20 of the most influential books to read in your 20s

A few weeks ago I turned 29, and most birthdays I am lucky enough to be gifted a books or two.

This year I stopped and thought about all the books I’ve read over the years, and contemplated which ones have inspired me, and which ones have impacted the way I see the world.

So I wanted to compile a list; 20 of the most influential books that shaped my 20s.*

I’ve left spot number 20 free — free for you to fill in.

Please send me your thoughts, what are some of the best books you read in your 20s.

What one book do you recommend I read before I hit the big 30.

Disclaimer, I may have slightly cheated and included a few extras books.

1. Sapiens; Yuval Noah Harari

2. A Short History of Nearly Everything; Bill Bryson

3. Prisoners of Geography; Tim Marshall

4(a). Project Drawdown; Paul Hawken

4(b). There is no Planet B; Mike Berners-Lee

5. Start with WHY; Simon Sinek

6. Rebel Ideas; Matthew Syed

7(a). The End of Bias; Jessica Nordell

7(b). Talking to Strangers; Malcolm Gladwell

8. Invisible Women; Caroline Criado-Perez

9. Mindf*ck; Christopher Wylie

10. Morality; Jonathan Sacks

11. Small Great Things; Jodi Picoult

12. Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race; Reni Eddo-Lodge

13. Born a Crime; Trevor Noah

14. Come as you are

15. Midnight Library — and other books

16. My shit Therapist

17. Regensis — George Monbiot

18. Climate Change is Racist;

19. A Little life; Hanya Yanagihara


This is your space to fill

What book inspired or shaped your 20s?

What’s your ultimate suggestion of a book that everyone should read before they turn 30.

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