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5 Books You Should Read Before You Are 20

5 Books You Should Read Before You Are 20

Alannah Murray

Whether you have some spare time in lockdown to do some reading or if you are an avid reader who never put the books down, here is a lost of empowering and inspiring books everyone should read before they turn 20.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne


Ever heard of manifesting? The law of attraction? All that stuff? Ever wanted to give it a go but don’t know where to start, well ‘The Secret’ is for you.

Rhonda breaks down what the law of attraction is, how it works and how to make it work for you. This book will make you rethink how the world works and will leave you with a more positive energy about life, as she says the positive energy you give out will always bounce back to you.

A Vindication of The Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft


The word feminist was not in existence when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote her ground-breaking work on the education of women, but it is one of the very first pieces of feminist literature there is. Wollstonecraft, through her work, inspired many feminist movements and breakdowns the logic in the equal rights of men and women.

Lost Connections – Johann Hari


One of the most moving and utterly stunning written books, following the story of a man as he travelled the world, interviewing experts in depression and anxiety.

The book explores themes of the causes of depression and anxiety, the whys and the how’s, and if anything can be done to aid people who are suffering from mental illness.

A great book to change your world outlook.

Turning the Tide – Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky, a philosopher who is regularly called ‘the father of modern linguistics’, has never been shy in criticizing what needs to be criticised, US intervention in other countries. This book will open a world that you weren’t even sure was there. His criticisms of US intervention and violations of human rights open hundreds of other arguments and shed light on the deep wrongdoings of the global superpowers.

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Women don’t owe you pretty – Florence Given


The debut book of Florence Given has gone viral over the past year, so if you haven’t read it yet, you need to read it now.

Florence breaks down the internal structures of sexism in our modern world in a relatable but serious way. One of the most empowering books ever to be published, Florence leaves no page unturned and strikes for the heart of feminist issues that every woman faces today.

Are there any books you think should be read before you turn 20?

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