford University Press

Why it's bettering: Audre Lorde will encourage you to speak up for yourself.

12. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

Why it's bettering: Oscar Wao's life shows how you can make the most of being an outsider.
Penguin Books

Why it's bettering: Oscar Wao's life shows how you can make the most of being an outsider.

13. The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath

Why it's bettering: This is a nod to not neglecting your mental well-being.
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Why it's bettering: This is a nod to not neglecting your mental well-being.

14. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Top Shelf
Top Shelf

Why it's bettering: Get some tips about living life responsibly as a young adult (it is also very visually pleasing).

15. The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

Why it's bettering: Get a fuller picture of how racism played a role in shaping America.
Dial Press

Why it's bettering: Get a fuller picture of how racism played a role in shaping America.

16. Discipline and Punish, by Michel Foucault

Why it's bettering: See how the prison system affects the way you live your life.
Gallimard

Why it's bettering: See how the prison system affects the way you live your life.

17. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon

Why it's bettering: Show how following your passions leads to happiness.
Random House Publishing

Why it's bettering: Show how following your passions leads to happiness.

18. Gender Trouble, by Judith Butler

Why it's bettering: Get a better understanding of how you could express your gender.
Routledge

Why it's bettering: Get a better understanding of how you could express your gender.

19. The Queer Art of Failure, by Judith Halberstam

Why it's bettering: Figure out what kind of success you want out of life.
Duke University Press

Why it's bettering: Figure out what kind of success you want out of life.

20. How I Got to Be Perfect, by Jean Kerr

Why it's bettering: See how things are easier if you find a way to laugh at them.
Fawcett

Why it's bettering: See how things are easier if you find a way to laugh at them.

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