65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s
1. The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud The best 9/11 novel that’s much more than a 9/11 novel. Weirdly relatable, even though the characters are all pretty much upper-class pseudo-intellectuals. 2. What She Saw…, by Lucinda Rosenfeld Important twenties life lesson: Dating losers is not a life sentence. 3. A wondrously insane and magical (in that it is actually about a magician) three-book series. 4. The best time to read The Secret History is probably while you’re still in college, because it is about a secret society at a small liberal arts college gone horribly awry, but it is also worth picking up a few years later to be reminded about the intensity of college friendships, and also Ancient Greek. 5. A timeless story of masculinity, desire, and heartbreak that has become particularly resonant for young gay men. 6. 7. A book about the search for meaning even when life might be meaningless. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Because you’ll never have time to read it later. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.
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