5 Books to Read Before You’re 25
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Some books have a lasting impression on us, and some make us learn life lessons without having to go through the hardships ourselves. That’s why I’ve rounded up 5 books I think you should read before you turn 25!
It wasn’t until my later teen years that I started reading nonfiction for fun, but it quickly became my choice over fiction. Which as an avid reader during my childhood was pretty surprising. But I found myself looking accounts of real life and having educational tools at my fingertips.
What can I say? I love a good self-help book. It feels like it steers me in a better direction in my life, like a trusted parent. But maybe even better, because they usually give you pretty actionable tips.
So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 books that have had a great impact on my adult life thus far.
1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is my go to when I need a pep talk.
I urge all creatives to read it! Elizabeth Gilbert feels like the fairy godmother of my dreams. Wise advice peppered in with humor and clever antidotes, I devoured this book quickly. Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing has such an authentic charm to it, you feel that she is writing to herself but in the same way you feel like she’s writing specifically to you. It’s brilliant.
I particularly recommend listening to this book on Audible. Elizabeth Gilbert narrates it herself, and her words come alive with such a warm comfort.
2.The Happiness Project by Gretchen Cole
Started as a blog, this book is a collection of posts reworked into a part-memoir, part-how-to of Gretchen Cole’s Happiness Project.
This book is one that I had passed by in bookstores a million time and felt too corny to pick up. It wasn’t until I was having one particularly horrendous day that I stumbled across it at the library, and quickly found myself cuddling up in a chair immersed in it.
Gretchen Cole has the most realistic approach to happiness that I’ve ever come across. Through her own journey, she makes it feel accessible and realistic.
I really can’t recommend this book more. This is the book that chapter after chapter gave me chills thinking about the possibilities of the world.
3. Spark Joy
Spark Joy is actually the second book by Marie Kondo. The remained, illustrated guide of (Tidying Up: The Magic Joy ) this book was my first look into the world of minimalism.
While not minimalism as I know it today, this is the first book that gave me the idea of living a more intentional and simpler life. Marie Kondo’s passion and care inspires the same from you throughout the book…in fact, she’s the reason I turned around my dislike of folding clothes into an honest care.
Her methods are not for everyone, but her inspirational message is much more than just her how-tos. I recommend this book in all it’s forms, from Audible, to the first edition, to even the manga version…which I bought myself for my birthday. It was really sweet.
4. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Let me start this book recommendation off with an important truth: no one ever talked to me about money. I grew up with a single disabled mother under the poverty line. She doesn’t understand money, so I didn’t either. American schools don’t teach you much either. No one had ever even mentioned what saving for retirement meant.
This book was the first book to teach me about money. Through his own accounts of becoming a self-made millionaire, (Robert Ki) accounts his own learning about money from his childhood friend’s father, his “Rich Dad”.
I can’t say I agree with everything in the book. I can’t even say that all of it sat well with me while reading it. I was uncomfortable. But it made me understand wealth and money so much more than I ever had before.
Okay, and it’s inspiring. What can I say, I love a good inspirational story?
5. The Miracle Morning
Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning, is more of a guide to building a morning routine than a memoir. It is peppered with his own experiences and antidotes, but Hal really focuses on giving actionable steps and even included worksheets for you to put his advice into practice.
This is one of those books that gives you the how-tos, but won’t affect your life unless you put in the work. It feels like more of guide into the right direction than a rigid “to this, do that” take. I definitely recommend not just giving it a read, but trying out his advice to crafting your morning routine.
Always have more books to read
There are great new books coming out every day, using reading to help get your further in life is always one of my top tips in life. These 5 books have added value to my life and I hope you check them out!If you don’t have time to read, you can always read on the go with Audible!
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Have you read any of the books above? Do you have any recommendations to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for more inspiring books to read!