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10 Books For Your Post-Grad Reading List

Posted by Michelle McGuire on Oct 26, 2018

Tags: Early career advice

You may have graduated, but that doesn’t mean you should stop reading. Now that you’re out in the real world there’s even more to learn! How do you get a promotion? What even is a 401K? How do you do this thing called adulting? Assemble your own fall reading list with these ten suggestions and take on your first years out of college like a champ!

For mentorship advice without the mentor: Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg isn’t just for the young professional ladies out there. It answers all of the pressing questions you have about your first job like how to negotiate your salary and write your resume, all while discussing how everyone plays a role in creating a more equitable workplace.

For those who miss school: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson satisfies your itch to learn by tackling the oldest, biggest questions we’ve asked about the universe and ourselves. Think of it as the most entertaining science book ever.

For financial planning 101: The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack tells you everything you need to know about what you should do once your first paycheck hits the bank. While college may have gotten you the job, this book will help plan your financially secure future.

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For those who miss the dining halls: Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook by Better Homes and Gardens has been around since 1930 and there’s a reason why. This cookbook is your true all-in-one kitchen resource with recipes, cooking tips, and much-needed photographs to make sure your meal is on track.


For the search for direction: Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans examines the age-old question, “what do you want to be when you grow up? It’s normal to feel adrift after college while you search for your perfect future. This book walks you through how to use design skills to create a life that works for you.

For life-changing habits: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg is all about the one thing we often avoid thinking about: our habits. Why do we have them? How can we transform them? Learn about how changing your habits can transform both your professional and personal life.

For mastering adulting: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown is your older sister sharing all of the adulting tips she learned the hard way from how to rent an apartment to how to avoid office romance drama.

For much-needed inspiration: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is simply extraordinary. Based on the final lecture given by Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch after he learned he had cancer, you’ll be inspired by his words of wisdom on how to live every day with purpose and joy

For a classic take on success: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was originally released in 1936 and has sold over 15 million copies making it one of the best-selling books of all time! You’ll learn the best ways to interact with people to ensure your success.

For your wanderlust: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz gives you ideas to take your traveling a step further than your study abroad. Now that you have a paycheck you can start planning your best adventure yet!

Time to dust off that library card or take out your credit card and get reading!

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