30+ Books To Read Before You Turn 30


By Jillian Stacia

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, here are some recommendations that will help unleash your inner bookworm.

Happy reading!

Memoirs That’ll Make You Cry, Think, And Pee Your Pants Laughing:

  1. Yes Please – Amy Poehler
  2. My Fight/Your Fight – Ronda Rousey
  3. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes
  4. Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” – Lena Dunham

Fiction That’ll Change The Way You Think About History:

  1. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  2. The Signature of All Things– Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  4. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  5. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

Personal Development That Won’t Make You Gag:

  1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – Chery Strayed
  2. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – Gretchen Rubin
  3. You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
  4. Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life – Glennon Doyle Melton
  5. The Gifts Of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brene Brown

Good Old Fashioned Fiction:

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  2. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
  3. Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll
  4. What Alice Forgot– Liane Moriarty
  5. Everything I Never Told You– Celeste Ng

On Writing & Living A Creative Life:

  1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott
  3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
  4. Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer From Within – Natalie Goldberg
  5. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield

Books From High School That You Should Actually Make A Point To Read:

  1. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger
  3. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

And lastly, Harry Potter. All seven of them. (Because no list is complete without Harry Potter).

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