15 Books to Read Before You’re 30

Here are 15 books to read before you turn 30! (Or if you’re in your thirties then before you hit the big 4 oh!) Come join the bookclub for other interesting reads! 

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
A story of fate and fortune, innocence and experience, ambition, glamour, and disaster. A literary tour de force. 

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
A very interesting look at our history, one that every American should read. 

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley
No nonsense short stories giving the reader a fresh non-rose-colored look at relationships. 

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
A book about the journey of self discovery right when we need it. 

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
A coming of age story about a young boy written by one of the most influential writers of our age.

Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage by Alice Munro
Short stories that are just as big and exciting as long adventures. 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
There’s a reason why this book has been a classic for over 100 years. You learn so much not only from Anna but from the other characters as well. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A book that blends present, past, and future together, around a group of young scholars tied together by a horrible secret. 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A shocking and incredibly emotional look at a woman who is slowly going insane. Sounds weird but it is intensely good. 

Overqualified by Joey Comeau
Don’t write your cover letters like these just laugh. 

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
Yeah it’s that Lauren Graham! Finding yourself, finding love, and finding a job. Basically what happens in your 20s and 30s. 

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young
A funny read that attacks our celebrity culture from the inside out. A witty look at life in a big city trying to keep up with the Joneses. 

20 Something, 20 Everything by Christine Hassler
This book is for those who are feeling lost and need reassurance that everybody feels that way. 

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A woman loses her mom and her marriage and goes on a solo trek to find herself. Plus, this is being turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon!

Bossypants by Tina Fey
You’re nobody until somebody calls you bossy. Yeah Tina!

Have you read any of these so far?


  • http://www.theartisticbrunette.com/ Megan Thudium

    These sound great! I’ll check them out.