More Books to Read in Your Twenties
Back in 2018 I did a post on books to read in your twenties, and I thought I would update that list in 2020.
Not only that, using List Challenges I have created a list of 100 books I think women should read in their twenties, if they haven’t already done so in their teenage years. How many have you read?
Expectation by Anna Hope
A literary novel exploring the lives of three women who once lived in a gorgeous house-share off London Fields. Now each of them is struggling in their own bubble of life, with husbands that don’t seem to care anymore or a struggle with infertility, or simply an overbearing – more successful – mother. It’s a beautiful novel of friendship and expectations you hold when your younger.
The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver
I loved this non-fiction book on friendship when I read it two years ago. Kate Leaver gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to lasting and fleeting relationships between friends. From friendship break-ups to friendships you create whilst on holiday. This is a lovely book breaking down the complicated nature of a rarely tapped into relationship: friendship.
Almost Adults by Ali Pantony
I did a full review of this book – a miracle, I know – last year. It’s a sweet, easy to read story of life in your twenties. Following four friends in a small town, this book feels like a true representation of twenty-something-year-old friends trying to get by.
Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth
If you’re after a cutting-edge witty book about living in your twenties then you can’t beat Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth. This book is cutting, deep and utterly hilarious. Need I say more.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
A look at a London woman’s life as she struggles with her mental health, in her strictly traditional Caribbean family. Mental health is a difficult topic for many people of colour who’s traditional family values and upbringing forces the issue to remain private and unspoken about, rather than dealt with. This book really gets going at the 50% mark and is a brilliantly dark and funny depiction of life for a woman of colour in the city.
How to Fail by Elizabeth Day
This is a harrowing read, not least because of a truly heartbreaking chapter on the author’s own miscarriage. When miscarriages are discussed in fiction or film they are usually blown over as something that has happened rather than something happening. Elizabeth Day goes into in-depth details about her miscarriage, and failure to carry a child to term. There are many other ‘failures’ she discusses throughout the book – all of which are not negative but brought out in a positive and uplifting light.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
I know, I talk about this book relentlessly. But there is something like wine about it to me, it’s slightly addictive and I don’t know why. A coming-of-age story set in the stomach of New York City.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
Another harrowing and addictive read I mention a lot. This book about a woman who practically hibernates for a year due to her own privilege and debilitating mental health is a truly fascinating portrayal of a way of life. With deep undertones and a narrative that will talk to the soul of any woman in their twenties, I highly recommend it.
Circe by Madeline Miller
if you’re more into fantasy then I suggest reading Circeby Madeline Miller. Circe was the runt of her family of Gods and Goddess’ yet she is the Queen of her own tale which Madeline Miller weaves wonderfully. With brilliant characters, fantastic stories and a lovely narrative this is a fun and educational read for anyone who ever enjoyed learning about the Greek Myths at school.
Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whately
Finally a book about money. If you’re in your twenties it’s highly likely that you don’t have any money, therefore this book may seem redundant to you. When, in fact, it is possibly the one book that make all of your money woes make sense and a lot more manageable.
Don’t forget to complete the list via List Challenges to see how many of the other books you have read.