Books to help you through your late 20’s, early 30’s, or just in life
The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World’s Best Writers
Like many others my age, I have been fortunate to travel around the world since I left school. There will always be more places I want to visit than I will be able to get to, but I will continue to explore when I can and soak up every cultural experience possible.
The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology is a collection of 35 essays, stories, and tales from both travel and fiction authors from around the world.
If this doesn’t spark your passion for travel, or inspire you to book that flight, I would be surprised.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
You know when you read a book that you think has changed your life? This is one of them. In this book you will follow the journey of an Andalusian shepherd in his search for worldly treasures. This story will resonate with you and your search for ‘something better’. It will teach you to listen to your heart, take opportunities and to follow your dreams. It is one I often reread when I think I have lost perspective on what is important to me.
Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need – Scott Pape
This book has been around for a while but was updated last year, paying homage to my age – I noticed it was a popular Christmas gift among my friends last year. Read this book and use it as a guide to help you achieve your saving and money goals. It is practical and useful. There are even Facebook groups for people who want to share their learnings, tips and tricks.
Beautiful Chaos – Robert M Drake
Who hasn’t come across those beautiful and sentimental quotes on Facebook and Instagram where you think ‘that has literally just captured everything I am going through right now’? Most likely, those quotes are written by R. M. Drake and are in this book. It might even inspire you to start jotting down your thoughts and feelings.
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
This book is not for the fainted hearted, it can be a little difficult to read and frustrating at times. But if you stick to it, you will find yourself putting the book down often and dwelling on the words you have just read.
It jumps between two stories, both of which are autobiographical. It all starts with the story of the author who travels to Ukraine in search of Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather’s life from the Nazis in World War 2.
It is funny, it is sad, it breaks your heart and boy, will it make you think.
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
This is a book written by the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, who is a woman. She gives frank advice to women on how to make the most of opportunities and how to be heard. Don’t be fooled that this book is only for women. While it is an inspiring book for any woman wanting a kick-ass career, it is also a great insight for men as to the battles we as women experience in the workplace (it could help you recognise your unconscious bias).
The Between Boyfriends Book – Cindy Chupak
Written by the writer / executive producer of Sex and the City, this book found me after a particularly hard break up. I was in a cute coffee shop / second hand book shop in Sydney when it jumped out at me. It is a look at the world of dating (before social media). It is funny! It will help you recognise the patterns we tend to fall into while dating and between. If you are between boyfriends, or after a laugh, give this a go.