By DAVID PUJOL
Literature is an escape from our world to another; we use it to learn, grow and reflect. Your twenties are your formative years, so here are the top ten books that might help you reflect and discover yourself in these life-shaping years. In the words of author Marina Keegan, “what we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.” Fair warning: the write-ups are as spoiler-free as they can be!
1. “The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories”
by Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan was killed in a car crash at the age of 22. Her work has outlived her. Keegan’s essays and stories were collected and published as “The Opposite of Loneliness.” Upon finishing this book the reader will find it quite difficult to not take some of Keegan’s words of wisdom with them. This book deals with a variety of topics all relevant to our generation and it’ll provide guidance, introspection and joy.
2. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”
by Cheryl Strayed
This is the story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman who attempts to rediscover herself by hiking the 1,000-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed’s lack of hiking knowledge is overshadowed by her pure will to complete the trek. She composes a beautifully written story about loss, pain and giving up. Told in a way that puts you are right there next to her and her struggle to finish the trail.
3. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Theodor Seuss Geisel
OK yes, it’s a Dr. Seuss book. The intended audience for this book is ofcourse children, but a few of us feel like a child from time to time. The book will provide some much needed wisdom in a whimsical way. It lets you know whether or not everything is going to be okay. It shows you that even if you don’t know where you’re going quite yet you’ll figure it out!
4. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
This book is some intimate real talk. The audience definitely will receive some much-needed advice. This book is funny, honest, kind and thought provoking. Riddled with essays, anecdotes and advice, it would be nearly impossible for the reader to not get something out of “Yes Please.”
5. “I’ll Give You The Sun” by Jandy Nelson
This story is told from two different perspectives and time frames. Jude and Noah are the narrators during the duration of the book. Noah tells the story from the past perspective of their life, while Jude tells it from the present. If Nelson’s intention was to write a story of a realistic and compelling family dynamic that will overload the reader’s heart with countless emotions, he succeeded.
6. “All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully” by Carrie Hope Fletcher
This book consistently reassures the reader that they’re not alone and that there are other people who have gone through the same problems. Fletcher is successful in creating a great relationship with the reader. It feels as if you are receiving advice from a lifelong friend. This read will make you laugh, cry and feel at peace.
7. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
“Ready Player One” just oozes nostalgic feeling that’ll bring back memories of your childhood. Cline had no problem capturing a large variety of characters and making them feel realistic. This book is littered with ‘80s nostalgia references. Cline explains these references so well that his audience could know nothing about the era or videogames, and still enjoy this book.
8. “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
“Fangirl” is about two sisters who leave home to attend university. Rowell writes feelings and situations that resonate with the reader long after finishing the last page. Rowell created characters that are easily relatable. This book will bring up a variety of emotions and lend some new insight on the world and the people in it.
9. “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened” by Allie Brosh
This book is a humoristic memoir and self-help book. Brosh gathered multiple pictures and stories that present humor and thoughtful ideas that sneak up on the reader. Brosh illustrates that sometimes life wont go as planned, and there is nothing wrong with that because we’re only human.
10. “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of Them Now”
by Meg Jay
Written by a psychiatrist, this book is more of an instructional guide. This is a read for anyone who is in their twenties and trying to figure out what it is that they want in life. An array of subjects from career advice to love and everything in between are covered. With a seasoned perspective of twenty-somethings in mind.