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A Decade of Good Reads: 10 Books to Read in Your Twenties

Our twenties are a time for self-discovery, for venturing off into exciting endeavors, and collecting inspiration as we go. Nowadays inspiration can be found right at the fingertips, whether it be a picture on Instagram or a viral Facebook video. The majority of us spend most of our days online and oftentimes have difficulty finding a pastime that doesn’t involve some kind of on screen action. Luckily, we still live in a world where the written word transcends cyber connectivity. Enter: books. Below are 10 books to read in your twenties that inspire, advise and awaken your true being.

Adventures for Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential by Shannon Kaiser
Sometimes, we hold ourselves back from fulfilling our biggest dreams out of fear of failure. In her book, Shannon Kaiser shares a guide of twenty-one innovative emotional explorations to daringly confront the habits that are holding us back, and provides the tools we need to courageously embrace your innermost desires. Pulling from her own experiences, Kaiser’s template utilizes an empowering process that encourages readers to: achieve their goals and remove limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging patterns.

Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey by Patrick Gaffney
This book recounts the lives of seven people who used their passion and creativity in the arts to influence and infuse others with values and understandings that are vital for their future and for their community. As an added bonus, at the book’s closing there are a few blank pages for the reader to write their own contribution. This is done to challenge the reader to create their individual final story, much like how the cards are dealt in real life.

Happy Women Live Better by Valerie Burton
In her book, Valerie Burton reveals 13 happiness triggers that can boost joy in an instant. Through these triggers, readers will learn to: bounce back from stress and adversity faster, enjoy deeper satisfaction in marriage and friendships, maximize career opportunities, and find ways to increase income.

Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference by Jeffrey W. Pryor and Alexandra Mitchell
If you ever felt as though you had no direction, this book will help you discover your path. Immerse yourself within pages of individuals that consider their jobs meaningful in cause-focused organizations. “Compassionate Careers” serves as an inspirational guide to finding purpose-driven work and offering advice to those who feel that sitting on the sidelines is simply not enough.

Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom by Colleen Saidman Yee
Life sometimes deals us a card that we were not expecting, making it difficult to handle certain obstacles. In “Yoga for Life,” Colleen Saidman Yee shares specific yoga sequences in each one of her chapters and addresses everything from hormonal mood swings to detoxing, depression, stress, and increased confidence and energy.

Living a Real Life with Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Stay Energized, the Kosher Way by Beth Warren
There is always a new fad diet that seems to be lurking around every corner waiting to make its entrance into celebrity Instagram profiles. But, although it worked for Kate Hudson that time during her photoshoot, it might not work for you in the long run. Registered dietician and certified nutritionist Beth Warren offers advice using a kosher perspective. She relies on science and her clients’ experiences to show that the best way to lose weight, build strength, and help fight obesity-related diseases is to eat natural, organic, foods and prepare them with love.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love by Richard and Kristine Carlson
In this book, authors Richard and Kristine Carlson advise couples on how to live together with revived passion; how not to let the little everyday irritations bother them, and how to appreciate each other in new and exciting ways. With their practical essays and helpful advice, the Carlson’s shed a brighter light on relationships that are having connection issues.

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
“Plenty More” is the sequel to Ottolenghi’s bestseller “Plenty.” A must-have book for vegetarians or any person looking to add more vegetables into their diet. “Plenty More” is organized by various cooking methods, and more than 150 scrumptious recipes that instruct on how to use spices, seasonings, and bold flavors.

Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100 by Dr. Maoshing Ni
Living long and living happy is a goal for many. Reaching that goal isn’t always easy, but according to Dr. Maoshing Ni, it can be. Doctor to Hollywood stars and a Tai Chi master specializing in longevity, Dr. Maoshing Ni brings together simple and unusual ways to live longer, providing a variety of proven ways to make anyone’s stay on earth much happier.

Peace: Steps to Achieving Happiness Through Acts of Love, Compassion, Kindness, Tolerance and Forgiveness by Tsem Rinpoche
Peace lives within all of us, we simply have to be aware and feel its presence. Tsem Rinpoche brings us back to basics with his eloquent analysis of creating peace and lasting harmony within ourselves and the people around us.This book was intended to help readers realize that the power of peace lies within themselves.

By Kristina Coronel

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