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- It’s college graduation season, and if you haven’t got the recent grad in your life a gift, now might be a good time to start brainstorming.
- There are plenty of routes you can take for college grad gifting — practical gifts, experiential gifts, gift cards. But if you’re looking for something that’ll inform, motivate, and inspire the recent grad in your life, you can’t go wrong with a book.
- Below, we’ve rounded up 19 books that any recent grad would love to read.
Finding the right gift for a recent grad can be tough. Should you get them some decor to liven up a new apartment? Could you chip in to a big trip they’re planning? Would they be better off with just a gift card or some cash?
As the college-aged contingent transitions from students to alumni, their lives will become occupied with all new kinds of challenges, excitements, and memories. Transitioning from the college bubble to the real world can be difficult, so why not impart some wisdom on your recent grad to guide them through all these changes?
Books make great gifts for graduates, especially ones that can help them kickstart their careers, better understand the industry they’re entering, supply them with lifelong lessons, or just tell them everything will be fine. We rounded up all those books and then some.
Keep reading for 19 inspiring books that recent grads will want to read:
Captions are adapted synopses from Amazon.
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
"The Beautiful Chaos of Growing Up" by Ari Satok
With humor and insight, "The Beautiful Chaos of Growing Up" takes you into the turbulent world of young adulthood. Capturing the newfound freedoms of college life and the dizzying adventure of the years that immediately follow it, this poetry collection reflects on the ups, downs, and in-betweens of the journey towards independence. In poems that explore the thrills and anxieties of college friendships and graduation, internships and job interviews, first dates and first apartments, lies a warmhearted, powerful examination of what it means to grow up.
“Congratulations, By the Way” by George Saunders
Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, "Congratulations, by the way" is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.
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