10 Books For Your Quarterlife Crisis


There are so many books out there for adults in their 20s and 30s, but how do you know which ones are the best?  Our team at the Quarterlife Center has done the research for you.

Here are our top 10 book picks to help you survive your quarterlife crisis.

1. Quarterlife Crisis, The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties by A. Robbins & A. Wilner

Even though this book was written back in 2001, it is still, if not even more, relevant now.

Here’s an excerpt from the book.


2. Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis by A. Robbins

This book is the sequel to Quarterlife Crisis.


3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW

Brown is a professor of social work and researcher. Learn more about her work here.

You can watch her 2010 TED Talk about vulnerability here.


4. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW

Here’s a TED blog post about this book, published in 2012.



5. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD

Check out Dr. Jay’s website here and her 2013 TED Talk here.


6. 20 Something 20 Everything by Christine Hassler

Check out Hassler’s great website and blog here.


7. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by M. Epstein, M.D.

Epstein is a psychiatrist and professor in NYC. Using both Buddhist and Western psychotherapy ideas, this book provides guidance on living a more satisfying life.

You can listen to Epstein’s 6/22/16 interview on the podcast 10% Happier with Dan Harris.


8. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Here’s a link to Sincero’s website.


9. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

You can access the first 50 pages of this book by submitting your email on Tim Ferriss’s website. You learn about the podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, here.


10. Adulting, How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

Here’s a link to her book.

Also, check out the Adulting Blog and some humorous flowcharts here.


About Quarterlife Center (QLC):

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