13 Must-Read Books for Millennials
Books have become so underrated. I can ask anyone of my friends, cousins, immediate family members, etc. if they like to read and a strong 95% of them will flat-out tell me “no.” (My grandmothers are the 5% who would say “yes.”) I love to read and can never understand why almost nobody else does. Maybe I can change that? The following lists of books are motivating, helpful, and necessary for any Millennial struggling to get a grasp on #adulting—from career advice, finance tips, easy but delicious recipes, and seeing the world in a different light, you will surely enjoy reading one of these books.
- I Just Graduated… Now What? Honest Answers From Those Who Have Been There by Katherine Schwarzenegger This book is a necessity. It offers essential and surprising advice for graduates. It answers many important questions such as: “How do I find my first job in a tough economy?”, “How do I decide between a career that pays well and one that I’m passionate about?”, “How do I balance work with friends, relationships, and family?”, “Should I take a ‘gap year’ before starting my first job?”, and “What should I do about my student loan debt?”
- Experience Passport: 45 Ways to broaden Your Horizons by Alex Enger This is a pocked-sized passport that guiders its readers to explore the world around them and have more life-enriching experiences through dozens of creative prompts.
- Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together (Sort of) by Arden Rose In this book, Arden Rose tells her readers how to survive their future adulthood, including how to assemble a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars and finding a decent date in our online world.
- Dinner Made Simple Cooking was most likely the last thing on your mind while in college. Whether meal swiping at the dining hall or having a late night ramen noodle snack, who actually spent their nights cooking? This cookbook is filled with 350 easy recipes that derive from 35 everyday ingredients, such as a box of spaghetti or ball of pizza dough.
- You are Doing a Freaking Great Job, by Workman Publishing Everyone reaches a point in their life, probably multiple times a week, if not multiple times a day, in which they need a little encouragement. This pocket-sized book is filled with nearly 200 uplifting and inspirational quotes, lyrics, and words of advice to help get you through your day.
- The Quarter Life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky Labeled by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com as a “fresh and engaging” book that will “inspire the next generation to lead with purpose”, this book is essential for individuals hitting their quarter-life crisis. Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky divides his life-changing book into three major parts: Invent your own path; Find meaningful work; and Build a life that matters.
- Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan This book answers five of life’s crucial questions: 1. “Wait, What?” 2. “I wonder…?” 3. “Couldn’t we at least…?” 4. “How can I help?” and 5. “What truly matters?” If you spend your time looking for the right answers to your unspoken questions, this book is definitely for you.
- Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent Alida Nugent shares what it takes to make the awkward leap from an undergraduate to an allegedly mature and responsible adult by expressing her mostly failed attempts at adulthood.
- You Are not Special and Other Encouragements by David McCullough Jr. This book doubles as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life and a love letter to students and parents. It takes on hovering parents, electronic distractions, and the applications and consequences of privilege. McCullough Jr. takes the pressure of being an extraordinary achiever off of students and, instead, pushes them to do something useful with their advantages.
- What You’re Really Meant to Do by Robert Steven Kaplan We too often let others define success for us, making it even more challenging that it already is to build a fulfilling life and career. This book explains how to approach defining your own success and reaching your potential as well as specific steps and exercises that help you understand yourself more deeply, take control of your career, and build your capabilities in a way that fits your passions and aspirations.
- They Don’t Teach Corporate in College 3rd Edition by Alexandra Levit This book expresses the unique needs and challenges of the current twenty-somethings, who are trying to make a difference but lack the core skills to make it happen. It includes relevant tips for building a transferable skillset, how to network and enhance your productivity in an increasingly digital world, and how to become an effective leader.
- Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown This book explains exactly how to act like an adult, even if you don’t want to be one (i.e. wearing a business suit to job interviews, but pajamas to the grocery store). It even has a section that everyone can definitely relate to: “Fake It Till You Make It”.
- What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles This book is an absolute necessity as it contains up-to-date information and advice for today’s job hunters and career changers. It has a multitude of sections, each important to the job search, including tips job interviews and what to do when your job-hunt isn’t working.
Luckily for you, these books have kindle versions—you can still lie in your bed or sit on the couch while scrolling on your phone. No one will even know you’re reading a book on how to get your life together and conquer the world. No one will be able to say “oh my, you’re reading?” They will, however, look shocked when you start #adulting better than them and they will start wondering how. What other books do you recommend on conquering #adulting and having a productive, yet fun, adult experience.
~Sarah Proto, VP of Unbanking