10 must-read books for Millennials


What are the 10 must-read books during the ages of 21-25?

I was asked this question on Quora. The answer got over 374k views and 4k likes. So I think a lot of people are thinking about this.it is read over.

In this age, ou wants something that build character that will shape you into to your best self, and skills you can use the rest of your life.

  1. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay. This book is entirely about you. It will answer questions about life, you didn't even know you were asking. It will tell you all the things your parents didn't, about what you should do to get as much out of your 20's as possible.
  2. The Art of Manliness by Brett McKay. The best book on long forgotten etiquette, dedicated to generation of a boy who forgot how to grow up. McKay explores manliness in this beautiful book. Worth reading regardless of your gender, as girls should read it in order to be able to recognize true gentlemen.
  3. On the Shortness of Life by Seneca. You should read this as fast as possible, and if you haven't read it before reaching 30, this is the first thing you do. Now.
  4. Mastery by Robert Greene. Greene studies how titans through history gained mastery in their respective craft, and there is much you can learn from it.
  5. How to Achieve True Greatness by Baldesar Castiglione. In this short read, Castiligione discover what it task to be the perfect courtier. While entertainingly written, it will describe how one is charming and noble.
  6. Of Human Freedom by Epictetus. This book is, as the title suggest, about the theme of freedom. But it will shake your world, and help you to focus on the finer, more important things in life.
  7. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. While this is a book about rapid decision making, it concerns itself a great deal with memory. Gladwell gives training your memory a higher purpose than just remembering strings of digits or memorizing a deck of cards. Training your memory will eventually change your life, and Gladwell will show you what you can look forward to.
  8. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Tim Ferriss is a master martketeer and entrepreneur, and he gives you his view on life to, which I have found many books on entrepreneurship neglects. This book explore how to train and eat inexpensively. It will save you time, money and make you better.
  9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Read it. Read it all.
  10. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This book is the most important of all philosophy (in my opinion). Please read this.

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In addition to the above mentioned titles, I have read a few more I believe would benefit 20-somethings in the same way they have benefited me.

  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. The narrative follows a young boy on his journey to enlightenment. Personally, I could easily relate to many of the dilemmas and frustrations Siddhartha experience on in his path, and could also feel exactly where I was in the book. It is filled to the brim with advice, wisdom and lessons for living.
  • Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman. I went to business school, so I feel justified in saying this book would have saved me most of the time there. If you are considering attending business school, read this first, and then see if you still feel a need.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I first read this as an adult, and it did touch my heart in a very unique way. Not that I learned much from it, but it is so genuine in it’s nature that you almost want to cry, if you have ever felt the pain of a break-up.
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Sometimes I people have asked me for modern classics: Fight Club is my go to. You have probably watched the movie - you owe it to yourself to read the book. It is way more brutal, as it is not fitted for a cinematic audience. And you will learn about rebellion, materialism and capitalism, in a way you haven’t before.