Books All 20 Somethings Should Read

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Your 20’s are confusing, exciting, overwhelming, stressful, adventurous, glorious, … interesting. There’s a lot of soul searching going on but also it is a time to really take risks and make memories.

Here is a list of books that each have something valuable and different to offer you as a 20-something year old.

Yes Please – Amy Poehler

You may know her from Parks and Recreation, SNL, Mean Girls (the mom) or a handful of other movies with her bestie Tina Fey, but this woman is brilliant beyond her comedic genius. This book (get it here!) had me laughing OUT LOUD nearly every page. It was so entertaining, but beyond that, it was incredibly real and inspiring. It really gives you that dose of ‘GIRL POWER!’ and reminds you not to take life too seriously.

No one looks stupid when they’re having fun.

Amy Poehler

Bossy Pants – Tina Fey

Tina Fey is in so many funny movies but she is so relatable as a woman. Tina Fey’s Bossypants book is riddled with hilarious anecdotes and thought-provoking advice. It has a bit of dialogue with Amy Poehler’s book (above) which I loved! This book reminded me that life is unexpected and we are all on our own timelines. And it also reminded me that “bitches get stuff done” (Tina Fey).

If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?

Tina Fey

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

This book is about adventure and daring and healing. It’s a great reminder that nobody is perfect and people are made up of a lot more than what you see on the surface.

It may also inspire you to do some backpacking! Get it here: Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found.

I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it. That I could bear the unbearable.

Cheryl Strayed

Girl Walks Into a Bar – Rachel Dratch

Rachel Dratch is hilarious on SNL, but her real-life stories are even funnier. She will soon become your soul sister in the world of awkward and embarrassing stories.

Buy the book: Girl Walks Into a Bar

You’d be surprised how often we see this injury in New York,'” he told me. The deli-flowers-rubber-band-eye-snap thing. Beware.

Rachel Dratch

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

Okay, so we all know she’s on The Office (if you didn’t know that..GO WATCH THE OFFICE. It’s hilarious), but did you know she helped write for The Office? The title of the book is just hints at Kaling’s sort of humour; the book even features of chapter of other names she considered for the book. She keeps it real with honest talk about her struggles with her weight, dieting and dating. This woman is so funny and her story of ‘making it’ and having success in the crazy business of TV shows, etc. is incredibly interesting and entertaining.

Buy her book here: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And other concerns)

But it’s not that that I think I’m so great. I just don’t hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and say crazy stuff I regret, but I don’t let everything traumatise me.

Mindy Kaling

Girl, Wash your Face

Pretty much every line in this book is super quote-able. Hollis inspires you to *~*DrEaM BiGgEr*~* but in a way that takes away the cheesey-ness and really motivates you to make a goal and go after it, G-DAMNIT! This woman does not take no for an answer, and after reading her book, neither will you!

Buy her book here: Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, get ahold of your life … Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next. Get up, right now. Rise up from where you’ve been and scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday and start again…Girl, wash your face!

Rachel Hollis

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