11 Books to Read by the Time You're 30

So you're approaching the big 3-0. Well, before that milestone arrives, we have a few things you need to do first. There are some important life skills you need to master, a few culinary skills to accomplish, travel experiences to add to your bucket list, and some things you should probably ditch from your home too—stat. But in all seriousness, this is a monumental turning point in everyone's life, and once reached it should be welcomed with a pat on the back for all the skills and achievements you've gained by that point. 

But before you get there, it's time to relish your 20s and indulge your eternal thirst for knowledge, restless desire for new experiences, and insatiable hunger for spiritual awareness and emotional understanding. So we compiled the definitive literary bucket list to support your journey along the way—and give your bookshelf a scholarly makeover. Whether you're just about to enter or leave the defining decade, these 11 books will teach you a thing or two about love, adventure, creativity, philosophy, and career, one book at a time (before your memory officially starts to decline).