30 Books to Read in Your Thirties


Turning thirty wasn’t as bad as people said it would be. But now that I’m heading towards my last year as a thirty-something, it’s really hit me how significant this decade can be in a person’s life. For me, my thirties included becoming a parent, which is the most life-altering experience I’ve had so far.

When I thought about my recommendations for books to read in your thirties, I wanted to list more than just fiction. So while I’ve included many of the novels I have read and adored in the past decade, you’ll also find books that are parenting or career focused.

This is by no means an authoritative or complete list, but it contains books that meant something to me, as a wife, a mother, a career-woman, and an avid reader.

What are some books you would include in your 30s list?

A Complicated Kindness Atonement Cutting for Stone Eat Pray Love Half of a Yellow Sun I Am So The Boss of You Incendiary Into the Wild Julie and Julia Lean In Lisey's Story Master Your Metabolism Odd Thomas One Day Stories I Only Tell My Friends The Birth House The Book of Negroes The Boy in the Moon The End of Your Life Bookclub The Gargoyle The Guernsey Literay and Potato Pie Society The Help The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Paris Wife The Spark The Time Traveler's Wife The Wifes Tale Unbearable Lightness Unbroken Water for Elephants