36 Books to Read in Your Thirties

20180101_094947I cannot believe that I am turning 36 this year.  Well, more like 29 + $7 S&H.  I was wondering what I was going to post for the first post of 2018.  So, I decided to put a little something together for you.  It is a mixture of 36 books for you to read while you are in your thirties.

Let’s face it.  30s can be worse than your 20s.  You had all your fun, and now you are either married, with a family, career oriented, finishing school, trying to find what you are and where you want to be.  It is the decade of trying to find yourself, and you are confused.  Some say that it is best time for someone when they grow.  To me, it has been the best.  I have found myself trying new things.  I chopped all of my hair off, I tried sushi for the first time, I traded my car (that I paid in full at time of purchase), for a newer car, and the fact of car payments scare me.  I have a project that I am working on that is soon to be done, and many more.

Did I get your attention?  Good.  Let us proceed to the 36 books I have picked for you to read while you are going through the amazing decade that you will be facing.

  1. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

2. Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill

3. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

4. Desperate Characters – Paula Fox

5. Men We Reaped – Jassamyn Ward

6. Light Years – James Salter

7. The Empathy Exams – Leslie Jamison

8. The Ethical Slut – Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy

9. The Flame Throwers – Rachel Kushner

10. Play It as It Lays – Joan Didion

11. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

12. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

13. Swing Time – Zadie Smith

14. Confessions of a Scary Mommy – Jill Smohler

15. The Group – Mary McCarthy

16. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

17. Waiting to Exhale – Terry McMillan

18. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

19. #Girl Boss – Sophia Amoriso

20. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

21. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy

22. 10:04 – Ben Lerner

23. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

24. The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messled

25. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

26. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kessey

27. Yes Please – Amy Poehler

28. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde

29. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

30. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

31. Water for Elephants – Sara Green

32. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

33. Fun Home – Alison Bechdel

34. Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

35. The Art of Happiness – His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Howard C Cutler, M.D.

36. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

I made sure that I have something for everyone.  It does not matter where you are, who you are, or what you do.  I like to keep everything neutral for everyone.

My favorite out of this entire list?  The Picture of Dorian Grey.  Why?  I believe that it is a book that can show that no matter how you live your life, whether it is rich or poor, or man or woman, everyone has a flaw.  Dorian Grey has a flaw, it is the fact that he thinks of himself so much that he has lost sight of who he is and who he has lost.  His lack of presence is very well known, and he understand that.  It pretty much eats him alive, to where it is hard for him to understand what he did.  He loses people because others age unlike him.

The ending I did not like so much.  I was expecting more.  Something more dramatic, but it was not.  The whole book was written beautifully and dramatically, but the end was mediocre. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I believe you would too.

Another one of my favorites is The Art of Happiness.  I grew up depressed and high-functioning anxiety.  The last couple of years, I realized that I had hit rock bottom.  I felt like I was drowning in my own sadness, and I had no idea why I was sad.  The Art of Happiness is an amazing book.  The audiobook is amazing.  The author, Howard C. Cutler narrates, and has snippets of his interview with the Dalai Lama.  It is one thing to read the book, it is another to hear it.  The sound of the narrators voice, as well as the sound of the Dalai Lama is very soothing, and it is almost like both of them are in the same room as you.  You feel like you are a part of the conversation between the two.

One of my least favorite?  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  I read this back in high school, and it disturbed me.  Especially since we had to watch the movie after we had read the book.  It is not so much the story itself, but it is the way the main character was treated towards the end.  But, in actuality, that was the way a lot of hospitals such as this one was.  It kind of reminded me of American Horror Story Asylum.  One wrong doing, and torture was the prescription to fix anything.

You are probably wondering why I have added that to my list.  It is because it is almost like a wake up call.  The fact that we have it easy compared to those characters in the story.  Many people were admitted into hospitals such as this one for any little thing.  Nowadays, many people turn their heads.  It is a story that will definitely make you think about how easy life is today.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter and Like my Facebook page to see other books that I enjoy.

XOXO Lacey

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