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65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

The books that will move you, inspire you, make you cry, make you think, make you laugh. Even if you read them in high school or college, you'll have a different perspective on them now that you're Out In The World. (Trust me.)


1. The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud

2. What She Saw..., by Lucinda Rosenfeld

3. The Deptford Trilogy, by Robertson Davies

4. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

5. Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin

6. A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

8. Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid

9. The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy

10. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

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

12. Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

13. Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney

14. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

15. Call Me by Your Name, by André Aciman

16. The Rachel Papers, by Martin Amis

17. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

19. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

20. A Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunningham

21. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

22. The Group, by Mary McCarthy

23. Quicksand and Passing, by Nella Larsen

24. Pastoralia, by George Saunders

25. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

26. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers

27. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

28. Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis

29. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman

30. Generation X, by Douglas Coupland

31. The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem

32. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

33. I Love Dick, by Chris Kraus

34. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

35. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins

36. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami


37. Bossypants, by Tina Fey

38. Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain

39. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, by Toby Young

40. The Dirt, by Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss

41. Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis

42. Just Kids, by Patti Smith

43. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, by Nick Flynn

44. Oh the Glory of it All, by Sean Wilsey

45. I Don't Care About Your Band, by Julie Klausner

46. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

47. Lit, by Mary Karr

48. I'm with the Band, by Pamela Des Barres

49. Dear Diary, by Lesley Arfin


50. The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton, by Anne Sexton

51. Actual Air, by David Berman