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10 Books Every 20-Something Should Read

Living on your own? Starting your first job? Now what?


Navigating your 20s is no easy feat. Between launching a career, nurturing your personal life, and exploring the places you've always dreamed of, daily life can seem equal parts thrilling and discouraging. Fear not—there are tons of wise words to guide you through. Check out our go-to list below.


1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO and newest female billionaire Sheryl Sandberg studies what holds women back from reaching the top office and puts forward some compelling solutions for women to succeed at work.

2. Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

Saying the right thing, at the right time, to the right person...how hard can it be? We don't want to bum you out, but it's pretty tough—especially when you're navigating your first job. Media guru and Emmy Award-winning correspondent Bill McGowan gives you the knowledge you need to effectively get your message across and avoid falling into communication traps. It's no wonder why McGowan coaches people from Eli Manning to Kelly Clarkson.

3. Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The story of a little boy from a small lonely planet, The Little Prince and its whimsical illustrations make for the classic children's fairytale. But don't be fooled. You'll see with just a few turn of the pages that the seemingly fantastical story hinges on the inevitability of losing innocence.

5. The Last Lecture

6. How to Win Friends & Influence People

7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

An inspiring book sworn by presidents and CEOs everywhere, Stephen Covey's bestseller will help you lead a healthy life of personal and professional balance.

8. The Unbearable Lightness of Being




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