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35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what book every twentysomething should read. Here are their recommendations.

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1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Vintage Books

A story of loss, disillusionment, and, ultimately, healing while on a 1,000-mile solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Submitted by Bergin Smith, Facebook

2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Dey Street Books

Trials, triumphs, and a taste of Poehler's brilliant comedy. It's an honest look at the comedy queen's rise to the top.

Submitted by Molly Bruh, Facebook

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Penguin Books

A 1950s classic, this novel is the embodiment of the terrifying energy young people feel after launching into the world on their own.

Submitted by Malena Dinwoodie, Facebook

4. My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

Ecco

When life as she knew it ended, the author embarked on a "Year of Fear," deciding to take Eleanor Roosevelt's advice to "Do one thing every day that scares you."

Submitted by Brie Lowrey, Facebook

5. The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia by David Stuart MacLean

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A memoir of a man's struggle to rebuild his life after suffering from amnesia while also dealing with the depression that comes along with it.

Submitted by Claire Koleske, Facebook

6. Beloved by Toni Morrison

Vintage

Haunting, gripping, beautiful, this novel is the story of the lingering effects of slavery and how characters, once freed, come to terms with their past, their present, and their future.

Submitted by Deborah Czarnecki, Facebook

7. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Scribner

Shortly after graduating from college in 2012, Marina Keegan died tragically in a car accident, leaving behind a trove of beautiful short stories. The title essay is a look at the unique experience of college and, given the circumstances, a poignant reminder of the preciousness of life itself.

Submitted by Julianna Haubner, Facebook

8. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Broadway Books

Listening to elders give advice isn't always easy. Tuesdays with Morrie turns the trope on its head, as an old college professor offers profound advice on life's greatest lessons — and even the meaning of life itself.

Submitted by Megan Jordan, Facebook

9. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Anchor

Set in a dystopian, totalitarian state, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of one woman's struggle for self-determination against all odds and at the risk of losing the very life she seeks to define.

Submitted by dnolley14

10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

HarperOne

A timeless novel about pursuing your dreams and listening to the still, small voice within you along the way.

Submitted by Candice Darden, Facebook

11. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Vintage
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The Secret History ponders what happens when boundaries give way and life as one knows it changes forever.

Submitted by kristyw3

12. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Grand Central Publishing
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Learning that it's OK to ask for help is one of life's hardest, yet most important lessons. Your twenties are a difficult time. Better to learn that lesson now.

Submitted by sydneys11

13. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Marriage Plot wonders what happens when books — with their idealized depictions of love — and college — strange utopias that they are — come to an end.

Submitted by marcelac4ad45c69c

14. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Everyman's Library

In a world teeming with distractions and notifications, Thoreau's decision "to live deliberately" may be more important now than ever before.

Submitted by Brianna Sunflower, Facebook

15. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Random House

The author's sometimes frighteningly honest stories offer an insightful take on the world we live in now. By a twentysomething, for twentysomethings.

Submitted by savannahdub

16. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Everyman's Library
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The fantasy series asks what it would be like if our souls manifested themselves in physical form for all to see.

Submitted by maineelaine

17. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Vintage

A reminder to appreciate your family, to travel, and to seize opportunities — because you never know how quickly your life can change.

Submitted by Mary Iannone, Facebook

18. The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Penguin Press HC

A much-needed course correction on finding happiness in an anxiety-ridden world.

Submitted by EmRoseLA

19. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

William Morrow
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A brilliant novel that explores the idea of going on a journey and discovering who you truly are. Like Strayed's Wild, it's a reminder of the connectedness of travel and self-discovery.

Submitted by tashamelina

20. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Twelve

Your twenties matter. A lot. The Defining Decade is an accessible, scientific look at how to make the most of them and set yourself up for the life you actually want.

Submitted by amandaat

21. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Broadway Books

What happens in the future when the world becomes so dark that people exclusively seek out an online utopia? Even more, what happens when users are pulled back into the ugly world they've been avoiding?

Submitted by Stacey Grant

22. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Vintage Random House

Maugham's masterpiece ponders three elements of love — love for oneself, love for someone else, and the love of others — in a way that's still relevant today.

Submitted by samanthaadamsmiller

23. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Vintage

A deeply moving story of love, heartbreak, and alienation, and a classic in LGBT literature.

Submitted by Jordan Riley Johnson, Facebook

24. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Touchstone Books

A look back on the strange, unfortunate, even wacky circumstances of young adulthood. A reminder of the importance of perspective — that, if nothing else, you'll have some great stories down the road.

Submitted by Zev Palatnik, Facebook

25. Exit Here by Jason Myers

Simon Pulse

Exit Here is not a happily-ever-after story, but it is an honest look at what happens when you realize your life isn't exactly everything you've always dreamed it would be.

Submitted by Bailey Butts, Facebook

26. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Scribner
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A story of one woman's perseverance against setbacks of all kinds. A story that makes "you think it just might be possible to get a handle on this old world after all."

Submitted by Leo Francis Valdez, Facebook

27. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A single day in the life of a single man, yet a beautifully complex story of loss, grief, and the joy that persists even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Submitted by elizabethmelissafloyd

28. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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The insanity of your twenties can distort your perception of time. One Hundred Years of Solitude is a deeply profound look at the nature of time, history, solitude, and an ever-present past.

Submitted by Deborah Czarnecki, Facebook

29. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Anchor

Your twenties are a tumultuous time. Here's a guidebook on taking things step by step — and making your dreams come true.

Submitted by Joshua Anahonak, Facebook

30. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Penguin Classics

A contemplation on an inescapable, cyclical past and a future that's new, different, and uniquely one's own.

Submitted by Karen Canfield Maskens, Facebook

31. Native Son by Richard Wright

Harper & Brothers

Social psychology meets racism in America. A plea to consider the effects of society on the disenfranchised and oppressed.

Submitted by Kayla Yandoli

32. Demian by Hermann Hesse

Bantam Books
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A fight for self-awareness in a darkly superficial world, Demian has only become more relevant with time.

Submitted by retrogade

33. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

Penguin Books

Who among us hasn't wondered if it's our actual destiny to be alone? Giordano's novel contemplates this solitude, as well as its opposite and the dance between the two.

Submitted by Stephanie Allison, Facebook

34. The Fall by Albert Camus

Vintage

A look at the nature of truth and an exploration of what it means to be "good." The Fall brings to life the soul-crushing idealism that twentysomething post-grads face — and the sense of loss that comes with it.

Submitted by VeryRare

35. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Three Rivers Press

Advice, but not the unsolicited kind a parent would give you — more like the entertaining kind you actually want about things you actually care about.

Submitted by Tatiana Hernandez, Facebook

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