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7 Books to make you a better Adult

I'm a big book nerd, and over the past few years I've read some real game changers. All these books are non-fiction, but that doesn't mean they're boring, some are actually quite hilarious.

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Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

I reference this book at least once a quarter for a TON of different things. From career advice, to decorating to not killing house plants Kelly Williams Brown gives you so many tips that are actually useful and not just a regurgitated Buzzfeed list.

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I loved it so much I bought it for Kindle and a Hard copy, and will be a hallmark graduation gift for years to come. This is going to be my new "Oh the Places you will Go" book for graduates. My friends have been warned.

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

I've been so interested in Zero Waste this year and this book is the ultimate reference manual for reducing your carbon footprint. I'm still SOOOOOOOO far away from a zero waste lifestyle, but this book has tons of tips and recipes to help you do good by mother earth.

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I've implemented only a few of Bea Johnson's tips so far and have felt so much better about my impact on the planet. I've still got a long way to go, but regardless of what older generations say global warming is real. And lots of small changes can result in a big impact.

Also it saves you a TON of money, so do it cuz you're cheap if anything else.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo

I'm about halfway through this one, but I've already noticed that I've been wanting to keep my apartment cleaner. Marie Kondo's methods are piratical and sustainable for long term. I use to drudge through dishes and laundry, now I...don't hate it.

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I'll admit some topics so far are a little too much for me, like folding socks and underwear. But like I've said I've been doing a lot of research about minimalism and simplifying my life and this is a great book to kick start that mindset.

How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

I've recommended this book time and time again and wholly credit getting a good GPA to this book. I student teach a first year experience class, and have recommended it to any student who has told me they're struggling with grades. Cal Newport interviewed tons of bad ass students and really figured out a system for EASILY making good grades in college, really.

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I only wish I would've found this book as a freshman instead of as a second semester sophomore. My GPA is pretty good, but it would have been amazing if I hadn't pulled some C's in my first semester. Learn from my mistakes undergrads!

Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer

You may want to skip this one if you're not interested in going vegetarian or vegan, because it is going to open your eyes to some pretty interesting stuff. I'm in a women's health class this semester and have been learning all about the harmful effects of meat to our bodies.

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Johnathan Saferan Foer looks at the topic from the animal agriculture and animal suffering angle. Trying to go vegan, or even just reducing the amount of mean I was eating, was so much harder when it was for personal reasons. But reading this book I got a better understanding the ethical side of veganism. Can not recommend enough if you'r looking to reduce your intake of meat.

Thug Kitchen

Once you read Eating Animals you'll feel a little discouraged about all the foods you don't want to eat anymore. Thug Kitchen is a vegan cook book with some amazing recipes to get any new vegan/vegetarian started.

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Even my boyfriend loves the Chickpea tacos and we pretty much make them once a week. Vegan food can be fun and delicious, but learning to cook vegan takes a smidge of time and effort. But it's totally worth it.

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD

This is one of those SUUUUper researched books, but I found it really interesting to read. I'm glad I read this as a young 20-something cuz it really put developmental milestones into perspective.

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There are some really piratical suggestions and Meg Jay does a great job of keeping you interested. I'd definitely recommend if you're feeling a quarter-life crisis coming on, or just need to kill a weekend.


Books nerds unite! What other books do you think helped you shape your 20's or help you become a better adult? Comment below! Also follow me on GoodReads, I always update my shelves with my read list.

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