16 Positive Books for Women in Their 20’s

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16 Positive Books for Women in Their 20’s



I believe everyone should have a healthy stack of books on their nightstand as their reading list. Or, if you are a fan of the “clean and simple” look, at least keep a running reading list on your phone or via Goodreads. I am a big fan of non-fiction books so my best books to read list typically only consists of self-help and religion books. My books focus on positivity and encouragement and I believe this list is a great starting point of books for women in their 20’s.

Making a habit of reading can benefit you in a multitude of ways. Did you know that a study by Sussex University revealed that reading a book could reduce stress levels by up to 68%? Heck yeah! Sign me up for a more relaxed evening, please.


Reading can also make you a more intelligent person and reduce mental decline as you age by 32%.


I am not as big a reader as I would like to be. I am great at buying books on Amazon and then letting them sit on my nightstand for months at a time before I actually read them or store them away on a bookshelf. One of my goals for the year is to read at least 15 books.

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At this point in time, my reading list for the year is detailed below, but I hold every right to change my mind and switch out some of these for new books, or whatever strikes my fancy because this is my list. You have the same freedoms on your list!

I like using Goodreads recommendations to help put together my reading list because it gives very helpful suggestions and you can see what your friends are reading and steal some of their favorite titles.

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The Most Positive Books For Women In Their 20’s


  1. Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager – Super excited to read this one because I love behind the scenes stories (not just of famous people, but also stuff like how they make all those super cool recipe videos or how they make baseballs), and I think Jenna Bush Hager is the most adorable member of the Today Show Cast. I also have sisters so I expect to be emotionally challenged (read: will need tissues) by this one.


  1. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequest – I have heard great things about this book and I have a feeling it will speak directly to a few of the things I struggle with in my daily life (read: continuous social media scrolling).


  1. Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruz – Truth: This book was on my list last year and I read 3 chapters and then misplaced it and now we are here.


  1. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks – This was recommended by a business podcast I listen to, so I don’t know all that much about it but will report back when I do!


  1. Happiness by Randy Alcorn – I have read (and reread) Heaven, also by Randy Alcorn, so I believe this book will be just as wonderful and I hope equally as life-changing!


  1. The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler – I listen to Matt Chandler’s sermons via podcast regularly and he really understands how to communicate the gospel in a clear but easy to digest way. Looking forward to this one, for sure.


  1. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – This was also on my list to read last year, but I gave away every copy I bought as a gift. Luckily, I recently (re)discovered the Library, which is a free place to rent books. And since I am a year (or two) late on this one, there are copies waiting for me to check out. I think I can get used to this Library thing.


  1. Radical by David Platt – Goodreads recommended this book and it seems right up my alley. Looking forward to checking it out.


  1. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt – A behind the scenes (I really do love these) look at what makes Google work from corporate culture to being a company of disruptors. The business side of me can’t wait to start and finish this one.


  1. A Simplified Life by Emily Ley – Transparency: I am almost done with this one (and it is helpful and pretty enough you could display it all year), and I have picked up so many great tips on how to declutter all areas of your life and get a little more breathing room. Can’t recommend this one enough for every woman in your life.


  1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – This was another Goodreads recommendation but I have heard Dave Ramsey speak about it on his Podcast as well.

  1. The 4-Hour Work Week Timothy Ferriss – By the title alone, I am super interested in this one.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – I could probably use a bit more of this winning friends business, and I have heard from many a respected leader that this is a must-read.


  1. How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber – My mom has recommended this book to me and said it was the single best parenting book she ever read. My sisters and I all seemed to turn out pretty well, so I hope there are some great tips I can use as little Kinsley starts talking more and more!

  2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – This has been recommended for a few years in my industry so I am a little late to the game, but want to be sure I catch up on this book in the next year.

  1. If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas – I started reading this book last year and it was really interesting, but I lost focus and didn’t finish. It is all about how things have changed from the time the Founding Fathers put together our republic to the government we have now.

What is on your reading list right now? What other positive books should I recoomend for women in their 20s? I would love to have more recommendations so leave your favorite book titles in the comments below!

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