Book Recommendations for Graduates

Hi, readers!

It’s that time of year again: graduation season! There are two college graduations happening in my family this spring and I’ve been excitedly picking out the perfect books for their graduation gifts. Because I think we all know that books are a great present for any occasion! Today I’m sharing four books that would make great gifts for graduates. Some of these might seem surprising, but I promise, they’re on this list for good reason!

Let’s get to those books…

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (or your own favorite book)

I think there’s something to be said for gifting someone your own favorite book, along with a note explaining why it’s so special to you. The Bell Jar would make an excellent choice, though, as the protagonist is on the cusp of college and struggling with mental health and identity. The Bell Jar is one of my personal favorites and you can read about my other favorites in this post here.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

My first experience reading Brown was with this book last year. In Wilderness, Brown divulges what it takes to truly and authentically be yourself and how to interact with the world around you. And the answers are nothing like you’d expect. I found myself nodding along to every single page. I think this book should be a must read for everyone and would be an excellent choice for someone about to step onto a new path.

Make Trouble by John Waters

This one’s a little more fun, but it still packs a punch! Make Trouble contains words of wisdom from Waters’s speech to the Rhode Island School of Design. His speech went viral because it speaks to the reality of living life as a creative. But I think this book would be a great choice for a graduate regardless of their major or career path. Waters’s text is a call to action and a push towards changing the world.

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

Okay, hear me out on this one. Spinster is a great memoir of one woman’s journey to embrace the word ‘spinster’ by making and loving a life of her own choosing. This book profiles a few other famous women who never married and Bolick draws parallels between them and herself. I think this book is inspirational and challenges the reader to think about their own life and how much they’re enjoying it.

That’s it for today! What will you gift to a graduate?

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