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15 Classic Books Everyone Should Read In Their Lifetime Part I
The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before. Still, some books are best experienced at a certain age, like, say, "Catcher in the Rye.
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30 books everyone should read before turning 30
Some books are best read at a certain age. Even the novels and memoirs you might consider timeless -- Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye or Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking -- can serve a special purpose if consumed during a particular phase in your life. That particular phase is, of course, your 20s. The much celebrated, sometimes maligned, decade is an undeniably impressionable one. You've happily exited your teens, slowly freeing yourself of the weighty angst you carried throughout high school.
Great literature grows out of periods of change, and there are few transitions more more, well, transitional than the end of your twenties and the onset of the whole rest of your life. Here are 30 favorites from an informal poll of TIME staffers. Contact us at editors time. Ifemelu leaves her native Nigeria to study in the U. But when they reunite in Lagos 15 years later, everything has changed. Get it now. A young American man living in Paris confronts his sexuality after entering into a romantic relationship with an Italian bartender named Giovanni.
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by Maya Angelou
Your 20s are supposed to be a blast, but when researchers ask those approaching 30 how they're faring, an incredible 86 percent report being in the grips of some form of quarter-life crisis. Meanwhile, other studies show the pressures on young adults have been steadily ratcheting up. In short, with the economy and society in flux, this is one of the most baffling times to enter adulthood in recent history.
While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way. To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists. It's an eclectic selection that focuses on topics like understanding your identity, shaping your worldview, and laying the foundation for a fulfilling career. As you become an adult, you realize that there will never be a time in your life where everything is just as you hoped it would be. As Gregory Hays notes in the introduction to his translation, Aurelius wrote his musings on resilience and leadership in a "dark and stressful period" in the last decade of his life.