5 Books to Inspire All 20-Somethings

I absolutely love sitting at my window seat in my bedroom, wrapped up with my head in a book but for a while I never found the time to do it. So, last year I gave myself the challenge to purposely find the time to read a book a month, which was difficult for me as I am a relatively slow reader but I managed to complete the challenge and have kept up the habit. Books provide clarity, improves your memory, allows you to upskill and of course makes use of those dead hours of commuting! Below are some of my favourite books from the challenge that help me be creative, productive and find happiness everyday. I think every twenty something should read them too ❤

(I have also thrown in a documentary I have watched recently, simply because I thought it was worth sharing).

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The Promise of a Pencil - Adam Braun

This book takes us behind the scenes of Adam Braun's journey of creating the amazing "Pencils of Promise". It is a book of discovering your purpose, passion and fitting all pieces of your experiences in your life together to create something that will make a difference. From the slums of India to parties with world-class celebrities, Adam shares his crazy journey of making an organisation to help give children education become a reality. This book will give you the inspiration you need to create your own project or appreciate the simple gift of your ability to read these words right now.

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

I genuinely couldn’t put this one down. Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love” dives into what it means to her to lead a creative life. Portrayed in an unconventional way that captures the imagination of the reader, peppered with a touch of fantasy. This insightful read provides a unique explanation of gaining inspiration and how to harness a curious nature. Gilbert discusses how one can tap into our creative nature whether it be applying to a big project or into everyday living. A pure joy to read!

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

This was actually the second time reading this book, and it was even more beneficial second time round!

Gretchen compiles research on happiness through the ages into a digestible account, Gretchen focuses on a different element of happiness each month for a year. It turns out money can buy happiness, it’s okay if partying doesn’t make you happy and clearing out your wardrobe can give you a buzz! Highly recommended if you're happy where you are but know you could be happier with the simple things.

The 20 Something Guide to Getting It Together - Mary Traina

I loved this book, filled with practical advice from forming good habits, getting your financial life in order, dating and generally how to master adulthood. Mary Traina regularly writes for Zooey Deschanel’s website, HelloGiggles which always has hilarious anecdotes, actionable advice and relatable scenarios.

This easy to follow guide will have you laughing the whole way through.

You are a Badass - Jen Sincero

This book was originally given to me by my friend Paul and I quote, “I absolutely hate this book….I think you will love it.” And I did...-ish. I couldn’t put this book down and it did give me a lot of insight from each chapter on how to achieve a “badass” life! There were a few pages however, that made me raise an eyebrow with confusion. But overall I really enjoyed as it is a funny and a distilled version of the "self-help" category. If you’re willing to take this book with a pinch of salt I would highly recommend it.

Next on my list:

The 4 Hour Working Week - Tim Ferris

Make Your Mark - Aliza Licht

GirlBoss - Sophia Amoruso

Have you read any of the above? Would love to know what you thought or if you have any recommendations for my list.


I wanted to add this in because I watched it recently and it's too good not to share. Minimalism takes us on journey into what it is to aim for a meaningful life with less and gave me an entirely new perspective. It's currently on Netflix - so easy to find.

I am not a minimalist yet (but I did send 2 bin liners of stuff to the charity shop after watching it - it's a start) and am trying to make small decisions with the lessons in this documentary in mind.

As always, thanks for reading 😊

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