10 Books To Read Before You Turn 30

With fall right around the corner, cozying up with a blanket and cup of tea sounds like the perfect way to spend your day. Today I am sharing 10 books that have impacted my life or mindset in some way. For your convenience I have included links to buy these from Amazon, but you can also pick these up from your local library.

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Yes Please: Amy Poehler

If you have ever wanted to get to know the women behind Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation then you are in luck. Yes Please is an inspirational read, filled with stories, lists, advice and laughs. It feels like an honest and real collection of words to live by and a behind the scenes view of the comedy world.

The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin

This book, for me, was one that I will never forget. The book is the story of a year–long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment and happiness. Science, philosophy and real–life anecdote make this an engaging and transformative story that may inspire you to make a change in your life.

Year of Yes: Shonda Rhimes

The creator of your favorite shows – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder – shares how saying YES to all the opportunities in her life for one entire year changed her and her life for the better. Candid and relatable, you will gain insight into the mind behind Cristina Yang and Olivia Pope and learn how saying Yes can help you empower your truest self.

Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity is different for everyone and for anyone who uses their creativity on a daily basis it is always interesting to read other people’s points of view about how to tap into it. This book offers insights into the nature of inspiration and encourages us to embrace our curiosity and address the habits that help or hinder our creative process.

The Book Thief: Markus Zusak

This is a New York Times bestseller and extraordinary story about the power of books. The story is set during WWII, Nazi Germany, and features a young girl who finds solace in her stolen books. This is a must–read and one of the “most enduring stories of our time.”

Lone Survivor: Marcus Luttrell

Lone Survivor (now a major motion picture) is the true story of 4 Navy SEALS reconnaissance mission in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border (Operation Redwing). The story recounts the mission that resulted in the greatest loss of life in Navy SEAL history with Marcus Luttrell being the only survivor. Courage, sacrifice and a glimpse inside modern warfare.

The Psychopath Test: Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating look into the world of psychopaths and how to spot them. If you have ever wanted to know the tell-tale signs of a true psychopath through verbal and non–verbal clues, this book is for you. Interesting and slightly terrifying, this book might leave you questioning those around you.

Why Not Me?: Mindy Kaling

From the creator and star of the show The Mindy Project comes a collection of hilarious personal essays about finding contentment, working in comedy and falling in love. Relatable and truly funny, this coming–of–age book will have you flipping on old reruns of The Office and catching up with The Mindy Project on Hulu.

Nineteen Minutes: Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my all–time favorite authors and Nineteen Minutes is one of her most striking novels to date. The story focuses on a school shooting in a small NH town and the trial that follows. It touches on topics of acceptance, judgement and being who you are. It is one of those novels you will not want to put down.

State of Wonder: Ann Patchett

Based in the Amazon rainforest, this adventure story, mixed with science and miracles, is a profound and provocative story. Filled with disappointment and regret, this is a novel that will resonate with you for months to come.

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    Karen Gran
    July 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    As a librarian, I can tell you that this list of books get checked out on a regular basis. Nice recommendations.

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    July 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I was in need of new book ideas!! I know some friends that are, too! I will share this with them.

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    July 25, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Thank you so much for this post, I really needed some new book recommendations!

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    July 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I need to pick these up. I read Mindy Kalings book. LOVE HER! Such a funny and inspirational person.

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    July 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    This list is a great resource for me because I have recently found myself more interested in non-fiction and memoirs. Looking forward to reading some of these.

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    Laura Lushington
    July 25, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Great recommendations! And I’m so happy I’ve already read a few!

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    July 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I’m always looking for new book recommendations! Definitely pinning this so I can keep track

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    July 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    A few of these haven’t made it to my bookshelf yet, so I’m adding them to my list! 30 is just a couple of months away for me–eek! 🙂

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    Lynn Woods
    July 26, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I have got to get back to reading! Thanks for this list!

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    January 2, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I have finally gotten a place of relaxation with the things that will equip my mind. I love reading. Thanks so much for this.

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