Turning 30 can be scary but, as someone who crossed that age threshold in the (very) recent past, I can say that things are pretty good on the other side. Of course any major milestone is better when celebrated in the company of books, and there are
books to read before you turn 30 that will make the transition that much smoother.
Whether you’re picking up practical life knowledge or rounding out your education, these books can help you adult like never before. You’ll be able to handle things that your younger self could have only imagined. If you’re thinking about buying a home, restarting your career, or even finding a new passion, these books can help guide the way. They can also offer general insights into living well that are more important now than ever before.
Reading always helps me feel more confident and prepared for the major changes headed my way, and I hope these reads can help you feel the same way. And if you get to this list long before your 30s, you’ll just be that much more prepared for the realities of adulthood. Here’s to many more birthdays filled with great reads (and of course lots of cake).
1 To Live Well With Less
Feeling cluttered? If your life could use a bit of paring down and streamlining, then
by Francine Jay can teach you how to pare down your possessions to free up time and space. The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide 2 To Get Artsy
Has your creativity suffered a bit in the face of adult responsibility?
by Austin Kleon can show you how to embrace influences and not worry so much about originality. Stealing just ideas might be the thing that gets your creative juices flowing again. Steal Like An Artist 4 To Prep For Kids by Louis Borgenicht and Joe Borgenicht provides all the information (complete with schematic diagrams) that you need to operate your brand-new tiny human. It's the missing manual that every new parent has wished for. The Baby Owner's Manual 5 To Master The Kitchen
Chances are, you already know your way around the kitchen. Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg's
The Flavor Bible will show you how to take your skills to the next level with skilled seasoning techniques. Your evening dinners just got fancy (and super delicious). 6 To Negotiate Well
Nervous about asking for a raise?
by Deepak Malhotra and Max Bazerman, executive education leaders from the Harvard Business School, will teach you to strategically negotiate like a pro. Negotiation Genius 7 To Break Free
The tiny house movement appeals to people who are interested in pursuing a simpler lifestyle, and
by Ryan Mitchell profiles these adorable houses and the people who call them home. Even if you aren't ready to live in a house smaller than most studio apartments, it's still fun to see how other people choose to live. Tiny House Living 8 To Go Your Own Way
If you have a great idea for your own business but don't know where to start, then Chris Guillebeau's
an show you how to launch your own startup. You can also learn to turn these ideas into income. The $100 Startup c 9 To Start A New Career
Whether you're job-hunting in your regular field or pursuing something totally new,
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016 by Richard N. Bolles provides updated information on finding the best job for your own talents and training. It also includes tips on writing great resumes and conducting effective interviews. 10 To Save Like A Big Shot
How does the other half
really live? It turns out most wealthy people aren't flaunting their money. Thomas J. Stanley's provides tips on living well within your means and saving richly. The Millionaire Next Door 11 To Get Fancy
It's probably been a while since you hosted any parties featuring kegs and red cups, and you can continue upping the fancy level with
by Annette Joseph. With delicious recipes and easy centerpieces, you can make your next get-together an affair to remember. Picture Perfect Parties 12 To Dress Sharp
Stylist George Brescia makes a case for dressing well in
Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life . The book advocates the use of clothing as a means of determining your perception and increasing confidence. 13 To Navigate Parenthood
Need a little humorous relief from your 24/7 job? Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler's
offers a funny take on the weirdness and joys of raising kids. Science of Parenthood 14 To Be A Cat Guardian
On of the best parts of adulthood is the chance to pick out and care for your own pet.
by Pam Johnson-Bennett will teach you how to avoid basic cat health problems and create a great life for your furry friend. Think Like A Cat 15 To Be A Dog Person
If you're more of a dog person,
by Larry Kay will help you rise a well-mannered puppy. It relies on treats and praise instead of more negative methods. Training The Best Dog Ever 16 To Grow Food
Even if you don't have a green thumb, taking some lessons from Brett L. Markham's
can help you grow a lot of edibles in a small amount of space. You can learn the scientific side of gardening to create a super-efficient little farm of your own. Mini Farming 17 To Be Mature In Relationships by David Richo expresses the importance of maintaining a realistic approach to relationships by accepting others. This kind of change can result in more mature, loving relationships — because no one has time for unnecessary drama at this age. How To Be An Adult In Relationships 18 To Get A Fresh Look
If you'd like to increase your art appreciation, then
How to Look At A Painting by Francoise Barbe-Gall is a great place to start. Using some classics as a starting point, this book will teach you the tools to have a conversation with this visual medium.