The List

Buzzfeed’s “The 65 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s”

  1. The Emperor’s Children- Claire Messud
  2. What She Saw…- Lucinda Rosenfeld
  3. The Deptford Trilogy- Robertson Davies
  4. The Secret History- Donna Tartt
  5. Giovanni’s Room- James Baldwin
  6. A Visit from the Goon Squad- Jennifer Egan
  7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Diaz
  8. Lucy- Jamaica Kincaid
  9. The Moviegoer- Walker Percy
  10.  White Teeth- Zadie Smith
  11.  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay- Michael Chabon
  12.  Infinite Jest- David Foster Wallace
  13.  Bright Lights, Big City- Jay McInerney
  14.  The Namesake- Jhumpa Lahiri
  15.  Call Me by Your Name- Andre Aciman
  16.  The Rachel Papers- Martin Amis
  17.  Song of Solomon- Toni Morrison
  18.  The Sun Also Rises- Ernest Hemingway
  19.  Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
  20.  A Home at the End of the World- Michael Cunningham
  21.  The Sandman Series- Neil Gaiman
  22.  The Group- Mary McCarthy
  23.  Quicksand and Passing- Nella Larsen
  24.  Pastoralia- George Saunders
  25. Ready Player One- Ernest Cline
  26.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius- Dave Eggers
  27.  The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
  28.  Main Street- Sinclair Lewis
  29.  His Dark Materials- Philip Pullman
  30.  Generation X- Douglas Coupland
  31.  The Fortress of Solitude- Jonathan Lethem
  32.  House-Keeping- Marilynne Robinson
  33.  I Love Dick- Chris Kraus
  34.  On the Road- Jack Kerouac
  35.  Even Cowgirls Get the Blues- Tom Robbins
  36.  Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World- Haruki Murakami
  37.  Bossypants- Tina Fey
  38.  Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bourdain
  39.  How to Lose Friends and Alienate People- Toby Young
  40.  The Dirt- Motley Crue and Neil Strauss
  41.  Lunar Park- Bret Easton Ellis
  42.  Just Kids- Patti Smith
  43.  Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
  44.   Oh the Glory of it All- Sean WIlsey
  45.  I Don’t Care About Your Band- Julie Klausner
  46.  Wild- Cheryl Strayed
  47.  Lit- Mary Karr
  48.  I’m with the Band- Pamela Des Barres
  49.  Dear Diary- Lesley Arfin
  50.  The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton- Anne Sexton
  51.  Actual Air- David Berman
  52.  The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch- Kenneth Koch
  53.  Alien vs. Predator- Michael Robbins
  54.  The Collected Poems of Audre Lord- Audre Lord
  55.  Me Talk Pretty One Day- David Sedaris
  56.  How to be a Woman- Caitlin Moran
  57.  My Misspent Youth- Meghan Daum
  58.  Slouching Towards Bethlehem- Joan Didion
  59.  Up in the Old Hotel- Joseph Mitchell
  60.  How to Cook Everything- Mark Bittman
  61.  How’s Your Drink?- Eric Felten
  62.  The Elements of Style- Strunk & White
  63.  Letters to a Young Contrarian- Christopher Hitchens
  64.  Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain- Betty Edwards
  65.  He’s Just Not That Into You- Liz Tuccillo

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