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Graduating is an exciting, scary time. For some, jobs are lined up and a post-grad-life plan is forming, for others jobs are still something to be found and the plan may be to move back home. But for all, this is a time when our lives are no longer mapped out for us and we are the ones who are charged with making the decisions – for better or for worse – that will shape our future. Every young adult has and will go through a period of time when she feels lost, confused or unsure, as well as hopeful, excited and ready to take the leap.
To help with this mix of emotions, I’ve complied a list of books that I believe every twenty-something should read immediately post-graduation when she is standing at the brink of starting the next chapter in her life: adulthood.
1) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you have ever felt lost, heartbroken, or itching to travel, follow Elizabeth’s journey to self-discovery and her path to finding inner peace, acceptance, and understanding love in her own way as she moves on after a tough divorce and bad break up.
If you liked this read, check out The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner
2) Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
In her book, Sandberg teaches us the value of sitting at the table, being present now and using our voices to take a stance for our futures and reminds us not to check out before the game even starts.
3) The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Here, Dr. Chapman explains the intricacies of how we portray and perceive love. He explains how the way we understand love, whether it be romantic love towards a spouse or significant other, familial love towards parents or siblings, or platonic love towards friends or coworkers, can be greatly affected by our ability to speak our own love language and the language of others to make deep, meaningful connections.
4) Girls in White Dresses By Jennifer Close
A glimpse into the lives of three girls who feel as though all of their friends are up and getting married as they still struggle to establish themselves in their adult lives – this is a relatable portrayal of life after college and how reality is never as we imagine it.
Similar titles: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
5) The Fault In Our Stars
I believe ever gal (and guy) needs to read a novel from the “Young Adult” category every once in a while to stay in touch with the heart wrenching, confusing and tumultuous emotions of our youth to be reminded that these feelings never quite leave us. YA novels remind us to stay in touch with our sense of adventure, just as Hazel and Gus do in TFIOS as they battle the meaning of love, life, and understanding everything in between.
There will always be a time when you’re feeling highs or lows, and there will never be a time when things are exactly right. It’s important to take a step back to reevaluate a situation, and remember what is at the core. Post-graduation plans ( and the making and breaking of them) are just another part of the biggest adventure of all – life.