Books Every Millennial Needs on Their Shelf

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To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best books for millennials to read!

As a millennial, you are part of a generation that is constantly shaping the future. The world is undergoing massive changes, and it’s crucial to have a collection of books that inspire, educate, and entertain you. These books should be a mix of personal growth, self-discovery, and just plain fun.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. But taking the time to read a good book can help you slow down, reflect, and improve yourself. Whether you’re looking to improve your habits, explore your emotions, or just have fun, there’s a book out there for you. There are so many amazing books out there that every millennial should have on their shelf. So, why not sit back, relax, and get ready to add some fantastic books to your reading list?

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

by James Clear

isbn: 9780735211292,template: listThe #1 New York Times bestseller. 

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

by Emily Nagoski – Amelia Nagoski

isbn: 9781984818324,template: listNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – “This book is a gift! I’ve been practicing their strategies, and it’s a total game-changer.”–Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dare to Lead

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men–and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Burnout. Many women in America have experienced it. What’s expected of women and what it’s really like to be a woman in today’s world are two very different things–and women exhaust themselves trying to close the gap between them.

Her True Worth: Breaking Free from a Culture of Selfies, Side Hustles, and People Pleasing to Embrace Your True Identity in Christ

by Brittany Maher – Cassandra Speer

isbn: 9781400231126,template: listBrittany Maher and Cassandra Speer, leaders of the social media sensation and ministry Her True Worth, deliver a powerful call to women to break free from the bondage of false identities and discover their true worth in Jesus Christ.

After years of working in the beauty industry, Brittany Maher and Cassandra Speer became disheartened by the false, contradictory messages about what defines a woman’s worth. They saw women who were lost and wandering, endlessly seeking security and approval. So Maher and Speer made it their mission to help Christian women uncover their valuable identity in Jesus Christ.

In Her True Worth, Maher and Speer reveal what God intended our identity to be in the beginning, how sin corrupted it, how Christ has redeemed it, and how to live securely in that identity. They remind us that, ultimately, our true worth is found in Him–and that’s a life-altering, soul-anchoring truth to live in and live from.

Life of the Party: Poems

by Olivia Gatwood

isbn: 9781984801906,template: listA dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, from a thrilling new feminist voice.

Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood now weaves together her own coming-of-age with an investigation into our culture’s romanticization of violence against women.

At times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant, Life of the Party explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. Gatwood asks, How does a girl grow into a woman in a world racked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? In precise, searing language, she illustrates how what happens to our bodies can make us who we are.

Milk and Honey

by Rupi Kaur

isbn: 9781449474256,template: list“Rupi Kaur is the Writer of the Decade.” – The New Republic

#1 New York Times bestseller milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work

by Liz Fosslien – Mollie West Duffy

isbn: 9780525533832,template: listA hilarious guide to effectively expressing your emotions at the office, finding fulfillment, and defining work-life balance on your own terms.

How do you stop the office grouch from ruining your day? How do you enjoy a vacation without obsessing about the unanswered emails in your inbox? If you’re a boss, what should you do when your new, eager hire wants to follow you on Instagram?

The modern workplace can be an emotional minefield, filled with confusing power structures and unwritten rules. We’re expected to be authentic, but not too authentic. Professional, but not stiff. Friendly, but not an oversharer. Easier said than done!

The Office Bffs: Tales of the Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There

by Jenna Fischer – Angela Kinsey

isbn: 9780063007598,template: listINSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * One of Esquire‘s Best Celebrity Memoirs of All Time

An intimate, behind-the-scenes, richly illustrated celebration of beloved The Office co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s friendship, and an insiders’ view of Pam Beesly, Angela Martin, and the iconic TV show. Featuring many of their never-before-seen photos.

Receptionist Pam Beesly and accountant Angela Martin had very little in common when they toiled together at Scranton’s Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. But, in reality, the two bonded in their very first days on set and, over the nine seasons of the series’ run, built a friendship that transcended the show and continues to this day. Sharing everything from what it was like in the early days as the show struggled to gain traction, to walking their first red carpet–plus exclusive stories on the making of milestone episodes and how their lives changed when they became moms–The Office BFFs is full of the same warm and friendly tone Jenna and Angela have brought to their Office Ladies podcast.

One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting in

by Kate Kennedy

isbn: 9781250285126,template: listOne In a Millennial is an exploration of pop culture, nostalgia, the millennial zeitgeist, and the life lessons learned (for better and for worse) from coming of age as a member of a much-maligned generation.

Kate is a pop culture commentator and host of the popular millennial-focused podcast Be There in Five. Part-funny, part-serious, Kate navigates the complicated nature of celebrating and criticizing the culture that shaped her as a woman, while arguing that great depths can come from surface-level interests.

With her trademark style and vulnerability, One In a Millennial is sharp, hilarious, and heartwarming all at once. She tackles AOL Instant Messenger, purity culture, American Girl Dolls, going out tops, Spice Girl feminism, her feelings about millennial motherhood, and more. Kate’s laugh-out-loud asides and keen observations will have you nodding your head and maybe even tearing up.

Side Hustle Safety Net: How Vulnerable Workers Survive Precarious Times

by Alexandrea J Ravenelle

isbn: 9780520387300,template: listThe first major study of how the pandemic affected gig workers–a sociological exploration that reads like a novel.

This is the story of what the most vulnerable wage earners–gig workers, restaurant staff, early-career creatives, and minimum-wage laborers–do when the economy suddenly collapses. In Side Hustle Safety Net, Alexandrea J. Ravenelle builds on interviews with nearly two hundred gig-based and precarious workers, conducted during the height of the pandemic, to uncover the unique challenges they faced in unprecedented times.

This book looks at both the officially unemployed and the “forgotten jobless”–a digital-era demographic that turned to side hustles–and reveals how they fared. CARES Act assistance allowed some to change careers, start businesses, perhaps transform their lives. However, gig workers and those involved in “polyemployment” found themselves at the mercy of outdated unemployment systems, vulnerable to scams, and attempting dubious survival strategies. Ultimately, Side Hustle Safety Net argues that the rise of the gig economy, partnered with underemployment and economic instability, has increased worker precarity with disastrous consequences.

Tears for Water: Poetry & Lyrics

by Alicia Keys

isbn: 9780425205600,template: list Books MillennialsFrom acclaimed musician Alicia Keys, author of the memoir More Myself, comes a revealing songbook of collected poems and lyrics that document her growth as a person, a woman, and an artist.

“All my life, I’ve written these words with no thought or intention of sharing them. Not even with my confidants. These are my most delicate thoughts. The ones that I wrote down just so I could understand what in the world these things I was thinking meant…”

When she burst onto the music scene with her multi-million bestselling, Grammy(R) Award-winning first album, Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys became a superstar. Two decades later, her career has expanded into producing, acting, and passionate activism–winning her worldwide acclaim, numerous awards, and a spot on Time‘s list of “The 100 Most Influential People.”

The Woman in Me

by Britney Spears

isbn: 9781668009048,template: list Books MillennialsIn June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice–her truth–was undeniable.  And it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey. And the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.

Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love. And the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.



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