It seems like millennials are always getting in trouble, but the truth is that they’re a generation of boundary-breakers and thinkers who go outside the box. A lot of us also love reading. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 40 books for millennials that should be in every person’s library. These books will satisfy your desire for everything from personal growth to beautiful storytelling.
Daily Rituals: Women at Work
by Mason Currey
Readers who wonder how artists, scientists, and other successful people do what they do will find out in Daily Rituals. Mason Currey talks about the choices that great women made as they made their way to great things, like Marie Curie, Zadie Smith, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, and so many more!
No Hard Feelings
by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink, two big names in personal development, chose No Hard Feelings to be part of their Next Big Idea Club. This should show you how good it is. The book is written by organizational consultants who know a lot about how people act in the workplace. It’s a practical guide to how to deal with your emotions in the workplace. Take a look at this page for all the advice you need on how to feel your feelings (or not) at work.
by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA
There is a real thing called burnout. They show in this book that it affects women and men in different ways. People in Burnout will be able to see and understand how tired they are. Better still, you’ll learn how to fight the forces that are making you tired.
by Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur
Office besties are more than just memes. The appropriately named Work Wife has all the proof you need to celebrate yours every day of the week. This book is full of stories about the power of work wives through the stories of businesses and brands like Food52, the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, and the winning American volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Thinking in Bets
by Annie Duke
In the end, life is a series of choices that aren’t always well thought out. Annie Duke is a former poker player who now works as a business consultant. In Thinking in Bets, she talks about how she used her own experience of playing the odds to help people. Readers will learn that uncertainty doesn’t have to be scary through real-world examples in sports, business, and more. They will also learn that uncertainty doesn’t have to be scary. You’ll also get practical advice on how to make hard decisions, even if you don’t think you have all of the facts at the moment.
The Making of a Manager
by Julie Zhuo
Your hard work has paid off. You’ve finally gotten the promotion you’ve been working for all these years. Do you want to know what people say? In this case, you have a lot of power. Congrats! But, do you know what you’re doing, or are you just doing it without any thought? With practical, actionable advice from The Making of a Manager, readers will learn how to be great managers. If you don’t connect well with an employee, don’t have the information that’s expected of you, or find yourself in a bad situation, this book will help you figure out how to deal with it.
How to Skimm Your Life
by The Skimm
Over the last few years, The Skimm has become the most popular source for easy-to-read news. In How to Skimm Your Life, they take their style even further. A lot of adulting topics are covered in the book, including finance, negotiating, and taxes. It gives you all the information you need and none of the information you don’t need about a lot of things.
100 Side Hustles
by Chris Guillebeau
The thing about side hustles right now is that there are so many ways to make extra money that it can be hard to know where to start. 100 Side Hustles is a book that tells real stories about people who made a lot of money with their side jobs. Even if you don’t have a lot of skills or experience, you’ll be inspired by these case studies to start your own money-making business.
The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg
At all times, we’re working to be our best selves by making better habits. We try to work out more consistently, be more efficient in the workplace and set ourselves up for eight hours of sleep every night. People who read Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, will learn about the science of habits and how to make better ones. Duhigg also gives readers the tools they need to make better habits.
by Ottessa Moshfegh
Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation are two other books by Ottessa Moshfegh that people who like her work will be excited to read McGlue, her first novella. Meet the main character, McGlue. He’s being held for a crime that he can’t remember. Memory is what kind of thing it is. Choose this title to find out.
by Sally Rooney
In the last few years, Sally Rooney has become the face of millennial literature, and for good reason. Normal People is the story of a long-term friendship between Connell and Marianne. It shows how their mental health, romance, and circumstances change over time. A smart book about life in your late teens and early 20s will make people think back to their own relationships.
Conversations with Friends
by Sally Rooney
In Conversations with Friends, we get a look at the weird things that happen in the modern millennial’s life. It’s a story about relationships with other people, adultery, class, and intimacy that’s just a little too close for comfort. People will feel Frances’ hopes, awkwardness, regret, and pain thanks to Rooney, who writes in a very sharp 20-something voice.
by Lara Williams
The word “supper club” conjures up images of rich and beautiful people getting together to eat good food. Readers will get that and a lot more in this book. Main character Roberta starts a supper club because she feels stuck in her life. She invites a group of women who are different from each other to come over for a meal and to make new friends, They eat together in the dark, having fun and encouraging each other to be who they really are.