Here’s my list of 30 Books to Read by 30!
If you’re not a big reader, focus on this condensed list of 30 books. Chip away at these and you’ll get the big picture without a never-ending pile to slough through.
Need a reason to read each of these selections? I’ll give you the main reason each book made this list so you can understand why they are so important.
So, read these 30 books before you reach 30 years old…
The Great Gatsby
Because classic literature can teach you about writing and creative processes.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Because life isn’t fair to some. Don’t be the one perpetuating inequality.
Because you need to know where you came from to know where you’re going.
Because we all need a little adventure in our lives.
Because you should learn to follow your dreams.
A Brief History of Time
Because the universe around you is more amazing than you know.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Because injustices will need to be righted in your lifetime, and you will have the power to right them.
Murder on the Orient Express
Because murder mysteries make you question people’s motives and values.
Because this sci-fi future may not be so far from our own reality.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Because you need to learn to respect your things and keep a tidy living space.
Because gender inequality is still a thing. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Because education doesn’t equal value.
When Breath Becomes Air
Because life is short. And the time you have is precious.
Because making decisions is quicker than you think.
In Defense of Food
Because you are what you eat. So eat the right things in the right amounts.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Because magic isn’t real, but it’s nice to pretend for a while.
Because life is weird. Be prepared for change.
Because humanity is destructive.
Because we may be a multi-planetary species within your lifetime.
Because we all need a good laugh.
Because grit is what makes you successful.
Alan Turing: The Enigma
Because heroes are inspiring and should be studied.
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Because human history will impact our future.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Because family and longevity are important.
Because actions have consequences. This is a lesson you need to learn.
Because the way the world sees you is not the only thing you are.
Because racism is still a thing. But you can change that.
Because creativity and expression in writing are worth learning how to do.
Because grief doesn’t have to define you. You can invent your own life.
The Sixth Extinction
Because your role in the world is bigger than you think.