12 Surprising Books to Give to New Grads

Posted by Hayley on May 19, 2017
Let's be honest: Graduates probably don't need another copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go! If you want to educate and entertain the new diploma owner in your life, think beyond Dr. Seuss.

For ideas, we turned to our fantastic followers on Facebook and Twitter, who are always willing to share their book wisdom with us. Check out some of their fun suggestions for unexpected books for grads!


Hyperbole and a Half
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Know-It-All
Rate this book
Clear rating

Walden on Wheels
Rate this book
Clear rating

Cloud Atlas
Rate this book
Clear rating

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Rate this book
Clear rating

Bossypants
Rate this book
Clear rating

Books for Living
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*cK
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Magicians
Rate this book
Clear rating

My Man Jeeves
Rate this book
Clear rating

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Rate this book
Clear rating


Don't see your suggestion? Share it with us in the comments!

Check out more recent blogs:
Readers Recommend Their Favorite Nonfiction
Goodreads Hack: Scan a Book Cover!
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today

Comments Showing 1-50 of 52 (52 new)


message 1: by Emily (new)

Emily I'd recommend "Congratulations, by the way" by George Saunders.


message 2: by Georgina (new)

Georgina Phillips The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan


message 3: by Unmesh (new)

Unmesh It'd be more helpful if there's a reason mentioned for why these should be read by new grads


message 4: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Unmesh wrote: "It'd be more helpful if there's a reason mentioned for why these should be read by new grads"

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 5: by Sandy (new)

Sandy After years of textbooks, they deserve to take a break with nice fictions. No more book about "life" and "learning".


message 6: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Jones There are only 12 books here?


message 7: by Tobin (new)

Tobin Elliott While I agree that, after years of text books, they could use a break,
I've always found that school prepares you for...well, not quite sure at times what school prepares you for, but it sure as hell isn't the real world.

I think something like The Last Lecture puts a lot of it into perspective. What's important, and what's not.


message 8: by Michael (new)

Michael I would recommend Adulting: How to Become a Grown‑up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.


message 10: by Ashanti (new)

Ashanti Skelton I love the picture for this blog post! Gilmore Girls.


message 11: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Heinrich Michael wrote: "I would recommend Adulting: How to Become a Grown‑up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown."

Yes! How is that not on here??


TheBohemianBookworm These don't seem like the quality books I would be giving a new graduate, there is nothing here of any substance.


message 13: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri SculderLover wrote: "These don't seem like the quality books I would be giving a new graduate, there is nothing here of any substance."

Agreed!


message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Wannamaker It's funny, when I graduated my grandma did give me Dr.Suess all the places you'd go. I laughed about it, my mom wasn't too impressed I'd been given it.


message 15: by Olga (new)

Olga SculderLover wrote: "These don't seem like the quality books I would be giving a new graduate, there is nothing here of any substance."

Nothing? I highly suggest you actually read Cloud Atlas and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


message 16: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra Does such books really exsits...?


message 17: by Jackie (new)

Jackie If you don't know the person graduating well enough to pick out a book based on their personality, maybe you should just stick with a card and a check...

I hate all these lists of "great books for young people"; as if somehow everyone under the age of 30 has a quota of "character building" books they have to read, and no one over the age of 30 has anything more to learn about life.


message 18: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Williams Make good art - Neil Gaiman


message 19: by Chrystal (new)

Chrystal Unmesh wrote: "It'd be more helpful if there's a reason mentioned for why these should be read by new grads"

Agreed!


message 20: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Jackie wrote: "If you don't know the person graduating well enough to pick out a book based on their personality, maybe you should just stick with a card and a check...

I hate all these lists of "great books for..."


Agree, lol. Everyone's tastes are different and every grad is too


message 21: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Chrystal Snowdrop Dreams wrote: "Unmesh wrote: "It'd be more helpful if there's a reason mentioned for why these should be read by new grads"

Agreed!"

