20 must have books to read in your twenties

Written by Kaitholil Storyboard Team. Last updated at 2022-07-30 14:03:23

As I was thinking about what books should be on this list, I decided to go with ones that have a theme of finding yourself. The main characters in these books either don't know who they are, or they're trying to find out who they want to be. These books all have a beautiful message and help you understand yourself better. They will leave you feeling empowered and ready for anything life throws you! So without further ado...

The Kite Runner

A lot of people consider The Kite Runner to be their all-time favorite book. It tells the story of Amir, a boy born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and his father's servant Hassan who becomes his best friend. After watching Hassan's son get killed by Taliban soldiers because he is playing with Amir's kite, Amir promises to protect Hassan's youngest son from harm. When their time in Afghanistan ends, they move to America, where both boys have lost their innocence and are now dealing with guilt for things they've done or failed to do. The writing style is captivating as we read about two young boys growing up together through some severe changes in their lives.

The Awakening

loves Demetrius, but 1984 by George Orwell is set in London, where Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth. The Ministry's purpose is to rewrite history to match current circumstances; this leads them to rewrite newspaper articles, change photos and even alter people's memories through torture or drugs. Winston encounters a woman named Julia, whom he eventually falls in love with,h and they both experience the harsh reality of life under Big Brother (the government).

Death of a Salesman

This play is about a salesman named Willy Loman who is losing his mind. He has two sons, Biff and Happy Loman. In ancient Greece, a girl named Hermia wanted to marry Lysander, but she had to marry Demetrius because her father said so. A man named Egeus also has a daughter named Helena who doesn't love her back because he loves Hermia instead!

There are many similarities between Death of a Salesman and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream besides the fact that they both take place in ancient Greece (the other reason being that William Shakespeare writes one).

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite books. It tells the story of Offred, a handmaid who lives in the Republic of Gilead. In this society, women are stripped of their identities and forced to bear children for infertile couples. They are raped and held captive by these families until they can no longer take children with them. The story follows Offred as she tries to survive under these circumstances and escape from Gilead with her daughter before it’s too late.

This book is a compelling account of how easily our rights in our day-to-day life can be taken away from us if someone takes control over our government or another institution that has power over us (in this case, men). Women are told they aren't allowed to read books or watch television anymore; they're only allowed to read scriptures at night while eating their feces as punishment for disobedience because they were so ungrateful when they had everything provided for them before! I recommend reading other dystopian novels after reading this one so you can see how other authors write about similar themes or situations differently!

Heart of Darkness

This is the book you want to read if you're looking for a journey showing you the darkest recesses of your soul.

It's an excellent choice if your goal is to understand the human condition and how we all have darkness.

If you're interested in learning about where evil comes from and what makes people do evil things, this book has plenty of answers.

If curiosity drives you, Heart of Darkness will satisfy it: it has many profound questions about life and humanity that are never fully answered but still make for fascinating reading.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a self-help book by Dale Carnegie. Carnegie wrote the book based on the principles he learned from his mother, who was a schoolteacher.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play written by William Shakespeare. The play was reported to be performed by Queen Elizabeth I, who loved Shakespeare's work.

Pride and Prejudice

In 1813, Pride and Prejudice became one of Jane Austen's most well-known works. Set in England, the novel follows the Bennet family—including Elizabeth Bennet—and their interactions with other characters like Mr. Darcy. The book covers themes such as love, marriage, money, and societal expectations for women at that period.

This book is excellent for those who enjoy historical fiction novels with romance at their core but also want to relate to the main character or protagonist. If you're interested in learning about how other cultures lived during different eras or periods, this book will teach you something new! It's also a great choice if you enjoy reading books that have diverse casts of characters as they are set during a time when there weren't many female writers, so this gives us more insight into what life was like back then through her own experiences growing up during that period."

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel about the American dream and the people who yearn for it. It is a story about the American Dream and the people who desire it.

The first chapter of How to Win Friends and Influence People is titled "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive." The author, Dale Carnegie, says that if people are rude or inconsiderate towards others, they will not get what they want. He explains why this happens: it's impossible for a person who has been badly treated not to treat someone else badThe Great Gatsby is a classic novel about the American dream and the people who yearn for it. Fitzgerald's classic novel about the American dream and the people who desire it.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The play is about the irrationality of love and how people fall in and out of love in the blink of an eye. Love makes you do crazy things like act like an ass or spend all your time thinking about the person you are in love with when you should be thinking about something else. Do you know what I mean? The central theme here is that if someone falls in love with someone else, they must go through trials and tribulations before they can get together forever (or for as long as it lasts). That's what this story is about: four lovers caught up in a midsummer night's dream!


