Books are probably one of the best gifts you can buy someone, especially a recent grad that is eager to claim all that the world has to offer. By buying them a book you are basically acting as their atlas or compass to life after graduation. A good book will help guide them in all their future endeavors as well as become their new favorite travel companion.
They are going to learn new stories about the world that they live in as they set out to write their own. As eloquently put by Neil Gaiman, “books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.”
A good book can also help you say all the words you are not yet able to convey. It can be the best advice you give, disguised in ink and paper. The words we read sometimes stay with us more than advice or words of encouragement we hear from close friends or loved ones, maybe it’s because they are often indirect, yet loud and clear or maybe it’s because people can rely on complete stranger to tell them the brutal truth –no sugar coating whatsoever- and sometimes it is exactly what we need.
Not to mention, books can be personal. A small, but beautiful inscription can go a long way and will touch the gift recipients forever! It can add just the right amount of magic to your gift and make the recipient feel more connected than ever to it, and maybe even YOU.
Look no further! We have made you a list of the top 10 inspiring books to gift a recent grad to choose from below:
1. “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones ”, by James Clear
This book is a guide for improving life through the implementation of practical strategies that help you form new and beneficial habits and helps you get rid of bad ones so you can break the barriers that keep you from reaching your goals.
2. Michelle Obama’s, “Becoming”
A gripping memoir that takes you through the life of Michelle Obama, from her childhood experiences in the south side of Chicago to being an executive and juggling the stresses of motherhood and work and her time in the white house, a reflection of all the chronicles that molded her into the beckon of inspiration she has become. A story of defying expectations that motivates us to follow in her footsteps.
3. “The Beautiful Chaos of Growing Up”, by Ari Satok
Written with wit, charm and sarcastic humor, this collection of poems takes you on the adventures of college, life after college, and a world of firsts, first internship, job, apartment and dates, with all its ups and downs. It is a raw, yet very light and warm, narrative of how the road towards independence is usually paved versus what you expected it to look like.
4. “The Lean Startup”, by Eric Ries
In his book Ries presents the world with a scientific approach to building successful startups in a world where only companies who continue to innovate can grow and survive. It is Ries’s own recommendations for aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere, a guide to increase the chances of a startup’s success.
5. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”, by Mark Manson
Refreshingly new and interesting, inviting you to grow as a person by first inviting you to unlearn many neurotic habits and ways of thinking that you have adopted in the past to unravel the road to healing through focusing your energy on something else and owning up to past mistakes and making peace with them. A great read that offers a much-needed wisdom in the circle of life.
6. “Congratulations, By the Way”, by George Saunders
Is the spin off of a short commencement speech told by fiction writer George Saunders at Syracuse in 2013. The speech was maybe concise but that did not undermine its power in any way. Saunders words gave readers the goose bumps and maybe even the motivation they need to set out and be the best version of themselves become kinder to one another to lead a truly gratifying life. This book is very inspirational, powerful and humorous. Certainly worth the read!
7. “The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion”, by Elle Luna
This book can be the perfect guide for those facing that dreadful decision of having to choose between pursuing your passions and taking the safe route, the one that makes most sense –and money. It is recommended by authors such Elizabeth Gilbert and is considered a great gift for anyone with important life decisions to make.
8. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”, by Charles Duhigg
A key to unlock and understand the power of habit as well as a guide on how to best leverage it to reach your goals. Labeled a ‘Best Book’ by The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times and applauded by publications such as Wired and The Economist.
9. “Ask a Manager”, by Alison Green
With a 10 experience as a workplace-advice columnist, Green has written this book with the aim of opening people’s eyes to the hard discussions they may need to face during their career.
10. “Option B”, by Sheryl Sandberg
A book about overcoming hardships and developing compassion. A guide to self-train your mind to become more resilient. It discusses moving forward post life-shattering experiences and coming out of them stronger. A real eye-opener!