I agree too


message 22: by Rachael (new)

Rachael No one gave me any books when I graduated. I would have relished Oh, The Places You'll Go. I would have delighted in Mort by Terry Pratchett (being, as it is, about a youth who becomes apprentice to death; I was a weird kid) or The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (because when life becomes a dull place, without Rhyme or Reason, Tock and Milo and the Humbug and the Spelling Bee know what to do) or A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer (because where the adults think you should go and where you think you're going and where you actually end up are rarely the same place).
That said, I've read four of the above and can see why they suggest these.
Humor about the fact that the world is falling down around their ears, (Hitchhikers), knowledge that nerds win and knowing it all isn't all you need (The Know-It-All and You're Never Strange on the Internet), reminders that adulting is scary and depression happens even to smart people and college isn't the end of being misjudged (Hyperbole and a Half, Bossypants), that going into the world of work, they will encounter idiots and those idiots sometimes are the ones paying them (My Man Jeeves), that magic and love and meaning remain works in progress (The Magicians, Walden on Wheels), that it's important to care because we're all in this together (Cloud Atlas) but to survive sometimes you have to care as little as possible (The Subtle Art), that reading is life (Books to Live By) and since we are all going to die, we might as well live as ourselves (My Grandmother).
That's what I've gleaned from the descriptions and those I've read.


message 23: by Bob (new)

Bob Marovich I'd recommend W. Somerset Maugham's "The Summing Up," especially for budding young writers.


message 24: by Debra (new)

Debra Silverman Emily wrote: "I'd recommend "Congratulations, by the way" by George Saunders."
Great suggestion!!


message 25: by Sonny (new)

Sonny Harris i'm actually thinking of buying Flight by Sherman Alexie and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.


message 26: by Juli Anna (new)

Juli Anna I received a copy of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet when I graduated high school (I was headed toward studying poetry at college), and it was one of the best-timed and most influential book gifts I've ever been given. I would recommend it for creative young people of all ilks.


message 27: by Whitney (new)

Whitney The best book I've ever read that's inspired me to pursue amazing things is Make Your Own Lunch by Ryan Porter -- an incredibly fun and empowering read about figuring out what your true passion is, and how to make your passion your career (with or without going to university).


message 28: by John (new)

John Pellow "Know it all" Book is very well written.I really enjoyed to read this book.


message 29: by Angel (new)

Angel Cotton I Just ordered Prosperity Cipher on Amazon.com can't wait to read it ! Just graduated from UC Irvine and would like to get in touch with myself, wealth, and mindfulness. My mom recommended it to me after she read it when she was starting her own business. so here it goes


message 30: by Nullifidian (new)

Nullifidian I love the recommendation of P. G. Wodehouse, but My Man Jeeves is possibly a poor choice. It may be the first book in the Jeeves & Wooster canon, but half of the book is not Jeeves & Wooster, but Reggie Pepper and his man Voules. I'd sooner recommend Carry On, Jeeves, which consists entirely of Jeeves & Wooster stories (including the four in My Man Jeeves), or some of the Jeeves novels like Right Ho, Jeeves, The Code of the Woosters, Joy in the Morning, The Mating Season, and Thank You, Jeeves. Alternatively, if you want to introduce someone to Wodehouse's oeuvre as a whole, the best single-volume anthology I've ever read is The Most of P. G. Wodehouse.


message 31: by Ludwig (new)

Ludwig Carter I have read this book and I must say that it is one of the best that you can ever come across. Would also recommend W. Somerset Maugham's "The Summing Up," for the young essay writers


message 32: by Healthy (new)

Healthy Shrimp very nice blog and the collection of great books thanks for sharing
healthy shrimp recipes


message 33: by Sathyaraj (new)

Sathyaraj I'd recommend P.G. Wodehouse's "My Man Jeeves,". This is one of the best book that I ever have read, the best Single volume anthology. It will bring up the confidence. Thanks to Behind Talkies.


message 34: by Abdul (new)

Abdul Fahad thanks for sharing a decent collection of must the read book highly recommended !
Samsung Galaxy S10e Reviews


message 35: by Zari (new)

Zari Pathan Thanks for sharing a wonderful post about 12 Surprising Books. Your pictures collection is Awesome. I have highly recommended you have read this books Best Smartphone Reviews and Top celebrities Interviews on ZariBunty. Thanks


message 36: by Stuart (last edited Apr 27, 2019 02:37AM) (new)

Stuart Brown If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, then the egg diet may be appealing to you. the load loss program needs that you just build a minimum of one meal every day round the ancient breakfast staple. however there square measure totally different versions of the egg diet, together with Associate in Nursing egg-only diet, and not all of them square measure healthy or perhaps probably to figure.

