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15 Essential Novels to Read Before You Graduate College

It is a gratifying act to be handed your diploma since it is something to be considered as your own certification for all those years of studying spent secluded in the college library and the hard work you put yourself through all the hectic deadlines.


With thousands and thousands of college students all set to march and receive their diplomas this year, which can only mean there are a lot of you who will set themselves up to the reality of becoming a full pledged adult. Making decisions for your career, choosing what paths to take for achieving your personal goals, while also setting yourself up towards success, these are just a few that you will constantly think about during the course of your professional life.

From beyond what your college classes had to offer and what it has taught you, there are some things you will have to learn on your own because as they always said, Experience is the best teacher. But to help ease the process of adjusting from student to adult, there are certain books that can give you a glimpse of what the nature of growing up has in store for you. Even with all those self-help books you see offered by educational publishing services, there are also novels available for your enjoyment.

Here is a list of some of the books you need to consider reading before you march on to the stage and graduate college:

1. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

This is a personal favorite. It may look like a children’s book due to the charming and simplistic art but this book is more than that. Even with its whimsical drawings identified to be a classic fairytale for children, you’ll see how the story of the little prince travelling from a lonely planet to our borders on the lessons of growing up.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book is perfect in bringing in a fresh perspective on success and teaches people to evaluate what each of us are capable of and how the past cannot be retrieve no matter how much we want to get it back.

3. This is Water by David Foster Wallace

David Foster was able to relay his message through this book, as he reminds us that through ourselves and our skills do we maintain a level of compassion and awareness as we move toward our own quest for success.

4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

This is a book recommended for aspiring writers mostly because, as the title says, it is partly a guide to writing and part memoir. So even if you have your reference books in your writing class, this will also prove to be useful in improving your wiritng style.

5. Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be A Grown-Up

If you are familiar with the name, Grace Helbig is the host of E!’s The Grace Helbig Show and that she is also know in the Youtube world for her channel named it’sGrace. Her book is a comedic take on a handbook for young adults who are experiencing the many challenges of life.

6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is a necessity for every college student’s literary adventure. This is a story of a girl growing up and learning about life, how it also portrays public opinion and social status and what we can learn from it.

7. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and female billionaire, brings you a book that compels women to succeed at their careers.

8. Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake

Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want is a book perfect for graduating college students which gives them handy tricks and tips on how to maneuveur their way to the adult environment of work, finance, home, health and your own personal growth

9. Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Frued

This book, Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Frued, might have been a requirement for your Psych class but nonetheless it is a must read for any college student due to Freud imparting his ideas and understanding of the world and the society we live in and why it is the way it is.

10. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Jeffrey Eugenides brings you The Marriage Plot which basically covers what students feel like from your thesis and making mistakes even after senior year.

11. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

We all have that free spirit in us that we want to unleash and find out how much we can be independent. But this book can also truly enlighten us on figuring thinigs out on our own.

12. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

This books as the title already gives you an idea on what it is about tells you How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.

13. You are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

This is a book that targets those technology-minded students because the books itself tells us about challenging what’s in the current and turning it into something better.

14. What Color is Your Parachute? 2016 by Richard N. Bolles

It’s safe to say that since you are about to graduate, this book can is your friendly guide to job hunting which basically you’ll need once you step out into the real world.

15. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch novel is a must-read as it stresses its importance in overcoming every obstacle thrown at us as long as we ensure that we achieve our childhood dreams while also encouraging others to live life to its fullest.

Author Bio

Randolph Hoover and his family were originally from San Diego California but he is currently studying Business Administration in Umea University in Sweden. Aside from being a student, He also helps his parents with their home maintenance business in their home in Umea. He is also one of the marketing guy for SPi Global.

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