• Jacqueline Ann Lente

4 books to get you through your 20's

Being in your twenties isn’t easy, especially in this day and age. You relentlessly hunt for jobs, you lose count of how many coffees you've had after pulling an all-nighter to finish that essay and finding time to be a social being seems near impossible.

You want to be fit and healthy (kind of) but the idea of a cheap Big Mac and the latest episode of Game Of Thrones sounds much more appealing. You so desperately want to sort your shit out, but it's just hard, you know?

Never fear, we've got four excellent books that you can read that will guide you through the maze of awkwardness, adventures and mistakes and conquests of your 20s.

  1. F*CK! I'M IN MY TWENTIES – By Emma Koenig No sleep, longing for the loss of your childhood, procrastination at its finest, stress, jobs, sex and college, Emma Koenig knows all too well of the ins and outs of being in your twenties.

This short illustrative book explains perfectly what being in your twenties is really about. Koenig hits the nail on the head exclaiming, “I am always running out of clean underwear and my phone is always dying." Will this ever change?

She offers worldly advice telling us twenty-something's that “it’s a good idea to have a strong delivery of FUCK YOU in your back pocket. You never know when you might need to shout that at someone.” To true.

It's fun and cheeky and sets the agenda in an honest and relatable way. It's a must read to get you through your twenties!

2. F**k it: The Ultimate Spiritual Way – By John C. Parkin

Even if you're not into all the spiritual, self-help jazz, just say 'fuck it' and give this one a go because it's definitely worth a read.

John C. Parkin’s, F**k It, is the spiritual guide that hones in on the mantra that’s on every twenty-something humans lips more than twenty times a day, 'Fuck it'. He invites everyone to let go and be free and to give into the flow of life - “we say fuck it when we finally do something we didn’t think we could”. To accept, watch, breath, invite in happiness, relax and live and let live is to say fuck it! A major positive is that it doesn’t go on and on about various self-help jargon. Just say Fuck it, it works every time.

3. The Art of Happiness at Work – By His Holiness, The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D

Your boss has blown up about something insignificant again and your workmates are being lazy. Someone ate the leftovers that you were saving in the fridge and you're getting paid a pittance to work your butt off.

The Dalai Lama says that is no way to work. You shouldn’t just be surviving work, you should be loving it or at least enjoying it most of the time. With his Buddhist principles on peace, love and happiness, The Dalai Lama explains that we should view work and life as a whole in order to optimize our happiness. A must read to deal with crazy customers and work mates and find the job you dream of not the one you dread.

4. Why Men Love Bitches? – By Sherry Argov This is a relationship guide like no other, perfect for those looking to mend a broken heart.

Being twenty-something and in love is a roller coaster, navigating the dating scene isn’t any better and good luck trying to figure out tinder.

Argov teaches us how to be a bitch, that is A Babe In Total Control of Herself, for those playing at home. This guide is all about helping you become that strong woman who has strength and faith in herself. Argov promotes positive healing methods and encourages women to be themselves and most importantly, to have fun

So when you find some time between munching out alongside GoT episodes to feed your soul and clear your mind with a good book, consider one of these gems to help get you back on track, or to at least let you know that you're not alone in the battle of figuring out what the fuck this whole adult thing is all about. We are all in this together.

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