The other day I had searched ‘books for twenty something’s’ or something along those lines, and ended up with an article from Buzzfeed. When the first book recommended was Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I could already predict the rest of the list: Books about single women doing their thing, plus a couple of cliché business and self-improvement books.
Yep, I was right. The next book was Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Even more disturbing was that this list was written by a man.
This is one of the reasons I started Masculine Books, that is, to provide a list of great books for men to choose from.
Before I go any further, let’s just jump right into the ‘8 Books Twenty Somethings Should Read’:
30 Days of Discipline by Victor Pride
The main reason people don’t accomplish anything noteworthy in life is because they lack the discipline to do so. They don’t have that willpower that forces them to workout consistently or to sit down and read a good book.
30 Days of Discipline is unlike most other books as it requires you to take action. You are forced to internalize the habits that Victor Pride lays out, which sets this books above others on the same subject.
Many guys who have done the book will tell you how difficult it is, but it is through this difficulty that you will come out a better man.
4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
There’s too many books out there to count on the subject of travel, online entrepreneurship etc. but Four Hour Workweek was the book that really seemed to set the trend.
Though the book isn’t perfect, I think it will be incredibly beneficial to twenty somethings for two reasons:
- It shows that there are alternatives to the traditional 40 Hour Workweek
- The productivity advice is phenomenal
If you use the productivity advice from this book, and combine it with the willpower learned in 30 Days of Discipline you’re already going to be at a significant advantage over your peers.
(Click here to read my review of the 4 Hour Workweek)
Bang by Roosh V
Just as there’s too many ‘Make Money Online’ books to count, there’s just as many books about dating and banging woman. I like Roosh’s book for the fact that it’s fluid and concise. It also provides plenty of applicable advice, and isn’t rooted in evo-psych theory and similar concepts.
Personally, I don’t recommend that guys spend inordinate amounts of time chasing women in their twenties–there’s more important things to do. That said being able to talk to girls as you please is one of the most coveted skills that all twenty something men should seek to develop.
Bachelor Pad Economics by Aaron Clarey
You would think that at some point in the 15 or so years we spend in a classroom, someone would teach us about money, how to make it, save it, spend it etc. Sorry, you’re on your own.
This is where Bachelor Pad Economics comes in. It’s in my opinion a fantastic resource for men to learn the ins and outs of everything finance related. I don’t agree with everything said in the book, but nonetheless it’s an incredibly valuable resource, especially for young, single men.
(Click here to read my review of Bachelor Pad Economics)
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
The internet age has given us an incredible opportunity to break from the traditional mold society has dictated for us. In Choose Yourself, James Altucher pushes us to take the path less traveled and ‘Choose Ourselves’ rather than someone else or a corporation.
The premise of the book is that ideas are the new currency. Therefore, instead of investing time and money into college or working for someone else, you should work on your own ideas.
I personally like college and don’t think working for someone else is the end of the world. That said, this book will really show you why you need to develop your ideas and question society’s rules.
(Click here to read my review of Choose Yourself)
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
If you reverse-engineer well liked people, you’ll notice that most of them exhibit these qualities anyway. It’s simply a matter of these characteristics being put down on paper.
If there’s one self-help book you’re going to read, this is it.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
My biggest regret in college was not doing any networking. Certain schools are more conducive to networking than others, but nonetheless twenty somethings should always be meeting people.
For me networking was so hard because I consider myself quite introverted and am not a big chit-chatter. Reading Never Eat Alone put networking in a different perspective, a logical one that I could relate to.
In fact, I met someone the other day while waiting for the subway. I recognized him from an event I just went to and started a conversation with him. I then got his e-mail and sent him one the next day as per Ferrazzi’s recommendations.
This book is filled cover to cover with actionable advice. I’m sure there’s other great books on networking, but this seems to be the best of the bunch.
Walden by Henry David Throeau
Self Reliance. Independence. These are the marks of a masculine man.
Walden is far from my favorite book–it’s often dull. Yet, I recommended Walden because the message is so powerful. Not only that, but Thoreau actually practices what he preaches, unlike most modern self-help gurus.
(Click here to read my review of Walden)
Okay, I know what you’re thinking.
Where’s the philosophy books?
If you’ve seen some of the posts on Masculine Books, then you know I read a variety of books. The reason I chose 8 non-fiction books, specifically these ones, was because all these books contain solid, actionable advice (perhaps with the exception of Walden). A few of them happen to be recent reads, so maybe I’m a bit biased.
To choose these books, I asked what is it that twenty somethings need to develop? In my opinion:
- Dating Skills
- Business and Networking Skills
- Social Skills
These books fit the bill perfectly. Although I love history and Russian literature, they don’t do as much for young men as these books do.
Quality Over Quantity
If you were to have the option of reading just these eight books or eighty random books on business and self-improvement, these eight would be the best choice by far.
Too many people confuse the idea of reading more with more results. This is not the case whatsoever.
Also, reading eight books is much more manageable than reading eighty, or even thirty-five as the Buzzfeed list provided. Many guys don’t read at all, so its much better for them to focus on reading a handful of quality, non-fiction books then trying to go through dozens.
If you’re a twenty something and haven’t read all these books, I highly recommend you do. Let me know how you enjoy them.
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