The idea of turning 21 seems totally glamorous: you spend your birthday surrounded by other gorgeous 20-somethings, carefree and on top of the world, drinking copious amounts of mixed drink as you celebrate all you have ahead of you. But in reality, hitting the 21 milestone can come with a great deal of apprehension about the future and the looming reality of adulthood. But there are at least
several books to read before turning 21 that will put you well on the path to acting like a grown ass woman (even if you still feel like a child at times.)
Seriously: I wish I could retroactively gift these reads to my 20-year-old self. I imagined adulthood as a series of cocktail parties where you’d be rewarded for knowing interesting trivia. It’s turned out to be anything but that. By understanding boring, but vital things like personal finances, basic life skills, and career opportunities that are open at this time, you can get set up for a smoother transition to adulthood.
This is not to say that all of these reads are boring. With a foul-mouthed cookbook and a witty etiquette guide in the mix, you’re certain to stay entertained as you learn some legit life skills. Adulthood doesn’t have to be boring or terrifying at all. You can do this, so long as you have these books to help you along the way.
1 To Help You Handle Hangovers Click Here To Buy
Don't party harder — party smarter.
Smart Partying by C.K. Murray provides advice on how to use food, drinks, and supplements to keep hangovers at bay. So while the rest of your friends spend the day by the toilet, you can actually be productive. 2 To Help You Mix Drinks Like An Adult Click Here To Buy
Now that drinking is legal, you need to learn how to mix a cocktail that isn't half Red Bull.
by Mittie Hellmich will help make you a home bar all-star. With 450 pages of top-shelf drink recipes, this guide will serve you well for years to come. The Ultimate Bar Book 3 To Help You Nail A Job Interview Click Here To Buy
Written by recruiter and CEO of Career Confidential Peggy McKee,
will help you woo potential employers. By learning what interviewers are trying to gauge from your responses, this book can help you market your skills in the best light. How to Answer Interview Questions 4 To Help You Land That First Job Click Here To Buy
If you're ready to go for that first real world job,
by Paul D. Teiger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Teiger is a great source of information. By relying on information about your personality type and work-related strengths, it can help you find a job that works best with your talents. Do What You Are 6 To Help You Learn To Cook 7 To Help You Cook More Click Here To Buy
Seriously: this is a crucial life skill.
will help you eat more veggies and feel pretty gangster at the same time. Delivered with adorably aggressive wording, these recipes are delicious and will accommodate almost any diet. Thug Kitchen 8 To Help You Manage Money Click Here To Buy
Are you prepared to pay off debts? Wondering how you will afford grad school? Beth Kobliner's
will help you get in track and (hopefully) avoid the major financial pitfalls that happen to young adults. Get a Financial Life 9 To Help You Keep Things In Order 10 To Help You Help Others Click Here To Buy
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You can make your worldly travels more meaningful, whether you want to help with wildlife conservation or community building. Volunteer. 11 To Help Find Your Path Click Here To Buy
Even if you aren't a yoga practitioner,
by Jeff Krasno, Sarah Herrington, and Nicole Lindstrom will likely strike a chord. By encouraging readers to embrace positive thinking, music, and eco-friendly activities, this book may help you find your own path. Wanderlust 12 To Help You Relax Click Here To Buy
Chances are, you have about a million things going on at any time, and finding time to legitimately relax is difficult. Thich Nhat Hanh's
uses principles of mindfulness to help you purposefully rest and recharge. How to Relax 13 To Help You Find Adventure 14 To Help You Adult Click Here To Buy
, Kelly Williams Brown explains how to do everything from stock a kitchen pantry to pick the right apartment to rent. It covers the little, crucial details that can make your life so much easier. Adulting 15 To Help You Know How To Act Click Here To Buy
Great etiquette is one of those things that can make any social situation a little smoother. Meghan Doherty's
is a non-stuffy, humorous guide to respectful behavior. How Not To Be a Dick 16 To Help You Maintain Healthy Relationships Click Here To Buy
Navigating the dating world can get more serious, and therefore more confusing, in your early 20s. Bethany Marshall's
can help you locate your personal boundaries for relationships and know when to walk away. Deal Breakers 17 To Help You Become More Well-Rounded Click Here To Buy
People who read poetry outside of school are automatically interesting and probably pretty cultured. These are the people you want to chat up at those mythical future cocktail parties. By reading Czeslaw Milosz's
, you will learn how poets from around the world interpret the human condition, and therefore become more interesting to talk with at parties. A Book of Luminous Things 18 To Help You Speak Your Mind Click Here To Buy
From class presentations to business pitches, chances are you'll have to do some public speaking in the near future. Carmine Gallo's
will help you deliver ideas with confidence and style. Talk Like TED 19 To Help You Get From Here To There Click Here To Buy
Don't fear the mechanic.
by Mary Jackson gives you a basic rundown of how your car operates and what basic maintenance you systems require. A bit of preventative care can prevent major problems down the road. Car Smarts 21 To Help You Find Happiness Click Here To Buy
The Gifts of Imperfection can help you learn to use courage, compassion, and healthy boundaries to lead a more joyful life. If you're bogged down by worries about not measuring up in the real world, this book can help remind you of the pitfalls of perfectionism. Images: WavebreakMediaMicro /Fotolia