Reading is important. That’s no surprise. When you read, you learn, improve brain function, memory, relieve stress. You broaden your worldview. You may be asking why before 30? Well, this is a milestone when people tend to settle down. By then you probably went through school, college, a few relationships as well as a few jobs. I would even argue that at 30 you only start your adulthood.
So, what books must you read before you reach this significant milestone?
While I don’t attempt to give you a complete list, only a few suggestions, it’s essential to focus on the classics that have stood the test of time. It’s very different when you read a book over the weekend because you have to do it for school and when you pick up a classic in search for the world’s collective wisdom.
Must-Read Books (fiction)
In this part I want to give you eight books of fiction. These are more than just books. These are life-changing, character-building stories that will stay with you forever. Some may be obligatory to read in high school which you may or may not have done.
I assure you, pick any book on this list, even if you have read it before or have heard bad reviews, and you will change your life.
1984 by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Must-Read Books (non-fiction)
In this part I want to give a few suggestions of classic non-fiction as well as a few contemporary books. While nowadays non-fiction gets a bit of a bad reputation due to influx of all the self-help books, there are many examples of great writing and life lessons.
How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Essentialism by Greg McKeouwn
Look, the truth is, any reading, excluding reading YouTube comment section, is admirable. As Francis Bacon has said:
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
The point is, any reading has the power to transform the reader. It’s a wonderful activity that helps us stay sane in this chaos-driven world. Whether you like fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. Pick a new book, re-read something you read in your childhood, read anything you can get your hands on.
Don’t worry, the world will wait.