5 Books to Read in Your Twenties


1. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now, Meg Jay

If you’ve ever felt that restless angst specific to twentysomethings – either professionally or personally – pick up this book. Post-college and even into my late twenties, I often felt directionless. I questioned my jobs, my relationships, and sometimes even my life’s purpose. Should I go to grad school? Should I backpack Asia? At an age where I felt as entitled to my dream job as I did to late night Taco Bell, Meg Jay served me up a huge slice of humble pie. This book gives a voice to all those inner feelings and explains why you shouldn’t wait until later to figure it all out. For anyone on the brink of a millennial quarter-life crisis, consider this book required reading.

2. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, Kelly Cutrone

PR Powerhouse Kelly Cutrone gives it to you straight in this memior-ish career guide that talks about breaking into the business world. I reread this book every two years or so 1.) for laughs and 2.) when I need to remind myself to stiffen up my bottom lip and that success is earned, not given. She preaches self-empowerment over self-sabotage, and for my fashion junkies out there, the designer name-drops are worth the read alone.

3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, Mark Manson

This book was a much needed reminder to choose your battles wisely, especially in the world we live in today. If you take every disheartening news headline, every frustrating performance review, or every rude encounter with a store clerk to heart, you literally will use up all your emotional capacity. And probably to a paralyzing point. And also probably on things that don’t matter in the grand scheme. This book taught me that I can’t control the world around me, but I can surely control myself and my reaction to it. To sum it up in one word: liberating.

4. Strong Looks Better Naked, Khloe Kardashian

Some of you guys might disagree with this choice, and that’s totally fine. True story: when I first bought this book, I thought it was a Khloe K memoir. I was expecting to indulge in my guilty-Kardashian-pleasure and read about juicy Lamar drama, OJ Simpson father rumors, etc. Turns out, the book didn’t cover any of that. Instead, it talked about strengthening your overall self – mind, body, and soul. If you feel like you’re on a fitness journey heading nowhere fast or you always catch yourself saying “I’ll start working out on Monday”.. this book could really help change your mentality. Some parts are repetitive, but the overall message helped me reframe my relationship with fitness. Plus, the recipes in the book are bomb-dot-com.

5. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, Sarah Young

This book and I go way back. Its a daily devotional, and its helped myself and a few friends/family members through rough patches over the years. I try to remember to read it often, but unfortunately I find myself mostly turning to it in periods of difficulty. Fortunately, however, its a shining beacon of hope on those days. The short entries always seem to hit home about the very issue I’m going through. This book is magic, y’all. My mom even taught me to journal in my copy. I love reading old entries to see where I was and what I was struggling with a year or two ago. It helps to put things into perspective from time to time.

Happy almost Friday everyone! Xx, Alley

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Hi there! I’m Alley, the voice behind Styled in September. I’m an ex-buyer turned lifestyle blogger, currently getting my MBA in Paris, France. With SIS, I try to share my style, beauty, and travel stories, sprinkled with a few unfiltered musings in my digital diary. Currently on tap: some behind-the-scenes takes of an American expat in Paris. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet!

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