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Best Books to Read in your 20s

Your 20s are a transformative decade where you start figuring out who you are, what you want to do, and…

Your 20s are a transformative decade where you start figuring out who you are, what you want to do, and where you want to go. Reading books is a great way to gain knowledge, expand your horizons, and challenge your perspectives.

Here are 10 books to read in your 20s that will help you navigate this exciting but sometimes confusing time.

  1. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. This book explores the importance of developing good habits and breaking bad ones. Clear’s teachings – make small, consistent changes, track your progress, and focus on the process – provide a roadmap for personal growth and achievement.
  2. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. This classic self-help book teaches readers how to develop the habits and mindset necessary for success. Covey’s seven habits—be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw—provide a framework for personal and professional growth.
  3. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. This motivational classic has helped millions of people achieve success in their personal and professional lives. Hill’s principles of success – desire, faith, autosuggestion, specialised knowledge, imagination, organised planning, decision, persistence, and power of the mastermind – provide a roadmap for achieving your dreams.
  4. “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck. This book is a classic in the self-help genre and explores the importance of personal growth and self-awareness. It’s a great read for anyone looking to improve their relationships, develop their character, and find meaning in life.
  5. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The Great Gatsby” is a timeless classic that explores the excesses of the Jazz Age and the disillusionment that followed. It’s a cautionary tale about the dangers of chasing the American Dream and the fragility of human relationships.
  6. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This allegorical novel follows a young shepherd boy’s journey to discover his personal legend. It’s a story about the importance of following your dreams and the power of the universe to guide you towards your destiny.
  7. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. This irreverent self-help book teaches readers how to prioritize what’s truly important in their lives and let go of the rest. Manson’s teachings – focus on what you can control, embrace failure, and accept responsibility – provide a refreshing and practical approach to personal growth.
  8. You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. This witty and inspiring self-help book encourages readers to embrace their true potential and go after what they want in life. Sincero’s teachings – love yourself, let go of your limiting beliefs, and take action – provide a roadmap for personal growth and success.
  9. “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book is a short and powerful guide to personal transformation based on ancient Toltec wisdom. The four agreements – be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best – provide a framework for living a fulfilling life.
  10. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of vanity, hedonism, and the pursuit of beauty. It’s a thought-provoking read that explores the complexities of human nature and the consequences of our actions.

Reading is an activity that has several advantages for people. It is not only a fun hobby, but it may also improve one’s knowledge, inventiveness, and communication skills. Therefore, make reading a habit and see what advantages it brings to your life.

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