9 Books to Read in Your 30s (They're Life-Changing)
There are some books that are particularly poignant at certain moments in our lives. They're the coming-of-age stories we turn to for insights on life, love, and loss at pivotal moments of transition and self-discovery. While the phrase "coming-of-age" probably conjures up images of rebellious teenagers, contrary to popular belief, the genre isn't limited to readers under thirty. Just as Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird are timeless tomes for teens, and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior are must-reads for twenty-somethings, these are the books that belong on every 30-something's bookshelf.
From Nora Ephron's hilarious musings on motherhood to Jenny Offill's heart-wrenchingly beautiful thoughts on marriage to Toni Morrison's masterful portrayal of friendship's complexities, the books on this list lend a particular perspective to womanhood that all thirty-somethings can appreciate at this moment in their lives. Ranging from timeless classics to enlightening memoirs and works of contemporary fiction, here are nine life-changing books to read in your 30s.