11 books to read in your 20’s or otherwise.

No one belongs here more than You. Stories by Miranda July

The 20’s can be a very exciting period in a person’s life. It is filled with stress, focus, plans, excitement and freedom. It is said that only when a person is in his or hers 20’s, this is the time when the person reads a lot. If you love reading and are always on the look out for new books, read on to know the 11 books you definitely should not miss.

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This book is based on the travels of the writer and his friends across America. A work that defines postwar Beat and Counterculture generation where the main characters live against a backdrop of jazz, poetry and drug use.


  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

This book has been set in the reconstruction era in 1873 and centers on the theme of memory and history. For Sethe, the main character in the movie, the memories of slavery are inescapable while for the other former slaves, the past is a burden that they desperately and willfully try to forget.


  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

With a simple and inspiring story full of wisdom, it talks about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santigo who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure that is buried in the Pyramids


  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

This book shows some familiar struggles between new and old, assimilation and cultural preservation, that strives toward the future and longing for the past, play an important role in family that has foreign born parents and their American born children.


  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

An epic trilogy of fantasy novels, consisting of The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, these books have won a lot of awards. They consist of witches and armored polar bears but the trilogy also alludes to the ideas and theories of physics, philosophy and theology.


  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

The novel is a semi-autobiographical kind of novel but with names of places and people changed. It was originally published as “Victoria Lucas”. The novel is runs parallel to the life of the author and has been overlaid with a facade of fiction.


  • A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham.

” We become the stories we tell ourselves”


  • Exit Here by Jason Myers

Jason Myers pushes the limits of teen fiction with this tale of love, addiction, and wrong choices.


  • No one belongs here more than You. Stories by Miranda July

In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly — they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate.


  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence tells the story of a forthcoming society wedding, and the threat to the happy couple from the appearance in their midst of an exotic and beautiful femme fatale, a cousin of the bride.


  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”



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