9 Eye-Opening Books to Read Before Graduating

Graduation season is here, and there’s just as much excitement as there is uncertainty. As you get ready to turn the page and enter a new chapter of your life, take a minute to check some of the books we think can help you along the way.


1. Lift Off by Donovan Livingston

The Harvard commencement speech praised by many is now adapted to the pages of an empowering book. This poetic message of hope embraces the power of education and challenges readers to continue to fight inequality and racial divides in order to build a better future for ourselves and younger generations.


2. The Bucket List by Kath Stathers

It’s never too soon or too late to chase dreams and new experiences. Perfect for those reaching a new milestone, this book offers an array of life-changing bucket-list ideas that anyone can benefit from—no matter your age, location, or personality type.


3. The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew

The workforce is always changing, and the rules that could help you land a job back in the day may no longer ring true. In this guide, Cavoulacos and Minshew discuss how to survive and thrive in the modern workplace.



4. This Phenomenal Life by Misha Blaise

Beautifully illustrated and full of color, this easy-to-digest book is laced with scientific insights that explain how everything in this world is uniquely connected.


5. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Andersen

It’s safe to say that the founder of TED, Chris Andersen, has worked with well over a handful of eloquent public speakers. Read along as he shares his insights and learned wisdom on crafting and perfecting your public speaking skills.


6. Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

An inspiring book that highlights the profound contributions of 50 women in STEM fields from ancient times to the modern world we live in. Aside from the intriguing stories, this book contains beautiful illustrations and infographics that celebrate these exceptional achievements.



7. There is Life After College by Jeffrey J. Selingo

This book acts as a guide filled with practical advice that you won’t learn in the classroom. Read through insights and tips that will help you successfully navigate post-grad life and jump-start your career.


8. And Then You’re Dead by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty

A fun, lighthearted read that gives scientific facts behind some of the most outlandish questions that may have sparked your curiosity. If you were Cookie Monster, just how many cookies could you actually eat in one sitting? Find out in this book.


9. Darling I Love You by Patrick McDonnell

When the real world starts to feel a little bit too real, this is a great book to get lost in. This comforting collection of poems pays tribute to our furry companions, and reminds us just how important the smaller things in life are.

Can you think of any must-read books that didn’t make our list? Share your recommendations in the comments below!


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