Top Books for College Graduates


While Graduation is an exciting time in any student’s life, it can also bring the sudden arrival of nerves, doubts and the path leading to a quarter-life crisis. If you’re like me and graduated this year, in need of some advice and yearning for a fresh perspective on the next chapter of your life, these five books can serve as inspirational guide to finding some clarity during this transition period.

  1. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown


With a comedic and sarcastic take on being an adult, Brown offers 48 tips on how to manage being an adult. Her quirky writing makes for a fun read and reminds you that you aren’t alone with feeling as if you’re failing at being a functional adult.

2. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan


This life-changing book is the kind of book that reminds anyone to never take anything for granted. After graduating from Yale, Keegan was ready to start her new job at The New Yorker. Sadly, five days after graduating college she died in a car accident. This book is a collection of essays she had written prior to passing away.

3. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


This book is about a recent college graduate who decides to donate all his savings to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to discover a new life for himself. This inspirational book is perfect for anyone yearning to find their life meaning and/or are fans of Eat, Pray, Love. 

4. Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake


Consider this an instruction manual on how to survive life after college. Filled with advice and tips on how to navigate certain aspects of your life such as, work, home, finance and personal growth, this book could practically be considered “Post-Grad Life for Dummies.”

5. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


This book offers guides and inspiration for anyone feeling as if their life is in a rut and in need of a transformation. Hoping to encourage readers to find meaning in their life, Sincero’s witty commentary on how to love yourself, your life and live the best life you can is the perfect book to read after graduating.

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