10 books you must read after college

Whether you’re finished with school for now or forever, we’re assigning you with mandatory reading material for freshman year in the “real world.” Relax, there won’t be a pop quiz.

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Finding Your Way in a Wild New World By Martha Beck The world is your oyster—a daunting realization.  Thankfully, you can rely on your very own paperback life coach, