The 20 books you should read in your 20s: Part one
Your 20s can be a hectic time, but reading is the perfect hobby to take up and give your brain a break from any stress. Here are our recommendations for books to read in your 20s, starting with fiction and influential people.
1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
Named "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years" by The New York Times, Beloved tells a horrifying story of slavery through the eyes of a young woman.
2. The Kiln by William McIlvanney: Recommended by Matt Gorrie
3. The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver: Recommended by David Young
A dystopic and jarring look into a not-so-distant future of crumbling society and economy, contained within the story of one family struggling to survive.
4. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding: Recommended by Jennifer Cloke
5. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Follow Lyra, a silver-tongued young girl, and her companion Pan on a mystical adventure across worlds that questions life, death, existence and the friendships that you make along the way.
6. TED Talks by Chris Anderson
The CEO of TED shares unrivalled advice on public speaking from himself and the many speakers who have helped him make TED Talks a resounding success.
7. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
8. 52 Cups of Coffee by Megan Gebhart
From the advice of Apple's Co-Founder to the political troubles of a tenacious first-grader, these words of wisdom shared over weekly cups of coffee prove that lessons in life can be found anywhere.
9. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
10. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Laugh along with one of the comedy scene's darlings as Amy Poehler documents her rise to fame in a touching and hilarious collection of poems, essays and photographs.
Are we missing your favourite? Keep an eye out for Part Two of our list - coming soon!