Best Books To Read In Your 30s

Though books written for teens and youth in their 20s are subject to much scrutiny and judgement, there is not much talk about books for those in their 30s. This is an equally important period of life when we are faced with many changes and challenges.

When on a road to self-discovery, there can be no better companions than good books to guide us through. Given below is a list of books you will enjoy.

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1. ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ By Elizabeth Gilbert

This book empowered millions and changed the lives of many by encouraging them to search their true selves. Though the author had a good career, a husband, and  home, she realized she was not happy. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes her to three countries – Italy, India, and Bali.

2. ‘The Happiness Project’ Bygretchen Rubin

One day, Rubin decided to dedicate a year of her life in the pursuit of finding happiness. This book chronicles her 12-month journey of advanture as an engaging and lively narrative.

3. ‘Year Of Yes’ By Shonda Rhimes

A book that injects positivity in its readers, ‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda, the creator of  ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ and ‘Scandal‘, reveals to readers how saying a simple word, Yes’ can transform your life. The book is as hilarious as it is thought-provoking.

4. ‘Confessions Of A Scary Mommy/ By Jill Smokler

THis book is based on a popular website, Scary Mommy. It talks about mothers and motherhood, portraying the true picture rather than the stereotypical,flawless image of a mother. The book tackles several parenting issues that are seldom mentioned by parents.

5. ‘The Year Of Magical Thinking’ By Joan Didion

The book is of the author and iconic writer Joan Didion‘s personal experience but it will resonate with anyone who has loved a child, husband, or wife. Through the months of emotional stress she’d been through, the author expresses her views on marriage, illness, children, memory, and death. It portrays life in all honesty.

6. ‘Girlboss’ By Sophia Amoruso

A candid but inspiring autobiography and success story of Sophia, founder of $100 million-worth online fashion retail shop, Nasty Girl., who started out as a troubled teen selling vintage dresses on ebay. She shares her experiences and her formula for success.

7. ‘The Secret’ By Rhonda Bryne

All great scriptures, literature, and traditions through the centuries have talked of a great secret. The secret that can bring you all riches, health, and happiness. The book explains how modern-day men and women use their wisdom to quell ignorance, get wealthy, and overcome obstacles.

8. ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ By Mitch Albom

Mitch had a mentor in college. He met with Morrie in his study on Tuesdays with questions. After twenty years, he had the opportunity to meet his mentor again, on Tuedays. This is a story of their rekindled relationship and Morrie’s last class on life itself.

9. ‘How To Lose Friends And Alienate People’ By Toby Young

The story of a young journalist who makes all the wrong moves when he moves to a big city. He tries to settle in but is hampered by his knack of always saying the wrong thing.

10. ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ By Ken Kesey

Story of sexual repression, racial tension, and treatment of the mentally ill, told in the voice of a paranoid schizophrenic who is confined in a mental asylum.

11. The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

With his precocious wit, the great American author writes about vanity, hedonism, and the selfishness of youth.

12. ‘Satanic Verses’ By Salman Rushdie

The most controversial literary piece of this century had the author go into hiding for over ten years because of the ‘Fatwa’ issued against him. The novel spans between time zones and across continents as it describes the life of a man who is caught between the western and the eastern worlds.

13. ‘The Rules Do Not Apply’ By Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy’s profoundly fascinating memoir of the author – the joy of love, the grief of loss, satisfaction of finding your own path in life. It will leave you savoring every moment of the read.

14. ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ By Paul Kalanithi

Dr. Kalanithi, a brilliant neurosurgeon diagonosed with terminal cancer, wrote this book describing the challenge of saving lives while facing death and the beautiful relationship between the doctor and his patient.

15. ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ By Cheryl Strayed

Written by the famous colomnist and advisor of many thousands, Sugar (now revealed as C. Strayed). Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of the best of ‘Dear Sugar’ and many of her never-published columns that are full of wit, compassion, insight, and honesty.

Hope you enjoyed our selection of books! You may like to read our suggestions on “Must Read Books Before Getting Married“.