10 Best Books for People in Their 20s

Are you looking for a graduation gift for your niece/nephew? There’s nothing better that rich and motivating literature. So, here’s a list of 10 best books for people in their 20s.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

The anonymous columnist at The Rumpus, Dear Sugar has now been revealed as Cheryl Strayed. This book tells you to accept that life is hard and there will be struggles throughout your journey. However, you must strive to follow your passion. The book is rich in compassion and humor.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

In this book, Woolf has given birth to an imaginary sister of Shakespeare with equal skill and talent as him. Unfortunately, she never expresses her thoughts and dies, in contrast to her immortal brother. The author lays emphasis on the fact that a woman needs a fixed salary and a room of her own to gain the freedom to express herself.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This is one of the most popular contemporary classics. Under the charm of their enigmatic professor, a group of intelligent students discovers new ideologies that might not fit in with the elite England. The students’ lives change profoundly and they go beyond the limits of human morality.

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Call Me by Your Name is the tale of intense romance that blooms between a teenage boy and his father’s guest. It explores the obsession, desire and conflicts of an adolescent boy who tries to discover his sexuality.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This work of fiction needs no introduction. This is a tale of the struggles of a neglected orphan who finds out that he is actually a very special wizard. The novel beautifully highlights the pain of his lost family, importance of love and the victory of good over evil. In fact, if you are gifting Harry Potter, gift the entire set of books!

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This is a story about the student Albom, who meets his dying professor, Schwartz, on every Tuesday to discuss his life’s experiences and struggles. The professor shares interesting life lessons that keep the reader engaged throughout the journey.

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

Another impactful and provocative book that will leave your heart both sad and happy is Into the Wild. The protagonist, Christopher, decides to abandon society and walk into the wilderness to seek life’s wisdom. His experiences are both thrilling and inspiring.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This is a great book about the eight-oar crew and their quest to win the Olympic Gold. The book is full of life experiences and wisdom, and will surely inspire you to follow your dream, irrespective of how difficult it may seem.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

In this Pulitzer-winning book, Morrison has written about her experiences post-slavery. This book has been widely taught in high school. This will truly help you gain an insight into your past, present and future.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Another breath-taking work of art, One Hundred Years of Solitude beautifully blends the natural with the supernatural. This is an interesting and daring work of political reality and fantasy.

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Mani Karthik

As an NRI (Non-Resident Indian), I've lived in the USA, India & Middle East for over a decade, in over 6 cities like Mountain View, Dubai, San Jose, Fort Lauderdale, Kochi, and Chennai. I've worked for small and big companies and recently started my own startup. On this blog, I share everything I've learned in life, living abroad as an NRI with my roots in India. Everything from personal finance to immigration. I'm on a mission to help all NRIs return to India. WhatsApp me at +001-408-489-4785 if you have questions.

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