5 Books Every Millennial Should Read to Beat Their Quarter Life Crisis

There are millions upon millions of books out there claiming to be able to help you improve your life. In order to make your life easier, I have narrowed down what I think are the best book for Millennials.

If you are looking to grow as a person, take your life by the balls, own your goals, kick your quarter life crisis, or just a good read, these are for you! Sit back, relax and read your way into some potentially mind blowing, life altering, and earth shattering knowledge.

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Not sure if you are a Millennial? Read this post to know more about the generation. Or if you want to learn more about the Millennial Quarter Life Crises, read this. If you are a Millennial girl looking for inspiration, click here.

The subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson

I was super excited for this book to come out because Mark Manson is one of my favorite bloggers. You can read more of his writing, on his blog, here. This book is the self-help book for people who don’t like “self-help.” It is very honest in it’s portrayal of how life actually is. Manson calls it the “counter intuitive approach to living a good life.” It is also a New York Times bestseller, with over a million copies sold so far!

How this book can help you. This book can help change the way you look at life and happiness. Unlike other self-help books that claim that you should be happy all of the time, Manson contradicts that notion in a very thoughtful way. He introduces a lot of concepts that will help Millennials especially, escape their quarter-life crisis.

This book is a great read for any Millennial (also one of my personal favorites). It provides a humorous and funny read for those looking for a fresh and honest prospective on life. Get your copy of the book here.

The power of Habits

By Charles Duhigg

To be honest, I haven’t read the entire book because I already know the power that habits can have! However, I can attest to this books abilities to really help you be more successful. The two people who told me about this book, have reached their goals because of the lessons they learned from it.

How this book can help you. This book really gets into the heart of how people (including you) are built up of habits. This book has the potentially to really reshape the way you think about the process you are using to get things done and achieve your goals. It can teach you how to get more done without a lot of effort! You can buy a copy of the book off of Amazon, here.

Outliers: The story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

This book I read in a college sociology class and it quickly became one of my favorites. If you have not heard of Malcolm Gladwell take a minute to read up on him (here)! He has written many other books on how people work and think and this one is definitely one of his most popular. In this book Gladwell outlines how people like Bill Gates became so successful.

How this book can help you. This book for me made me feel better about where I was in life. We are so busy comparing ourselves to other people, who are years ahead of us that we forget that we have years to go. I think a lot of Millennials become jaded because we thought we would be a lot more successful a lot faster than we are.

This book showed me that in order to be successful at anything, you have to put in at least 10,000 hours and be a little lucky! This really orients your mind and reminds you that everything you want takes time. It’s okay not to be where you want to be yet and with a little luck and hard work you can get there. Get a copy of the book here.

The life-changing magic of tidying up

By Marie Kondo

I would not be surprised if you have heard of this book already! As another New York Times bestseller and referenced on the Netflix Gilmore Girls reboot, this one has been very popular in the last year. I know, it may seem weird to think that a book about tidying up can help you kick your quarter life crisis. But this book is also about cleaning out your mind!

How this book can help you. Not only will this book help you declutter your things, but it can also help you declutter your mind and your entire life. It teaches you not only about tidying up and organizing but also how the mess is a reflection of your mental state.

This book has processes and mindsets that can help keep you motivated and focused. As Millennials, it doesn’t hurt to have a little less stuff to distract us from what we want to accomplish. We put so much value on things and material items that we forget to find happiness elsewhere. Get your copy of the book, here.

10% Happier

By Dan Harris

The final book I suggest for Millennials was written by a man who had a panic attack on live TV in front of millions of people. This meltdown led to the series of events which led the author to meditation and mindfulness. I know it sounds a little “hippie” to meditate or be mindful but this book dispels the “hippie dippieness.” Harris hilariously explains the benefits of adapting mindfulness into your lifestyle with scientific evidence and personal anecdotes. Harris turns you from a skeptic into a believer because he himself thought the idea of meditation was crazy.

How this book can help you. With so many things on our mind, Millennials are assaulted with stress on a daily basis. We are also over stimulated on social media with lavish lifestyles that we envy. We allow the voice in our heads to be an asshole. All of these things create unhappiness that clouds our minds. This book proposes a free and easy way to be 10% happier with yourself and your life! Get a copy of the book here. 

Side Note: This book had me not only completely identifying with the author, but it had me laughing out loud. I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from anxiety on any level. I have practiced meditation only for a short while and I can see how it really does tame the voice in your head. It is a magical tool that costs you nothing. Why not give it a shot?

Honorable Mentions

These books are ones that I have not personally read but I have heard rave reviews about from multiple people.

You are a Badass – By Jen Sincero

I have heard and seen this book everywhere in the last two years and you probably have too. To check it out, click here!


Designing Your Life – By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

This book was written by two professors at Stanford who teach a course by the same name. This book is written not only to make you think but actual put the concepts into action. If you want to give it a shot, click here to grab a copy.

Related Articles: Millennials, Who Are We? // Millennials – Why People Hate Us and Our Defense // 5 Types of Quarter Life Crisis // The Reading List for Millennial Girls to Feel Inspired 

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