There are many timeless books you should read, but even books are best read at a specific age. If you are in your twenties, you have already exited your teens happily and started entering adult life, which introduces an inevitable change in obligations. Life is your best teacher, but it is always helpful to get some guidance from good writers along your way.
'The things you learn and how you understand the book depend on the phase in your life' – says Jack Matheson, a content manager at Essayontime. For this reason, we have selected some of the best books that may not have read before, but can certainly shape your identity and your worldview.
At some point in your life, you will need to make an important choice. Reading Dostoyevsky's novel is a great way to learn about the difference between choosing the good and the bad, and the consequences that come from both.
A gripping story and an argument against nihilism, 'Crime and Punishment' speaks of a 23-year-old man, Raskolnikov who murders two women and suffers from the consequences. The story speaks of humanity and how we are responsible over our actions and the death of others.
Didion's memoir is an honest story about life after death. One evening, Didion's husband dies from heart attack and unexpectedly leaves her to live without him. Reading this story about the essence of grief can teach you not to take anything for granted and how to cope with loss.
An accurate, at times sarcastic capture of the path we take on the switch from youth to adulthood. This is a story of three siblings, each trying to live their lives beyond their place of birth.
Denise is career-driven, yet caught up in several affairs. Chip is the middle child that unfortunately, is barred from school, while Gary is no longer as stable as everyone thinks. This book is about to teach you that everyone has a life crisis, but will eventually manage to correct it.
An adolescent psychology book is a great wake-up call for those on their race to the thirties. This novel will improve your ability to fight prejudice and start seeing the beauty of life. Toni Morrison uses rich words to craft a perfect book – even in places where she speaks of appalling actions.
Invisible Man is one of those books you will not be able to leave once you start reading. More importantly, Ellison has managed to write a masterpiece that changes your worldview and prepares you for what is about to come. Speaking of betrayals and racism, the narrator presents you with his trauma and makes you feel angry, leaving you to question the society and its structure.
Speaking of the life of a housewife in 1960, French unravels all the misery of the novel's heroine. The story of a woman who shed her husband by earning a degree will make you understand the worst of discrimination. Read this book to find out about the woman who raised her sons to become better men than her husband.
This is a story of the reproductive women rights and may leave you in awe and terror at the same time. The heroine of Atwood's book, Offred had a husband, a daughter and a name. As the story unravels, she is located in North America where fertility is more important than anything due to the plummeted birth rate. Her family is gone at this point and Offred has become the handmaid to an enigmatic man to whom she must bear a child.
American Wife is an entertaining, wise book that speaks of choices people make and marriage. It will teach you how accidents are something you cannot avoid and can easily befall you, at the same time making you question about ethics when it comes to love and loyalty.
Being in the twenties means that you already have or are about to enter the working world. Rowell speaks of what people can expect when getting out of college and into the real world. You simply must read 'Attachments' to learn the story about two friends who send emails while at work, and the IT guy who falls in love in one of the women while monitoring their messages.
When you grow up, the time comes to stop seeing your parents as flawless and start accepting that they are people just like everyone else in the world. Jacob speaks of a woman who is faced with the hidden past of her family, having to accept everything life gives her.
Hoffman tells the story of a girl that was found dead in a ditch in the form of a novel that represents the indictment of rape culture. Who killed the local girl and why? Both young genius and a reporter search for this answer, waking up every reader to the dangers of our world.
And the final one in our reading list – 'Adulthood is a Myth'. This may sound a bit controversial since all other books have the goal of helping you grow up, but according to Andersen, adulthood never truly arrives. The only thing that happens is that we start doing 'adult' things, but this does not mean that adulthood is real.
Andersen has presented us with a collection of inspirational comics, illustrating the pain you surely feel as the thirties creep closer and closer.
Your thirties are fast approaching and you want to get some insight into life… What better way to achieve this than by reading the 12 books that are best read before you reach this point in your life?