Two years ago, I decided to create a challenge for myself entitled “20 FOR 20.” Twenty novels in which I would complete in my twenties. These books were initially chosen based on the authors and what the content entailed, hoping that the novel would educate me in some way and/or teach a meaningful lesson.
As I found it difficult to put this list together, thought I would share what I came up with for those who want to challenge themselves in their twenties as well or are just needing a book to read for the summer.
- How to be a Woman | by Caitlin Moran
- The Art of Happiness | by the Dalai Lama XIV
- The Edible Woman | by Margaret Atwood
- Brave New World | by Aldous Huxley
- The Secret Life of Bees | by Sue Monk Kidd
- Into the Wild | by John Krakauer
- 1984 | by George Orwell
- Bossypants | by Tina Fey
- Gone with the Wind | by Margaret Mitchell
- A Thousand Splendid Suns | by Khaled Hosseini
- The Comfort of Lies | by Randy Susan Meyers
- The Stone Angel | by Margaret Laurence
- Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public discourse in the age of Show Business | by Neil Postman
- And Then There were None | by Agatha Chrstine
- The Colour Purple | by Alice Walker
- Jane Eyre | by Charlotte Brontë
- Rules of Civility | by Amor Towles
- The Bell Jar: A Novel | by Sylvia Plath
- Catch 22 | by Joseph Heller
- Not That Kind of Girl | Lena Dunham
So far I have read four books: And Then There Were None, Not That Kind of Girl, How to Be A Woman, and The Edible Woman. Didn’t even realize I am right on schedule, two books a year. Most have been fantastic (How to be a Woman was unfortunately a let down half way through).
I suggest checking them out nevertheless!