Your Work Isn’t Over! Top 10 Books Every 2019 Grad Needs to Read

Graduation season is here for some of us.

That means endless partying, family gatherings and lots of aunties and uncles asking about your next moves. Although this is an exciting time, it can be overwhelming for those who don’t have updates to post on their LinkedIn feed. I’m here to tell you don’t trip. The first few months after graduation should be a time of self-reflection as it is a transition into adulthood.

Here are some of my favorite books that will inspire recent some grads to conquer the world on your own terms.

1. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl- Issa Rae

This book dives into the world of our favorite mogul millennial. Issa Rae shares her experience growing up in L.A., her Senegalese background and of course her experience with men!

2. I’m Judging You- Luvvie Ajayi

The lovely Luvvie Ajayai dives into the underlying connotations in the cultural trends that drive our world today. This book combines humor and real-talk to offer a sense of reflection before going out into the real world.

3. The Power of Habit- Charles Duhigg

Are you the type of person who has a bad habit or two? Well, this book will guide you in figuring out why that is with real-world examples. The Power of Habit is great for all grads, especially the Psychology majors out there.

4. Think & Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

This entrepreneur classic is great for those graduates who have the business niche immediately. This book serves as a guide for hustlers to take the world on.

5. The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

This book may have showed up on your high school’s reading list, but reading it at this age provides a whole spiritual experience. This book is great for those still figuring out their next steps or struggling with the idea of moving away for work for the first time.

6. 101 Secrets for Your Twenties- Paul Angone

This one is a light-hearted self-help book, and the title tells you everything you need to know about this one! Great for yourself, or as a gift for a fellow graduate.

7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Mark Manson

Life happens.

tragedy strikes, the best moments seem to fly by too fast. This is not your typical self-help book but it does provide the tips insight into why releasing pressure from yourself will only lead to a better life.

8. The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander

Exploring mass incarceration in the age of colorblind is the premise. Michelle Alexander provides endless legal documents and statistics that prove America is not the just nation it claims to be.

9. Becoming- Michelle Obama

A memoir by out forever First Lady, Michelle Obama explores her past and how it lead her to becoming to the most educated first lady in American history and creating the most inclusive white house the world has ever seen.

10. Sula- Toni Morrison

One of the greatest novelists of our time, Toni Morrison shares the story of two friends in rural Ohio growing up and coming into their on in this wild, beautiful, catastrophic place we call America.

Written by Kayla Swanson

Kayla was born and raised in the Big Easy, where she currently works as the PR and digital media strategist for GrowHaus Studio. She also serves as the director of marketing for her family’s insurance agency Swanson Insurance Agency. Kayla and her sister are in the process of taking over the company in the next 5 years. Her hobbies include creating google documents for vacations and conferencing around the country. You can follow her journey via Instagram @kaylamswanson

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