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The 11 Books Every Teenager Should Read Before They Turn Twenty

As recommended by people who are not teenagers, but have been teenagers…

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If you are like me, you look back on your teenage years with a mixture of embarrassment and regret. If I could go back in time and speak to teenaged me, I would probably tell myself to read a whole lot more, and also not to date Sophie, but that is another story…

Here are the 11 books that every teenager should read before they turn twenty.

#1 Think and Grow Rich & How to Win Friends and Influence People

These books would have created an exponential impact in my life because they are practical in succeeding in life. I didn’t have a direction towards going to college or going into real estate.

Think and Grow Rich would have given me the tools to set a life mission, determine what I wanted to accomplish and a game plan to execute it.

How to Win Friends and Influence People would have helped me with the social skills to build strong relationships and gain great mentors to succeed. The way to success is being able to create the relationships and find out how you can add value to those relationships whether emotionally, physically or monetarily.

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#2 You Can Afford to Be Healthy

With this book, I think I could have saved my grandma from dying from complications due to diabetes. She would have seen me graduate college. I am not sure if this information was available at the time, but if I could turn back time and still know what I know, this book could have saved her life and a lot of heartache and pain in my family.

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Contributor: Samantha Salmon

Company: rawfoodmealplanner.com

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#3 Why Men Love Bitches

Not just for myself as a teenager would this have been a good read but I feel it is important for all teenage girls. While “Why Men Love Bitches” may sound simply like a dating how-to, it is actually a great self-confidence building tool for women.

Young women in their vulnerable teenage years can benefit from learning to value themselves first and build their own life without worrying about people-pleasing or changing themselves to make any man like them!

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Contributor: Cara Berkeley

Company: magnoliablushes.com

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#4 Wherever You Go, There You Are

This is my favorite meditation book. It would have been amazing to absorb it’s wisdom while enduring the changes and insecurities of my teen years.

This book is not only a great meditation how-to, it’s also an invitation to more fully experience the richness of life. While I highly recommend it for beginning meditators, it’s also full of valuable insights that experienced meditators will enjoy too.

Meditation can make such a huge difference in a person's life, and this book shows you how to gain the most benefit that you can from a meditation practice — no matter how old you are.

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Contributor: Kim McIntyre

Company: joyfulbeing.com

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#5 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

As a teenager, I wish I read the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. This book is a timeless self-help classic that can help any teenager prepare for life in the working world as well as handling adult responsibilities.

Even more so, this book is perfect for a teenager just starting to understand themselves through their adolescence and comprehend their emotions, feelings, and values. Taking the world by storm starts with preparation and nothing beats some deep reflective thought to begin that process.

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Contributor: Sam Sternweiler

Company: opasite.com

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#6 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

This book is based on a simple premise, to live your life to your fullest potential. To not worry about what anyone else is doing or what anyone else is saying, just stay true to yourself and your life’s purpose and the rest will fall into place for you.

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Contributor: Heidi McBain

Company: heidimcbain.com

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#7 Oh, The Places You Will Go

Oh, The Places You Will Go, by Dr. Seuss. Written in the same vein as his other books,  I once thought this was was a children's book. The second time I read it when I was in my early 20s I realized it was also a great book for teens graduating high school and college students as its a great story about life's journey and the adventures we often encounter along the way.

Of note, is the Waiting Room where beings were waiting for something to happen, the way it happens in life. [As] a retired university administrator, I routinely gave this book to my students upon graduating.

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Contributor: Carol Gee

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#8 Deep Work

The book helps understand why working in a dedicated and focused manner on a single project is a good idea. It also busts a lot of myths about social media, and about multitasking being the right way to do things. Because it is written from a scientific point of view and not as someone’s opinion makes it that much more credible.

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Contributor: Chetan Mahajan

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#9 The Element

The book helps readers think about what societal and other external pressures drive our career choices, and can sometimes push us on paths away from our true passions. It helps the reader understand that most people find joy and fulfillment in their work if it truly “gets” them. It also guides the reader on how to make such choices at any stage in life.

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Contributor: Chetan Mahajan

Company: himalayanwritingretreat.com | Blog

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#10 The Girlprint

The book is just a great blueprint on how to get your mind right as a young woman who wants to be successful. Valeisha is open and honest on her journey. It's very refreshing and relatable.

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Contributor: Samantha Salmon

Company: rawfoodmealplanner.com

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#11 Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice

This book has some great lessons in it for youth of color on how to build wealth with your passions. It's a book of abundance and opportunity. It explains how to make work not feel like work and how we can find purpose in our work.

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Contributor: Samantha Salmon

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