11 Books to Read If You Want to Glow Up Your 20s

Your 20s is all about the GLOW UP. I know I know, most people say you should party and turn up every weekend, but life is all about balance. Travel the world, pick up a hobby, spend time with people you love, practice self-care (every damn day), laugh until your stomach hurts, dance the night away, read a good book and when you’re done read it again. Enjoy life to the fullest, we only get one chance but if we do it right, once is enough. The universe gives you whatever you ask for, so lets declare this right now. I ________ will live my best life. My 20s will be filled with new beginnings, amazing memories and so much love. My 20s is all about the GLOW UP.

Sorry y’all, I got a little side tracked. This is what some of these books do to me. Get me all motivated and sh*t. Now back to why we’re really here…

If GNG had a millennial book club (hmm I think I’m on to something), these books would be at the top of our list. Yes, we love a good self-help book and there are plenty to choose from, but we also love romance, empowerment and self-discovery. Remember what I said earlier! Life is all about balance.

Here it is Ladies! Get Up N’ Glow’s: 11 Books to Read If You Want to Glow Up Your 20s.


#GirlBoss By: Sophia Amoruso

“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.” I’ll let that sit with you for a second… Sophia Amoruso shares the humorous story of how she went from; shoplifting, hitch hiking and shitty jobs to creating the fashion empire Nastygal.




Year of YES By: Shonda Rhimes

Award winning executive producer and super mom Shonda Rhimes, reveals how saying YES changed her life. After years of saying no, Shonda decided to take a risk and say YES to all of the things that made her feel uncomfortable. Think about it, how many times have you said no to something out of fear? This book will leave you inspired and ready to step outside of your comfort zone. Repeat after me… YESSSSSSSSS!!!


The Four Agreements By: Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz gives the code to transform our lives with four rules to live by. The Four Agreements opens the readers eyes to the self-limiting beliefs we’ve instilled in ourselves over time. Get ready to undergo a blissful transformation and encounter a refreshing experience of: freedom, inspiration, love and true happiness.


We’re Going to Need More Wine By: Gabrielle Union

Honest, witty, inspiring and real are a few words; that describe Gabrielle Union’s We’re Going to Need More Wine. This autobiography is the definition of a page-turner. We appreciate her rawness and willingness to write about topics that most people avoid. Find a comfy spot, pour a glass of wine and see why Gabrielle Union is my BFF in my head. 


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao By: Junot Diaz

Have you ever been in a situation when you only thought about the worst possible outcome? You had so much desire to achieve something, but you were so scared to go after it because you felt it wouldn’t happen for you? Junot Diaz, takes us on an emotional roller coaster while telling the story of Oscar Wao; a young Dominican man living in New Jersey, who never gets what he wants because of a family “curse”. This book will make most people cry, but it will also leave the reader feeling brave and ready to go after her greatest desires. 


Who Moved My Cheese By: Spencer Johnson

Life would be so much easier if there was a map that told you everything you needed to know. But guess what? There is no map. You’re going to come across obstacles that will try to deter you from going after what you want. Hear me loud and clear… You are going to kick those obstacles in the a**! You’re going to reach that goal and achieve your wildest dreams. In Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson shows the reader how she can cope positively with change, while using the story of two mice and two ‘little-people’, who are searching for something special.


The Power of Now By: Eckhart Tolle

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” So often, we as humans get stuck in the past. We focus so much on what we could’ve done differently. Leave all the: would’ve, should’ve, could’ve(s) in the past and focus on this moment. It’s great to plan for the future, but don’t get caught up planning and miss what’s happening in the present moment. In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle emphasizes the importance of living in the present; while helping readers discover their inner purpose on this journey we call life.


Me Before You By: Jojo Moyes

One thing I know for sure; is that falling in love is never planned and Louisa Clark learned just that. Get the tissues! This romance novel will definitely make every reader cry. When I read Me Before You, I was on the NYC subway, during rush hour, doing the ugly cry. My New Yorkers will understand how embarrassing this could’ve been, but I was too busy flipping through pages to care what anyone thought.


Happy Pocket Full of Money By: David Cameron Gikandi

At first glance you’d think, this book is all about manifesting money but it’s way more than that. In Happy Pockets Full of Money, the reader will learn how to experience infinite wealth, abundance and happiness by discovering what’s inside of her. This book will completely change the way you define “wealth” and help you discover the values within yourself and those around you. This was my first “self-help” book and I can honestly say, it changed my life.


The Alchemist By: Paulo Coelho

There is a reason why The Alchemist is one of the best-selling books in the world. This book has inspired so many people to go after their dreams. As the main character Santiago goes on a journey to discover his “personal legend”, he learns so many lessons along the way. Embrace the present, focus on your own journey and never let fear stop you; are a few lessons Paulo Coelho delivers through Santiago’s story.


You Are A Badass By: Jen Sincero

Do you have that one best friend who always tells it how it is, but she is also always right? A friend, that sees your full potential and wants you to understand how great you are? Jen Sincero is that friend. In You are a Badass, Jen shows the reader how to identify the self-sabotaging behaviors that stop you from achieving your goals; while showing you how to create a life you love.

There it is ladies! Get Up N Glow’s: 11 Books to Read If You Want to Glow Up Your 20s. Let us know what your favorite books are using #GetUpNGlow.



Raquel Tross