The quarter-life crisis is officially the new mid-life crisis, and with so much pressure on us to succeed via social media, the news, and our peers, it’s not hard to see why. Many young professionals are cracking under the weight of their own potential, and finding it a struggle to live with purpose, meaning and a strong sense of identity in a world that’s changing faster than ever. But fear not! These 10 books are perfect for soul-searching, interior reflection or simply offering a few words of comfort when you’re down.
The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters
By: Adam Smiley PoswolskyCreating a life filled with purpose, meaning, and fulfillment often requires taking a few wrong turns first, and for Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky, this entailed working in a high-profile job that made him completely miserable. If you’re currently stuck in a gig you can’t stand and you’re looking to break free, reading The Quarter-Life Breakthrough could be a great starting point for your transformation.
20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter Life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction
By: Christine HasslerSpecifically geared towards women in their twenties and thirties, 20-Something, 20-Everything by Christine Hassler offers advice for anyone who’s looking to make a big change and create the life they’ve always wanted. Learn how to take ownership of your destiny, go for what you truly want and stay authentic along the way with this honest and heartfelt book.
Conquering Your Quarter-Life Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your Twenties
By: Kali RogersIf you’ve ever felt like everyone around you is getting engaged while you’re eating ramen in your pyjamas alone, then Conquering Your Quarter-Life Crisis could be for you. Read about the symptoms of a quarter-life crisis and how to navigate careers and relationships as a new adult in this honest and upfront look at life as a twenty-something
The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else
By: Holly B. Rogers, MDToday’s twenty-somethings are plagued by unrelenting pressures, insecurities and stressors. One of the greatest gifts you could give yourself (especially if you’re experiencing a quarter-life crisis!) is to slow down, relax and work on your mindfulness skills. The co-founder of the Koru Mindfulness Program at Duke University penned The Mindful Twenty-Something, so you can rest assured that it’s full of expert tips and scientific facts.
Bloom: Navigating Life and Style
By: Estée LalondeIn her book, Bloom: Navigating Life and Style, YouTube sensation Estée Lalonde shares personal stories and thought-provoking tips on creating yourself from the ground up. With her down-to-earth voice and relatable advice, Lalonde will remind you that you’re never alone on your journey, and you always have the power to be you, boldly and unapologetically.
Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood
By: Mari AndrewYou’ve seen her hilarious and relatable illustrations on social media, and now Mari Andrew is making her first foray into the world of publishing with a book on the complex and confusing lives of burgeoning adults. Check out her inspiring essays, comforting words, and fun-loving imagery in Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now
By: Meg JayFor many twenty-somethings, feeling lost, confused or “adrift in the ocean” are everyday emotions—with so many paths at their fingertips, how could they possibly choose just one? In this practical guide to early adulthood and beyond, clinical psychologist Meg Jay offers motivating (and somewhat terrifying) advice on getting your act together in your twenties so that your thirties, forties and fifties are all smooth sailing.
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
By: Kelly Williams BrownIn this funny and practical guide to the horrifying A word—Adulting—blogger Kelly Williams Brown offers real-world advice for easing into maturity without losing your childlike charm. Learn important lessons like how not to hook up with co-workers and keeping your toilet paper stash fully stocked because let’s face it: these topics just aren’t covered in school.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By: Jen SinceroFinding the courage and confidence to move forward can be one of the toughest challenges of the twenty-something years. Allow author and success coach Jen Sincero to show you the way to the life of your dreams through entertaining anecdotes, inspiring words and fun exercises to stop doubting and start doing.
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
By: Meera Lee PatelWhy read someone else’s words when you can write your own? Sometimes, the best way to get past a life crisis is by letting it all flow out on paper. Grab a cup of tea and put your feet up to discover your internal thoughts, motivations and deepest desires with this beautiful and thoughtful journal by well-known illustrator Meera Lee Patel.
10 Books to Read for a Quarter-Life Crisis
The quarter-life crisis is officially the new mid-life crisis, and with so much pressure on us to succeed via social media, the news, and our peers, it’s not hard to see why. Many young professionals are cracking under the weight of their own potential, and finding it a struggle to live with purpose, meaning and … Continued