Who doesn’t love to explore? Everyone does, right? Well, novels are an inexpensive way to explore, travel, and whatnot. You cannot see everything that the world has to offer but you can read it and experience it. The best novels to read will not only help to build your vocabulary but also expands your imagination.
Once you hit your 20’s those hectic busy schedules become your life and to escape that chaos a good novel and music is all that you need my friend.
For me, novels have always been my favorite time killers and a perfect companion during my boredom. Novels are my key to a different world, a world full of different experiences, a place that is not bounded by any limitations. Not only this, novels build a platform to give colors to my thoughts and wings to my imaginations.
A good novel can do wonders in your life. So, here are some of the best novels you should not miss out to read in your 20’s.
1.How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The classic book about communication skills has been in circulation since 1936 for a good reason. A lot of what is said in the book applies to basic, human interaction and feelings that we all experience in our day to day life.
Like it or not, we don’t live alone in the world and we do interact with others. The great thing about Carnegie’s book is that I can use the suggestions on myself- for influencing how I see myself, and how I motivate myself to get things done. Carnegie’s simple solution to handle disagreements is to avoid them in the first place simply by being friendly and not making an issue of things and I genuinely believe in that. Almost every chapter I read emphasized that people are driven by vanity and self-interest and how they can be inspired to behave better by kindness. Yes, genuine kindness.
I’m glad that this book is still around. The language and context of the book are somewhat dated though, so keep that in mind.
2. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Shoe Dog, Phil Knight’s memoir is a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. Building a company like Nike is incredibly hard! And, building one in the 70s simply takes another level of skill and will.
Since the very beginning, I found the book very captivating and was the absolute pleasure to read this book. Every time I see a NIKE store in my city, or the ‘swoosh’ logo of Nike on Amazon, Phil Knight, and his life journey come alive into my imagination, all because of this candid memoir that he has written. Another exceptional element for me in the book was its philosophy, it has imparted life-changing lessons in its 384 pages. Phil kept balancing on the tight-rope of cost and profits, a dance that perhaps every entrepreneur is familiar with and never complained or doubted his dream.
This book is a great recommendation if you crazy enough to chase your dream. Like Nike´s logo, JUST DO IT!
3. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Have you ever felt grateful even for the smallest things in life? Things like your freedom, your family, your friends? Most of us would not have because we tend the things easily available to us, for granted.
Much like ‘The Thousand Splendid Suns’, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini took me on an emotional ride. When I picked this book up, I was very intrigued and satisfied as it was a very good read. This story has changed my way of thinking in a way that cannot be described rather just can only be felt. After reading the last word of the book, the first thing I did was to thank God for everything I have; honestly, I’ve never been so damn thankful for my life before.
Overall, this book is very captivating as it keeps readers on their toes throughout the entire story. The story is open-ended, but it signs off on a seemingly happier note that gives you hope and a sense of redemption.
4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
It’s been said countless times that when the student is ready the teacher will appear. That is very much so with Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” This book is about how to attain spiritual, health, and wellness aspects of riches along with financial aspects. This book has 13 success principles based on 25 years of research work by Napoleon Hill on over 25,000 people.
As the saying goes, “what you seek, is what you find.” I sought a change in my life, and I found the answer in “Think and Grow Rich”. the main theme of the book, as evident from the name, is “Thinking“. It’s a must-read book at least once in a lifetime for those who are really going through “what I want and how can I get it.” Desire, decision, faith, persistence, the mastermind, and organized planning were the 6 ingredients of the book.
This is a must-read book, but I would recommend this book only if you’re a patient reader.
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I honestly adore this book. Gilbert writes about her own experiences and interesting perspectives on creativity, rather, it’s a heartening and uplifting book about how anyone can live a creative and fascinating life — from lawyers to administrative workers, to someone in-between careers.
This book taught me how to embrace the things that I love and the things that bring me joy and encouraged me to own my creativity. This is a very light yet encouraging book. I enjoyed the book like Charlie enjoys his bar of chocolate for a whole month, gnawing at it in the dead of night when he needed it most. This book is the guide to how we all can celebrate a more creative life.
Your life will tick along fine if you don’t read it but, if you do, you might just realize you’ve been missing something all along.
6. The Ambition Decisions by Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace
Authors Schank and Wallace interviewed multiple female classmates from their time at Northwestern and then put together and mapped out data throughout the book based on real women’s lives.
What I loved about this book is that it’s relatable to women on all sorts of paths from women who are solely focused on their careers, to women who are full-time mothers, and to the ones who are doing both. I found the book to be insightful and clarifying in a way that traditional career-focused books for women rarely are. Rather than lay out a prescriptive path, they really listened to women talk about their lives and challenges and illuminated areas of overlap, surfaced and clarified themes, and pointed out commonalities that extend beyond the borders of their graduating class.
Best of all, they discuss all of this without any judgments.
J.K. Rowling has said “I do believe that something very magical can happen when you read a good book” and I also strongly believe in it. Whenever I have been at the low points of my life, it was always booked that helped me. Every answer to my questions was hidden in some book, the game was to find the right book.