Love these books you may like this


message 37: by Abdul (last edited May 18, 2019 08:31AM) (new)

Abdul Fahad Thanks for sharing a wonderful post about 12 Surprising Books. Thats the best piece of content i found about this topic over internet ..Thats a great piece of content i highly appreciate it
Urban Style Interior Design


message 38: by Stuart (last edited Jun 27, 2019 01:02AM) (new)

Stuart Brown Some notable examples embrace a short subject supposed for black audiences within the mid-20th century referred to as “All yank News.” There also are a series of educational psychological state films from the Fifties (check out "Ulcer at Work" for a laugh), home movies recorded by St. George and lyricist, and an Thomas Edison cathode-ray tube of a sneeze from 1894, the oldest living movie with a copyright.

Read More here
Read More here
Read More here


message 39: by Zari (new)

Zari Pathan Thanks for sharing this 12 Books. I hope you have posted a more related article because your post is very helpful and your collection also awesome but I need some Bollywood Gossip mag or books you can help me.


message 40: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Wells Thanks for sharing this 12 awesome books collection about New Grads. But i recommended you HBO best new series useful links.Thanks to visit
euphoria hbo parents guide | euphoria hbo filming locations


message 41: by AmandaPatterson (new)

AmandaPatterson You have shared the information in such a way that i like it and wanted to share it on my wall super dancer and i was going to share it on my wall.


GerriekeHeeremans Thanks for sharing a great post. Your writing skills awesome and easy to readable. You have shared the information in such a way that I like it and wanted to share it on my wall rosario dawson topless and I was going to share it on my wall.


message 43: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Hansson I appreciate it!. I really like it when people get together and share ideas. Great website, continue the good work!. Either way, great web and I look forward to seeing it grow over time. I wait for more information and I ask for a return visit our new Drama: 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Thank you so much.


message 44: by Shakti (new)

Shakti Chishty Wow! Good article...!! I am working for an Bigg Boss Tamil Vote.This could be one of the most useful blogs. We have ever come across on the subject. Actually excellent info! I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.


message 45: by Madhu (new)

Madhu Wow! Good article...!! I am working for an Bigg Boss Tamil Vote.This could be one of the most useful blogs. We have ever come across on the subject. Actually excellent info! I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.


message 46: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Brown very cool job Hayley love to meet you someday, give me some good advice on finding new cool books like these, you can message me on that.


message 47: by Factocert (new)

Factocert The article you have shared here very good. This is really interesting information for me. Thanks for sharing!
ISO Certification in Bahrain


message 48: by Ellefaming (new)

Ellefaming Good day! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for your great information you have here on this post. I am returning to your website for more soon. Best golf Rangefinder


message 49: by Pinoy (new)

Pinoy Channel First of all Thanks you very much for good article. In first paragraph , I read : 'allowing you to plug in specialized additions to optimise transfers for particular database systems.' I want something like : when I start transfer data from one database table to other may be MySql/PosgreySql/Oracle, before transferring to other Database table or file system, I want to encrypt the data , so can you please tell me how to start doing that may be with custom connector or any kind of plugin which I can develop. I really don't know where to start and how to start. Please help me for doing this.
Pinoy TV


message 50: by Pinoy (new)

Pinoy Channel Leverage the comprehensive Mark Hurd Oracle product portfolio to address distinct industry-specific requirements. With solutions for financial services, communications, consumer goods and more, Oracle enables you to accelerate the delivery of innovation, improve customer experiences, and improve margins to drive competitive advantage…..
Pinoy Replay


« previous 1
back to top