Top Five Non-Fiction Books to Read in Your 20s


George R.R. Martin, the author of famous ‘A Game of Thrones’ has quoted- “A mind needs a book in the same way a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge”. Books offer versatile roles to play in the life of a person in 20s. They can become a guide, friend, companion as well as master. However, one must choose these roles in a very wise manner so as to mold himself in a right way. Non- fictions are fairly a better option for reading in the 20s, as they offer honest experiences of life and about mistakes and their consequences. Here is a list of five non-fiction books for your reading delight-



  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin- By Benjamin Franklin


A few years back in one of the radio shows, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was asked to suggest one book for the young generation of India and he replied ‘The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin’.  This proves how capable this book is to create impacts in the mind of people. However, this impact can only be potentially used if it is created in young minds.



  • Night- By Elie Wiesel


The winner of The Nobel Peace Prize, this book is probably the most dramatic book of this list. The book unfolds Wiesel’s experiences in Nazi Concentration Camps. The book takes us on a journey, where author slowly loses his faith in humanity after facing unimaginable evils that still exist in today’s world. The book is capable of changing the life and the perspective with which we look towards the world.



  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- By Stephen R. Covey


One of the most realistic book of its time, that insists on working deep into the thinking process of mind but not on the superficial quick fixes. It provides an insight into how changing perspective can lead to major changes in our lives.  



  • Long Walk to Freedom- By Nelson Mandela


It is the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, a revolutionist and former president of South Africa. The book embarks on the journey of Mandela being born in a royal family to an anti-apartheid revolutionist and ultimately becoming the first president of South Africa. The book teaches about the history, struggles, and victories of the human civilization.



  • The Defining Decade- Why your twenties matter- And how to make the most of them- By Meg Jay


Meg Jay is a famous psychologist specialized in treating the 20s. Through her book, she explains the common complaints of 20s people and shows a way to how to make most out of 20s. She also concludes that though things earlier common in the 20s have shifted to 30s, yet 30s is not the 20s.

Some of you reading the list might feel that there are a lot better books that the ones on the list and even I agree with that. But then, I would like to mention a quote by Haruki Murakami, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking”.


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