50 Books To Read Before 30

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You know how they use to give you a summer reading list every year at school, and you were meant to complete all of the books on the list before you began the upcoming year? Well, I never really completed any of those lists when I was in school, but I definitely want to complete this one.

In about 3 and half years, I have a pretty big milestone birthday (the big 3-0), and I realized that I still have a lot of things I’d like to do before I get there. Therefore, I have decided to make a list of books that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, but I have been meaning to do so for SO long. Of course there are a LOT of other books I’d like to read in the next 3 years that I haven’t yet gotten to (or that aren’t even published yet), but these 50 books are the ones that I feel I should be held most accountable for. Instead of just saying, “I’ll get to it when I get to it,” I’m putting them on the internet so that I feel more embarrassed once 2018 rolls around and I haven’t gotten through the list yet!

These books are in no particular order (they’re actually in a fairly random order), and they vary in genres and popularity. Some are a series of books that most of you will say, “She hasn’t read those yet? WHAT!?” Some of them you’ll say, “Why the h*** would she want to read THAT?!” Some are self-help, some are classics, and some are just flat-out random, but they are all books that I feel I should definitely read before I turn thirty. So, here we go:

Books To Read Before I Turn 30

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin

2. Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austin

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young

4. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, by Toby Young

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. by Douglas Adams

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

6. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

7. On The Road, by Jack Kerouac

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

8. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

9. Girls In White Dresses, by Jennifer Close

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

10. The Girls’ Guide To Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Bank

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

11. She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb

Tine beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

12. Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed

Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford

13. Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar, by Kelly Oxford

Emma by Jane Austen

14. Emma, by Jane Austen


15. #Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso

Add More ~ing To Your Lofe by Gabrielle Bernstein

16. Add More ~ing To Your Life, by Gabrielle Bernstein

On Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

17. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

18. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

21. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

23. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

24. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

26. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

27. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

28. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

29. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

30. The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

31. The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

32. Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

In The Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

33. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kaheman

34. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

35. The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

36. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

Make Your Mark The Creative's Guide to Building a Business With Impact

37. Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey

38. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey

How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

39. How To Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer

40. The Power of Intention, by Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Curse of the Good GIrl by Rachel Simmons

41. The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls With Courage and Confidence, by Rachel Simmons

A Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

42. The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

43. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink

44. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

45. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

46. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

47. The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

48. Self-Help, by Lorrie Moore

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

49. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, by Eimear McBride

Miracles Now, by Gabrielle Bernstein

50. Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose, by Gabrielle Bernstein


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  • http://RealLifeonReagan.blogspot.com Jenni Casey

    Loving this this! I have a goal to read 30 books in the next 6 months before I turn 30! Thank you for the inspiration and great ideas!

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you, Jenni! That is awesome that you have a list too! I just figured that if I don’t just set a timeline as to when I want to read these books, I’ll just keep putting it off, which isn’t ever a good thing lol. Best of luck with getting through your list! I know you can do it!! :)

  • http://www.TheBusinessDarling.com Kat Khatibi

    Great list, I think I’ve knocked out most of these already yay! I was interested in Add more ING to Your Life, but Gabrielle Bernstein. Who do you think would best enjoy that book? What areas does she focus on? Looks like I might dig it. xoxo

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you, Kat! I’m not too sure about Add More Ing to Your Life because I haven’t read it yet, but I do love Gabrielle Bernstein. I watch a lot of her videos on youtube, and she is definitely more on the spiritual side of things. She discusses meditation and manifesting as well, but she talks a lot about spirituality. You should definitely check out her youtube channel, though if you get the chance! xoxo

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