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  1. You can read anything at the age of 20, of course. Reading is just beginning. But it's hard to give specific advice without knowing what kind of person you are, what you've already read, what you love, and what you care about. If you love Russian classics, that's great; are you sure you know them at least as a first approximation? It's not just Pushkin-Tolstoy-Dostoevsky-Chekhov. In your situation, I am in a book starvation” it sounds like there is a desert around, but in reality there is a garden around, where the trees are bursting with fruit. You just need to know which tree to approach. In short, if you write something more specific about yourself in the comments to the answer, you will be able to recommend something to you.

  2. You should read it based on recommendations and analogies to what you already liked. Complete the question with a comment with a list of what you liked especially – you will get the best result. There is too much literary garbage to read without recommendations.
    For example, I keep a vishlist for readview from what was recommended to me and the area that I am interested in. And little by little I close it. Of course, this list is constantly being updated. For example, from the comments on this question. So I advise you to adopt it.

  3. At the age of 20, you can “read” anything. It depends on how much and often you've read before, as well as what you've read. If you have read a lot, then I don't even see the point in advising you, you should understand what you like and based on this choose the next book to read.

    And if you haven't read much, then I advise you not to start with bulky samples of classics, because it will be difficult for you to enjoy it to the full. Yes, and there will be a risk that you will not understand some idea, or you will not understand it as the author wanted to convey.

    I can recommend what I read myself, namely::

    “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” – Oscar Wilde

    “The Headless Horseman” – Mayne Reed

    “Notre-Dame de Paris” – Victor Hugo (but be careful with this, the book is not easy, but it is interesting)

    “The Little Prince” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery(must-read)

    “The Idiot”, “The Brothers Karamazov”, “Demons”, “Crime and Punishment” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

    “Eugene Onegin” – Pushkin

    “The Master and Margarita” – Bulgakov

    “Red and Black” – Henri Bail

    “Fencing Teacher”, “Black Tulip” – Dumas

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain

    “1984” – Orwell

    We – Zamyatin

    And many, many more things, you can list for a long time.

    And in general, I advise you to read Russian classics, not all of them, but at least the main works of the “War and Peace”type

    Enjoy your journey through the world of fiction)

  4. Of course, it is difficult to advise something specific, knowing almost nothing about the literary preferences of a person, with the exception of Russian classics. Age doesn't really matter in this case, I don't think. As mentioned in the answers above, you can read anything you want. There are many different literary sites, groups in contact and social networks for book lovers, where thematic collections, recommendations for reading, etc. are published. I can recommend the site LiveLib, where you can always stumble upon something interesting, read people's reviews of new books and classics, and create your own reading list. Very convenient.�

    If you are interested in a particular topic or literary genre, start digging in that direction. I think everyone has a favorite genre or just something that appeals the most. Search the Internet for the main authors and most well-known books on this particular topic. When you get familiar with the main one, you can dig deeper.

    You can also go to a bookstore and choose books at random. I just got hooked on the title, the abstract – why not. Maybe, of course, this is a dubious way, but sometimes you can do this.

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