A Book for Every Year of Your 20s

Your 20s are some of the most exciting, stressful, scary, and adventurous years of your life. In order to help make it through these years, here are 10 books where the characters’ ages match your age. These characters share your struggles and will accompany you on this emotional roller coaster of a decade.

20. Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

This is a story about living in the moment, not being afraid to take a leap of faith, and being true to yourself. This was the first book to ever make me cry happy tears.

21. Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway

Kris Holloway shares her experience in the Peace Corps and how an unexpected friendship changed her life. There is a lot to learn from Monique on how to be a brave, strong, and independent woman.

22. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Tess is just trying to make something of herself all while stumbling through adulthood and learning how to toughen up in the Big Apple. Great book about growing up and finding your place in life.

23. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

An incredible story of friendship, love, and loss. Louisa teaches us to always be yourself; the quirkier the better. Warning: prepare to ugly cry.

24. Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Finally a romance novel where the woman wears the pants in the relationship. Eva is a hardworking business woman who knows how to work and werk. I think the quote sums it up nicely.

25. Brooklyn by Colm Tolbin

Experience the adventure and fear of moving to an entirely new environment through the eyes of Ellis Lacey as she makes a life for herself, all alone, in Brooklyn.

26. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennet may not be 26 in this novel, but every woman should have read this novel by this point in their lives. Elizabeth is stubborn, proud, and won’t let any man change who she is.

27. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Kelly Williams Brown gives us a rude awakening on how the world really works. It might not be what we want to hear, but it’s probably something we need to hear.

28. See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Maria is a lawyer with everything going for her until a ghost from her past catches up to her. Even when we think we have everything figured out, Maria shows us that life will throw you curves and sometimes the best experiences come out of it.

29. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

You either love or you hate this book. Rachel and Darcy are lifelong friends who realize that their friendship isn’t everything they thought it was. You’ll find yourself rooting for something immoral.

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