As 20-somethings, we’re all trying to find ourselves in one way or another. Sometimes we feel lost and don’t feel like our friends or family can really understand where we are coming from with our own struggles.
They could be anywhere from love, sex, death, and learning to be ok with being alone.
These 10 books are for anyone who feels alone and needs some reassurance that someone else has also been there, been able to get through it, and write a book about it!
Books every 20-something woman should read:
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1. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
Dr. Meg Jay takes a dive into what it really means to be a 20-something in the modern day. She suggests that those in their 20s are being told a plethora of misinformation with how they should be living their lives, where they should be, and what to even think. We’re not as lost as we thought we were!
2. The Doctor Is In by Ruth Westheimer
Known as America’s favorite sex doctor, Dr. Ruth shares her life through personal stories of funny and intimate misadventures. Reading about her experiences will make us understand we truly don’t have to go through the weird things alone.
3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
The woman behind the strong-willed and hilarious Leslie Knope made a book for all of us who don’t have a thing together! Amy Poehler writes about her funny yet inspirational tales of love, laughter, and loss with advice to keep on carrying on and laugh at our tragedies.
4. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
Have you ever felt like the life you are living was someone else’s dream? What did you do to make it your own? In Miriam Parker’s first novel, she explores the impending successful life of Hannah who takes an unthinkable leap of faith to make her life her own.
5. Becoming by Michelle Obama
One of the most iconic and inspirational women in American history, former First Lady Michelle Obama opens up about her success story. From creating a more inclusive and welcoming White House to be an advocate for creating healthy lifestyles for children, she reflects on her life in her memoir as she remembers times of not knowing what her life would soon have in store.
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6. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Sweetness is there, but only if you’re willing to look. That is the theme of Rupi Kaur’s book of poetry. It guides us through the troubling thoughts of heartbreak and wondering if love even exists at all. Then we’re shown that through every storm, it will always run out of rain.
7. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Have you ever wanted to get into the mind of one of the hilarious writers of The Office? Mindy Kaling gives us exactly that by explaining what makes a good boyfriend or how she thinks you should be around coworkers. Spoiler alert: she’s real and hilariously blunt about it all.
8. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Being the producer of some of the most infamous TV shows to ever air, Shonda is telling us the secret to her successful and happy life – saying YES! For one entire year, she decided to say yes to anything and everything that scared her. The results shocked her and made her world better than she could have ever imagined.
9. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This classic is perfect for any 20-something trying to find themselves and wanting more out of life. Follow the tale of Elizabeth as she left everything she thought she could ever want behind to go across the globe to find herself and find what truly matters in this life.
10. Gratitude by Laura Steenrod
For the dog lover in all of us, this one is for you. A memoir on what loving and losing a dog is like, we are taken through the emotional roller coaster that is having a pet. She shows that we have so much to learn from our animals for they are all their own survival experts themselves.