What are the best books recommended for 20-year-olds?

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    #1The Girl She Used to Be

    The Girl She Used to Be

    The Girl She Used to Be is a thrilling suspense and drama novel for young adults written by David Cristofano. It was published in 2009. It is about a girl and her family running from their horrific past by using numerous false identities.

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    #2Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 
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    #3What Angels Fear (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

    What Angels Fear (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

    What Angels Fear is the first book in C.S. Harris crime and mystery series for young adults, the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series. It was released in 2006. It is about a Napoleonic War veteran in England suspected of a savage murder.

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    Austin Hill
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a great book for someone just reaching their 20's. I found it to be incredibly timely when I read it at 19, and I feel as though I would have felt the same had I read it within the following 5-10 years as well! Great gift for your college aged child!"
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    #4Beat the Reaper

    Beat the Reaper

    Beat the Reaper is a thrilling mystery and suspense novel written by Josh Bazell. It was originally released in 2009 as the first book in the author's Peter Brown series. It is about a talented doctor in a crazy hospital.

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    Jennifer Watkins
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "My 20 year old cousin really enjoys thriller suspense and mystery novels. Beat the Reaper was a book she said she couldn't put down."
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    #5Seers of Light (The Light Series)

    Seers of Light (The Light Series)

    Seers of Light is the first book in the romantic suspense series for young adults written by Jennifer DeLucy, the Light Series. It was published in 2010. It is about a young lady with scary visions.

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    Sean Vasquez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "As a twenty something year old I found this romantic book very powerful. I liked that the character had visions that were very suspenseful."
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    #6The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.

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    Crystal Barnett
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Reader is definitely an advanced book, but I do think it's one suitable for 20 year olds. Although I could think of other reads that I would consider more essential at that age, this is a worthy of your time."
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    #7All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
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    Brittany Vargas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is a real modern classic. The anti-war message uses the correct reasoning. It has lasting power."
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    #8The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Patrick Nelson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The story starts when Daniel the protagonist visits an old library called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and picks out one called The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. Fascinated by the book Daniel embarks on a lifelong journey to find out more about the author. The story is very unique and the characters are very detailed and convincing. I'd recommend this series to any lover of fiction."
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    #9The Bronze Horseman

    The Bronze Horseman

    The Bronze Horseman is the first book in The Bronze Horseman trilogy. A story where Tatiana meets Alexander, a young officer of the Red Army who will fight against the Germans in the Leningrad siege. 

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    Ethan Rose
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "As a 20 year old book reader I was looking for a book that related to my age group. I found The Bronze Horseman. The Bronze Horseman was good for me because I could relate to some of the characters. It exceeded my expectations. "
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    #10Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.

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    Peter Webb
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Water of Elephants is a great choice for a graduation gift for a 20-year old or thereabouts. It deals with that kind of insecurity and self-doubt that can pervade people's thoughts who are just getting to the age where they begin to make plans to live independently."

Summary

Best What are the best books recommended for 20-year-olds
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Girl She Used to BeBooks 28 Paid
2Pride and PrejudiceBooks 26 Free
3What Angels Fear (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)Books 23 Paid
4Beat the ReaperBooks 21 Paid
5Seers of Light (The Light Series)Books 21 Paid
6The ReaderBooks 16 Paid
7All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 14 Paid
8The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)Books 10 Paid
9The Bronze HorsemanBooks 8 Paid
10Water for ElephantsBooks 1 Paid
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