Top 10 Books Every Millennial Should Read

Top 10 Books Every Millennial Should Read

I promise to stay away from the typical high school classics.
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If you know me, you know I’m a reader. I LOVE books. I love stories and I love learning and I love reading. I’ve been known to stop dinners so that I can look something up and read a detailed article, plus 4 more opinion pieces, on a particular topic of debate. I started a book club with my brother, where we read and discuss books monthly. I have a book collection currently housed in my room, where I most definitely do not have enough room for my books. But I still consider myself a book novice. There’s so much literature out there, and I’ve only read a fraction of it. I hope someday I can say I’m well-read. Still, I’ve put quite a few Goodreads under my belt. Here’s a list of my top ten books that I think everyone should get around to reading at least once in their lives, if not a few times.

1. Never Let Me Go – Kazou Ishiguro

This book earned me my high school diploma, so it's fitting that I would have some strong feelings about it. Ishiguro is a master of subtleties as he explores the human condition in this novel. It may seem confusing at first, but it's well worth the read and very artfully written. (If you wanna read more about why this is such a cool book-- hit me up, I'll share my project with you).

2. The Help – Kathryn Stockett


The Help was one of those books that you actually can't put down. I'm sure you've at least heard of, if not seen, the academy-award winning movie adaptation of this novel, and so you know how the story itself is gripping. The writing is even more so. I remember being devastated when I finished the book because the characters felt so real, I wanted to keep reading about them. Stockett has immense talent in writing.

3. Now I See You: A Memoir – Nicole C. Kear


Memoirs are my favorite genre of books, especially when they're written this well. This is the story of a woman who's slowly going blind and decides that carpe diem is the way to go until she has children. The most memorable part of this novel is the ending-- one of the most beautiful and touching book moments. Also, it definitely gave a brand-new appreciation for my own eyes and for the unpredictability of life.

4. The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly

This is one of the creepiest, utterly weirdest novels I've ever read. But it's brilliant nonetheless. It perfectly captures a world of fantasy with imagination in a rather odd coming of age story. For younger kids, it's not the best story and may just creep them out, even though it's written as a children's novel. But there are subtleties and dark themes hidden behind the seeming innocence of this novel. It certainly leaves you with a lot to think about.

5. No Matter The Wreckage – Sarah Kay

Granted, this is the only poetry book I’ve ever read in its entirety, it’s definitely a must, must read. Sarah Kay has an unimaginable way with words. Her poetry is one of the first that’s actually made me feel something after reading it. She writes about everything, from heartbreaks, to brother, to teachers, to feminist-esque poems. She’s truly amazing. Her spoken word poetry and her Ted-Talks are also well, well worth the watch.


6. Room – Emma Donoghue

Room was absolutely haunting. Donoghue writes through the voice of 5-year-old Jack, in a chilling, truly realistic way. But the matter at hand is most certainly not 5-year-old material. Jack is innocent, naive, but his story is not. It's a book that you want to tear your eyes away from, but just can't. When you think it can't get any better (or any worse?), it does. Another book with an Academy-award-winning film adaptation, Room is a book to add to your must-read shelf.

7. The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood

Another book from my high school English class, The Handmaid's Tale is a very, very important read. Atwood's greatness as an author is known far and wide, and it most certainly is true. If you've been avoiding this book despite all the buzz around it, I highly, highly suggest that you stop avoiding it and pick up a copy today. You won't regret it. Especially in today's political climate, a novel with feminist tones such as this is jaw-dropping and inspiring. And if you've watched the series already, I still highly, highly recommend reading the novel – it'll be well worth your time, sincerely. It's a chilling, mind-boggling story that will stay with you for a long time.

8. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

This book is absolutely adorable; one of those hit-you-in-the-feels, make-you-feel-warm-inside books. It's a story about a grumpy old man with a touching past, who meets a family that'll change his life. It was especially touching for me because I read it while also being thoroughly annoyed (but with lots and lots of love) by my grandpa who was visiting for the summer. I could relate HARD. Backman is also an incredibly talented writer; he writes every chapter as its own story, a true chapter in every sense of the word, yet the story is cohesive and culminates in one ending. It's a wonderful read, especially if you're in the mood to tickle your feels.

9. Following Atticus – Tom Ryan


Books about dogs and their bonds with their owners are always a favorite of mine. These are the books I usually find myself crying over to no end. I could fill the entire list with books that are about dogs, but if I had to pick my most favorite, it would be this one. Ryan's relationship with Atticus was touching, and again, caught me in the feels. It was well written, too. A great book, and a very inspiring story, all around.

10. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

I know it seems like I only ever pick books that are made into movies, but it's because they're good books!!! The Namesake is no exception. It was a wonderful story, that hit home for me being that it is about a first-generation Indian kid growing up in the States. The relationship that he has with his mother, father, sister and culture is such a beautiful, intricate, and complex tapestry; one that Lahiri paints wonderfully.


Feel free to comment with your favorite books!

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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6 Songs To Add To Your Car Playlists

Warning: these songs may set your stereo on fire.

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There are certain songs that fill your speakers and force you to nod your head. And while we're in the summer and looking to get out of the house more, it might just be in your best interest to look for more of those certain songs to spice up your drives. Fear not, because I got six tracks that you're gonna want to peep as soon as possible. Safe driving.

Kid Again by Max Wonders

In this softspoken nostalgia trip, Max Wonders manages to conjure up that feeling of uncertainty as one grows into shoes that may be overwhelming. It's a nice, poignant track about the worries of leaving childhood behind, and it's a fantastically mixed bassy bop in the process. The raw emotion pairs surprisingly well with the deep end, creating a whole that's emotion-inducing and motion-inducing all the same

JSTCUM by RNDYSVGE and Olukara

RNDYSVGE blends delicate vocals with one of the nastiest, ungodliest, funkiest basslines ever, creating a confusing whirlwind of wonky grooves and unbelievable soul, which induces nothing less than the stankest of stankfaces. When Olukara comes in, it's the smooooooooooothest cherry on top. The overall product is a bombastic, calm, lively, and smooth self-contradiction that's hard not to snap along to.

Only Human by Innanet James

I'm a huge fan of Innanet James for his ability to make the most danceable music while infusing it with his own sardonic brand of political/social commentary. In this track, he plays verbal hopscotch over a beautiful chord progression and a brilliantly unfolding instrumental, all while touching on Islamophobia, his proud racial identity, Donald Trump, before coming to the conclusion that we're all ultimately human and should love each other regardless of differences. It sounds like a trite lyrical structure, but the execution is immaculate.

All This Money by Injury Reserve

OH OH OH OH OH OH OH MY GOD. Ritchie With a T's shouty delivery might be off-putting to some, but the rest of the track's composition makes it pretty easy to get onboard. With a Lil' Jon style hook and effervescent attitude, this track makes it clear that the Arizona group Injury Reserve has energy enough for at least seven other rap groups. Side note: this is a fantastic workout song.

Bubblin' by Anderson .Paak

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No Data by Daye Jack

The intro track to his underrated 2017 album of the same name, "No Data" is a poppy, shimmering showstopper that lyrically introduces a concept that Daye tackles throughout the project. Otherwise, it's a marvelous blend of genres, including but not limited to rap, 80s pop, and (somehow) new jack swing. It's a great, enjoyable number that sets the tone for a great album. Moreover, it's a song that simultaneously lives in the moment and relishes in the details. It's intricate while also effortlessly moving from second to second in breathless fashion. Definitely worth checking out.

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