We could all stand to read more and post on Twitter less. Especially now, as one of the biggest billionaire dorks is set to buy the whole site and turn it into a space for crypto bros and Men’s Rights Activists to have a free-for-all. I digress. The point is: a guy shared a list of “20 books you should read in your 2os,” and people who read a lot were dumbfounded and displeased. Frankly, the answer is you should read whatever you want (unless it causes you to become a Men’s Rights Activist or crypto bro).
But why were people so angry about this man’s list of books? For starters, his list of 20 books was shared with a picture of… 48 books. Look, readers aren’t known for their mathematic abilities, but come on.
Here’s the original post from @ArtOfLife_ where you can see the complete list (including a Bezos book!):
All I know about the account is that it promises to give followers “actionable insights on becoming your better self.” To be fair, I also have told a lot of people to read The Power of Habit. It’s like a great episode of RadioLab and it helped me think about willpower, diet, etc. But, 48 Laws Of Power shouldn’t be read by anyone, especially if they’re in their 20s unless they want to become a sociopath who sees every person’s face as a rung on the corporate ladder. My two cents.
Here are a few other titles that we’ve mocked on this site already. I’ve summed them up so you don’t have to read them. You’re welcome, 20-somethings.
Of course, ‘Sapiens’ is on there. Otherwise known as:
Then, there’s the self-help-ish novel that’s every dude’s favorite book to bring up on a first date, ‘The Alchemist’:
Finally, the biggest red flag of all, ‘The 48 Laws Of Power’ or:
Truly, the man (it’s gotta be a man) who compiled this list has never actually read for pleasure but with a specific aim in mind: namely to optimize his body and mind to generate more wealth and power. To each his own, but you are not required to read any of this at any age.
Luckily, I wasn’t the only person who saw this Twitter thread. Funnier people than I had something to say.
Here’s how people reacted to the list of twenty books you should read in your twenties:
1. Where is the lie?
20 books to read in your 20s pic.twitter.com/c4SQTPQGyS
— Emma Berquist (@eeberquist) April 11, 2022
2. Have you read these classics?
20 books to read in your 20s
— chippedfrontteeth🦫 (@chippedfrnteeth) April 11, 2022
3. Important to keep abreast of these facts.
20 books to read in your 20s pic.twitter.com/nkevRc46EX
— Rob (@ghoulcabin) April 11, 2022
My old roommate in college read like 3 of these and ended up killing a guy https://t.co/X72b3Z6D6P
— Jay (@2xIsGone) April 11, 2022
5. Incredible burn.
Twentysomethings should not be spending this much time at the Hudson News in LaGuardia https://t.co/8Q9hIRCpov
— hitting a bird with my kia sorrento (@GarlicCorgi) April 10, 2022
6. Dang. Tell us how you really feel.
7. We’ve all met him at a party.
8. A simple no will suffice.
Please don’t read any of these books https://t.co/yfrhQBwTww
— Matt Gabriele (@prof_gabriele) April 11, 2022
10. Someone tell him.
11. A store you never want to be in.
12. Ah, that’s why it looked weird.
13. Sign me up!
not interested in self-improvement books. i need books that will make me worse https://t.co/D3GBODJGiA
— natureplayer is doing dumb shit on the internet (@natureplayer_) April 12, 2022
14. Gotta read ’em all!
20 books to read in your 20s pic.twitter.com/OtLdU3VHSU
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) April 14, 2022
15. And finally…
20 books to read in your 20s if you want to be a 30 under 30 psychopath https://t.co/hQ8jAVvELz
— Adrianna Tan (@skinnylatte) April 11, 2022
Looking for a great read that’s not from this list? Here were the best books people read in 2021.