There are plenty of entertainment options at your disposal—from watching funny YouTube videos on the small screen of your phone to watching an epic IMAX movie in 3D at the local multiplex. Still, nothing compares to getting lost in the pages of a good book. Reading is not only an enjoyable pastime, but is also proven to relieve stress, stimulate your mind and improve your memory. So pick up one of these titles from any of the local book stores near your apartment, flip on the fireplace and curl up while you consume its contents.
To Find Independence
One of Virginia Woolf’s most celebrated works is the long essay A Room of One’s Own. She challenges readers to be better people, and explores the value of both financial and emotional freedom.
For Mystery and Suspense
Long before Gillian Flynn penned the psychological thriller Gone Girl, Agatha Christie published upwards of 66 crime novels, each title as fascinating as it is unpredictable. Every 20-something should read at least one of Christies novels. A few time-honored faves include:
If you want a more modern mystery complete with marital revenge and multiple plot-twists, try The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (out February 3).
For Poignant Perspective
Even if you read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird in high school, it’s worth a reread in your 20s. The themes explored in this classic title are as relevant today as they were in 1960. It offers perspective on racially-charged events and can also be applied to other polarizing topics in the world today.
To Feel Better About Your Own Dysfunctional Family
The Vacationers by Emma Straub explores the intricacies of different family relationships in a way that is lighthearted and fun, yet very insightful. After finishing the juicy novel set on an island of Mallorca you’ll be a bit more grateful for your family, even if they don’t behave exactly as you think they should.
Think beyond the latest bestseller list when looking for must-read books that are both engaging and entertaining. The shelves of your local book stores are filled with titles that won’t disappoint.
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