This book is a classic that you've probably heard of, but if not, let me tell you why it's on my list. 1984 is a dystopian novel in London and follows the story of Winston Smith, an Outer Party member working for the “Minitrue” who has grown tired of living under Big Brother's oppressive rule. The story was first published in 1949, when World War II had ended and Europe was recovering from such devastation; it was written in response to this experience and other factors such as Stalinism and Nazism. The novel has been revised numerous times since its release and even adapted into film twice (1956 and 1984). It has also been translated into several languages, including French, German, Spanish, and Italian


Frankenstein is a gothic novel by Mary Shelley. It was written in 1818 and published in 1823 when she was only 20.

Since its publication, Frankenstein has been adapted into several films, plays, and operas. Frankenstein is considered one of the greatest works of horror fiction ever written; it has been hailed as an early example of science fiction and modern Gothic fiction; it even influenced the creation of zombies!

In addition to its original language (English), there are Russian translations of this classic novel that you can enjoy reading!

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. It is a classic English literature novel and has inspired numerous film, television, and radio adaptations. The story of Wuthering Heights is set between 1801 and 1803, during the Napoleonic Wars. It was written as a series of letters from an unknown narrator (who addresses them to his friend Nelly Dean) to her friend Lockwood; it features characters who are rarely themselves in full possession of their minds or bodies—their lives being determined instead by what others want for them, for better or worse.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is a book about a group of boys stranded on an island. They are left to fend for themselves and have to form their hierarchy and culture while they wait to be rescued. The main character, Ralph, leads his fellow teenage boys in building shelters, finding food, and creating rules for living together in harmony. However, as time goes on, tensions grow, especially between Ralph and Jack (who has been elected chief by his peers), causing them to divide into two groups: those who want order and those who want freedom.

The novel explores human nature and its capacity for both good and evil, as well as how quickly adolescents can become savage when they're forced into situations where they no longer have the security blanket of home or parents watching over them 24/7; it also touches upon the transition from childhood into adulthood which can often be scary because it means giving up certain freedoms that come with being young but also gaining new responsibilities such as having an income which will enable you to live independently from your parents or guardians." Lord of the Flies" was published in 1954 during a time when many boys were graduating from school at 16 years old - approximately halfway through their childhoods - leaving behind their friends at school.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is a book about a teenager. It's also about a teenager's journey to find his place in society, though that's not really what we're going for here. If you want to read about teenagers, pick up The Catcher in the Rye and skip this section.

No, this book is more than just your average coming-of-age story: it’s about Holden Caulfield’s journey of self-discovery as he searches for his place in the world (not society).

Atlas Shrugged

The novel was published in 1957, becoming a classic read for many young people. The main character is Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive trying to save her company from going out of business because of regulations imposed by the government. The story is about the struggle between individualism and collectivism—the idea that some people can control more than others because they have power over them. The book portrays the importance of mind over matter; it’s about having an independent reason that doesn’t let anyone else tell you what you should think or feel. Ayn Rand depicts this message through her characters, who fight against a dystopian future where individuals no longer have power over their own lives because others are meeting their needs.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is the classic coming-of-age novel that most people read in school. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book is about growing up in a small Southern town and learning about racial inequality and injustice through the eyes of Scout Finch, a tomboy who narrates her experiences with her brother Jem, their friend Dill, and their father Atticus—a lawyer. He defends a black man falsely accused of rape.

Harper Lee's story is intensely personal; it deals with the loss of innocence as one grows up, learning what it means to be a woman and mother (or father). The friendship between Scout and her father's black housekeeper Calpurnia is another emotional aspect of the book; they are both female protagonists who stick together throughout this harrowing experience. This work highlights how difficult it was for black people during segregation: they were disenfranchised by discriminatory laws against them despite being citizens like any other American. It also illustrates how hard it can be for some children when their parents try too hard to protect them from harsh realities outside their protected home life—but ultimately, this leads us to understand others' struggles better so we can help make things better for them everyone involved.

My Antonia by Willa Cather.

This remarkable novel, set in the late 1880s and 1890s, tells the story of a Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda who emigrates with her family to Nebraska. The book is notable for its vivid descriptions of what it was like living on a farm during that period and its detailed exploration of immigrant life in America at the turn of the century. The book has been praised for being one of the first novels to portray immigrants from Eastern Europe in natural light rather than as caricatures or stereotypes.


With so many excellent books, it is hard to pick just 20. We hope you have found this helpful list and will read one of these books shortly! We’ve also included some other great book recommendations at the end of this post if you want more ideas.

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