1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

In this book, the psychologist Robert Cialdini talks about the importance of persuasion. He introduces the universal principals of influence which are – scarcity, liking, reciprocation, authority, consensus and commitment. The entrepreneur behind: the always fascinating Farnam Street Blog, Shane Parrish has suggested this read before entering the 30s. The need to learn these is simply to avoid the “snare”. Best way? Learn it yourself.

2. Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Probably the most difficult lesson to learn in the 20s is figuring out how to stay in control. Everyone, no matter polished on the outside or how much ‘in-control’ they seem, are just figuring things out as they go along. You make up and deal with situations are you go along. There is no promised adulthood land out there. Sarah Andersen’s comics’ helps in making you realise and grasp this truth about life.

Chris Weller says about this book that adulthood doesn’t arrive at a certain point. People gradually start doing adult things. All the baby boomers or young-at-heart or seniors will tell you the same. This book illustrates this truth in a fun way.

3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book is about accepting the hard truths and responsibilities of life.The world Being oblivious is a blessing and acceptable when you are an adolescent. But it becomes dangerous when you are old enough to undertake the responsibility of voting. Being a responsible citizen, taking a stand and having a justifiable opinion becomes important. This book will push you to realize the harsh realities of racism faced by Americans and to empathize with them.

4. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

If you are looking for more books in the same genre, this book is a must read. The author talks about the heart wrenching stories of four young black men that she loved dearly and sadly lost.

5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This novel is an addiction! This novel is highly readable and massive – the best combination for book lovers. If you are looking to increase your span of empathy, this is a must read for you! The story is about four friends making their way in New York City after graduating from college. Even though the story line sounds similar, the author plays around with grief and depression. You will be challenged to become more empathetic! A trait often overlooked in the 20s. Trigger warning: you will be emotionally crushed – completely! Back to the Homepage 

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