‘Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.’
–Vera Nazarian If you are a book lover, you must know the feeling you get when you smell a new book. People who read always have some (or many) favorites that inspired them in their life journey. No matter how much we read, we are always in search of some good books to read. When we enter our 20s, life takes a different turn, people start taking you as an adult and you find yourself lost somewhere. Here are a few books you should read in you early 20s that can inspire you and show you some light…
1. ‘Crime And Punishment’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This is a very famous work of Dostoyevsky that gives you a dramatic read. The book’s central character believes in his own theories and just to prove them right, he commits a murder. This book will let you know that sometimes rather than following your wrong belief, you should work on correcting it. The book has amazing inspiring quotes.
2. ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins
You don’t need to be a biology student for reading this. This book has no relation with genetic science, evolution, biology or probability. This book will teach you the meaning of life. I guess that’s what we all need to know in our 20s. The book will make you aware about the way people evolve as per the environment and surrounding.
3. ‘The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable’ by Nassim Taleb
This book is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you manage to read it, you surely will become a changed person. The book focuses on the extreme impact of certain kinds of rare and unpredictable events and humans’ tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events retrospectively. This theory has since become known as the Black Swan Theory. The book also covers subjects relating to knowledge, aesthetics, and ways of life, and uses elements of fiction in making its points. You will find this helpful for sure. Thank me later!
4. ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn
It’s a great book which provides the surety of joy. The book tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne’s difficult marriage, which is floundering for several reasons. It is definitely a good read.
5. ‘The Wrong Mother’ by Sophie Hannah
If you are a mystery lover then this book belongs to you my dear. People generally think that suspense stories are predictable. If you think the same, then you should try this one!
6. Self help and motivational books
At this stage of life, all you need is some motivation to achieve your goals and desires. A good book will prove to be a good help. You should give a try to some really famous and good ones like ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ ( Stephen Covey), ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’, ‘Don’t Say Yes When You Want to Say No’, and ‘Think and Grow Rich’ (Napoleon Hill).
7. Malcolm Gladwell’s books
His non-fiction books are really good for learning. His books are about setting premises, numbers and then concluding not-so-obvious realities/perspectives. Some of his famous books are -‘ The Tipping Point’, ‘Blink’, ‘Outliers’. While I do not agree with some of his conclusions, but his methods offer an expansion of perspectives.
8. ‘Animal Farm’ by George orwell
This novel is allegorical and dystopian. Talk about the events leading upto Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. This book will leave you with many thoughts. Just read it, think about it and then go for Orwell’s other works.
9. Lewis Carroll and Dr Seuss books
‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by the former and ‘Oh, the Places You Will Go’ by the latter. Yes, you should read them and no, they are not goodnight stories. Their hard- hitting lines will leave you with a lot of thoughts and make you aware about some harsh realities.
10. ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde
This presents the human truths in such a beautiful way as to leave you surprised. It will provide you pleasure and by the end, it will give you a sense of liveliness. A really good story and a must read.