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.

  1. How to be a Woman | by Caitlin Moran
  2. The Art of Happiness | by the Dalai Lama XIV
  3. The Edible Woman | by Margaret Atwood
  4. Brave New World | by Aldous Huxley
  5. The Secret Life of Bees | by Sue Monk Kidd
  6. Into the Wild | by John Krakauer
  7. 1984 | by George Orwell
  8. Bossypants | by Tina Fey
  9. Gone with the Wind | by Margaret Mitchell
  10. A Thousand Splendid Suns | by Khaled Hosseini
  11. The Comfort of Lies | by Randy Susan Meyers
  12. The Stone Angel | by Margaret Laurence
  13. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public discourse in the age of Show Business | by Neil Postman
  14. And Then There were None | by Agatha Chrstine
  15. The Colour Purple | by Alice Walker
  16. Jane Eyre | by Charlotte Brontë
  17. Rules of Civility | by Amor Towles
  18. The Bell Jar: A Novel | by Sylvia Plath
  19. Catch 22 | by Joseph Heller
  20. 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!


Page from my Smashbook.

Leave a Reply