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6 Books Everyone Should Read in Their 20s

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It's a new decade! You're probably reading this article because you want to know what books everyone should read in their 20s. Well, the list is below!

Whether you're at the beginning of your career or nearing retirement, these six books can help broaden your horizons and shape how you think about yourself and others.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"The Alchemist" will make you feel like a child again. You'll be amazed at how this book will make you remember who you are and where life is taking you next. The protagonist goes through many adventures in search of his Personal Legend.

You'll be amazed at how the author shows us an incredible connection between nature, dreams, and life - all of which are important for our Personal Legends to become a reality. So what is your Personal Legend? Are you close to finding it like Santiago? This book will help you feel that way and will make you believe that anything is possible.

I think that "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is a fantastic book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration in their life. It will help you find your Personal Legend, which can be exciting because every person has one. Even if you don't see anything in the book that will help you with your Personal Legend, it's still an interesting read, and I think everyone should at least give it a shot.


The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

In this book, Ferris discusses how to get the most out of your work in a short period while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is done by outsourcing specific tasks that you may not want or be able to do yourself. He believes that you should be able to make enough money in your spare time to focus on the things that interest and motivate you.

While I disagree with outsourcing everything, it is an exciting idea for people limited by their location or other circumstances (for example, if they want to travel). Unfortunately, the book was written a few years ago, so he does not discuss the technological ways to do things that are now available. In general, though, it is a good read and can help you streamline your time management for work and other areas in life.

I recommend this book if you are interested in saving money or want to become more efficient with your time.


A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

One of the most controversial memoirs ever published, A Million Little Pieces follows James Frey's journey to sobriety after severe alcohol and drug addiction. The book was initially passed off as an autobiography by his publisher but later revealed that it was not entirely true, which sparked outrage from readers who felt cheated out of their money. Despite this, Frey stands by his work and defends it as a story meant to inspire others.

A Million Little Pieces follows James from the very first moment he decides to quit drugs until his final days in rehab, where he has been sent after being arrested for criminal mischief. He experiences severe withdrawal symptoms that almost kill himself but ultimately succeeds through sheer determination and grit. The memoir is filled with gritty details about drug addiction and the people Frey interacts with along his journey, including prostitutes, criminals, and even a few celebrities.

A Million Little Pieces was written in just three weeks by James Frey when he decided to quit drugs once again after being clean for two months. He initially wrote it as a piece of fiction but later decided to turn it into an autobiography. Frey claims that the book is 95% true and stands by his story despite some readers feeling cheated about its truthfulness; he says the purpose was to inspire others and himself, which it did successfully in both regards.

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is a bestseller for a good reason. It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who gets drafted in WWII and becomes part of the Army Air Corps. Unfortunately, his plane crashes over the sea, where he spends 47 days adrift on a raft with two other men before being captured by Japanese soldiers and sent to a POW camp.

He spends the next two years at this camp, enduring harsh treatment by his captors and struggling to survive amidst cannibalism and intense torture. Hillenbrand tells of Louis' fortitude during these trials with insight into his character and almost novelistic attention to detail that makes the story come alive in the reader's mind.

Unbroken is a fast-paced book that will keep you turning those pages as Louis Zamperini struggles to survive one harrowing ordeal after another. All the while, he hopes for some kind of redemption from his captors and wonders if he'll ever see home again. Unbroken tells an amazing story of survival against impossible odds that will inspire you to keep going through life's darkest hours, no matter what challenges are thrown your way.


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was initially published in 2008, but the lessons are just as relevant today. The book takes an interesting look at what makes people successful or not so much. For example, it looks into why some men and women become billionaires while others do not even close to having that kind of success appear to be standing on equal footing when they begin.

The author breaks down different types of people and situations that have led to success or failure in various ways. For example, Gladwell looks into what makes certain self-made billionaires who they are, how some cultures produce more successful students than others, why Asians tend to be better at math than Americans, etc. The stories he shares are exciting, and the lessons to be learned from them are valuable, especially for those trying to be successful.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a book that everyone should read at some point in their lives, especially those individuals who want to make it big. The lessons shared within the pages of this text can help anyone increase their chances for success significantly if they put them into practice. There is no one type of person or type of situation that makes a successful individual. There are so many different factors involved in the equation, but reading this book will give you an inside look at how those who have become truly rich and famous did it and some of the early experiences they had on their journey to success.

The author provides plenty of examples from his own life and the lives of others to show how success is not always about hard work. Whether you are looking into what makes some adults get ahead more than others or why certain students seem to excel at math while other struggle mightily, this book has an answer for everything that will help anyone interested in learning more be better prepared for whatever challenges they may face along the way.


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild is a book written by Jon Krakauer about Chris McCandless. The story begins with an introduction of Christopher Johnson McCandless, who was born on February 12, 1968, in El Segundo, California, to Walt and Billie McCandless. This leads up until his death which occurred after he had been living alone in the Alaskan wilderness for 113 days. The book mainly focuses on why McCandless decided to live alone and how he got into the way he did.

I picked this book up because I had heard it was a great story about what you will do when you are genuinely free, but I also wanted to see any parallels between McCandless and me. I think that there are some parallels between us, but also many differences as well.

I first learned of the story after watching the movie by the same name. The book is very different than the film, so it was nice to read what happened in detail, along with all of Krakauer's thoughts on every little detail.

I also enjoyed the book because I was able to see how someone might be driven to live in such a remote place, but at the same time, it made me think of all that I had done trying to find my way. This is something that everyone tries on some level or another.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that are about survival or any extreme sports enthusiast because there is a lot of information in the story on how McCandless was able to survive for so long out in the wild and what it takes to do something like that on your own.

Let's wrap it up

It can be easy to get lost in the rat race of life and neglect our personal growth. That's why this article is dedicated to providing you with six books that will help guide your 20s so you don't miss out on an opportunity for self-discovery.

So read these six books if you want a better understanding of who you are today and where you're headed tomorrow!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Daniel Edulan Melana

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