Commencement ceremonies have long been completed and for many college graduates, it’s now time to enter the real world. While school may be over, the learning doesn’t stop; there are still many life lessons to learn. I am firm believer that to constantly evolve, we must continually seek knowledge and a major part of that is reading.
Now in an effort to keep everyone’s reading tastes in mind but to help with the new transition, here are four books every college grad should read. Hopefully, they can inspire and encourage you as they did with me.
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps – Kelly Williams Brown
Being an adult and taking on all the responsibilities that come with that aren’t as intimidating with Kelly Williams Brown’s helpful advice on everything from how to find an apartment to avoiding office hookups.
101 Secrets For Your Twenties – Paul Angone
The most dangerous phrase you can say in your 20s is “if only…”
There are 101 funny, anecdotal and sometimes ‘common sense’ secrets spread throughout this book by Paul Angone. This books reminds readers of many lessons in a conversational tone. In a humorous and friendly way, it reminds us of what is really important. You don’t have to have it all figured out but you need a plan, you need to stay focused and you need to be open to learning and accepting change.
TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE FROM DEAR SUGAR – Cheryl Strayed
Sugar aka. bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, was once the anonymous columnist at The Rumpus that many turned turned to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar to one place. It features popular and never before published columns. This book isn’t just for college graduates by any means but it was one that I especially want them to read. Cheryl Strayed gives a uniquely personal approach while holding nothing back and telling it like it is. If you’re not one who likes the hard painful truth, this book may not be for you. Or maybe it is, maybe reading the way Strayed delivered brutal honesty with a unique passion, humility and insight is exactly what you need.
The truth is sometimes hard to deliver, but someone has to do it.
The Dear Sugar podcast featuring Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (the first Dear Sugar) on iTunes is a great podcast that I also recommend.
I have spoken extensively in a previous post about why I STAN for this book (refresh your memory here!). Everyone should read this, ESPECIALLY recent college graduates and those in their mid-twenties. I gave three copies of these as gifts last year and will probably give out a few more before the end of this year.
Now these are just suggestions based on what I have read. I am sure there are a few others, but I can only vouch for what I know.
How many of these are on your shelf and what do YOU recommend college graduates should read?