The 5 Best Books for Graduates

Commencement season is upon us! Ok, if you’re still doing your exams or awaiting the results, you probably don’t want to be reminded of the whole cape-mortar-board-applaud bonanza that’s about to descend. But for everyone else – including gushing, snap-happy parents – it’s an exciting time of year!

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A new batch of squeaky-clean, wide-eyed grads are about to step out of their graduation gowns and into real life. If the HBO series Girls taught me anything, it’s that y’all need something to staple your feet to the ground in the next few months, so here are five books that’ll keep your feet on the ground (but your head in the clouds – because it’s way fresher up there).

 

“But all of the magic I have known, I’ve had to make myself”

Hold on to those exciting post-graduation experiences with this interactive journal. Insta-worthy inspiring quotes set against psychedelic watercolor backgrounds to get your fingers tingling and bring your inner autobiographer into the light.

 

“If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . .”

But if you’re like me, and have done your grocery shopping at 2am in a pantsuit … and wore PJ bottoms to a Skype interview, then this is the self-help book you desperately need.

 

“Our life’s journey is our life’s destination”

Oh, hook-line-and-sinker. Twenty-Two reflects on the plethora of options millennial women have, and all the complications that ensue.

 

“Surround yourself with good people”

With helpful reminders such as “you have brains in your head and feet in your shoes,” Dr. Seuss remains our true North even into our adult years.

 

“How to make money and find love”

Vonnegut’s commencement speeches are wise and hilarious, reminding us to be authentically ourselves in a world that’s telling us to be anything but. This is one book that will remain relevant whether you’re about to graduate or graduated ten years ago.

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