The 20 best books to read in your thirties for growth and insight
If you had told my 22-year-old daughter that she would one day be looking for the best books to read in her thirties, she probably would have made a little joke about crypts. Of course, 10 years later, I realize how silly that is. In some ways, I feel younger now than when I was 25. Gathering a little life experience and perspective will do the trick.
This life experience also brought me back to craving books like I did when I was a kid. Before bed, while traveling, and whenever I need a little rest on a quiet afternoon, I find myself reaching for books more and more. I know from talking to friends that I am not the only one in this case. Maybe some of us just need a little time to remember how magical it is to read a really good story.
Now, back to those books to read in your thirties… I promise you won’t find anything about Crypts to come. I’ve divided this list into the types of books I’ve searched for the most (and my friends too). There are life-changing essay books (then lots!), inspiring memoirs, eternally good fictional stories, and unpublished works that became instant must-reads.
So grab a cozy blanket, pour a cup of tea (or wine), and settle in with a book that teaches, challenges, or entertains in insightful new ways. No matter which book you choose below, I can promise you one thing: you’ll never regret choosing it.
image above by Riley Blanks Reed
The 20 best books to read in your thirties
Memoirs and Essays
The key to a great book of memoirs or essays is to feel trust and a connection with the author. With this in mind, the following collections were written by wise, compassionate and witty women who are impossible not to fall in love with.
Books to help
I’m glad we’re done pretending that looking for a self-help book is something to be embarrassed about. Especially when it comes to finding hard-hitting books to read in your thirties, a pivotal decade for eating your worldview. The following works come from brilliant minds that shed some light on the world, both internally and all around.
Must read non-fiction
Diving into the world of non-fiction can be daunting, but the following picks are more than worth your time – we promise.
Classics to revisit
Chances are, these books will have ended up on your must-read list at some point. Now well into your adult life, a reread could reveal more meaning and nuance in these beloved tomes.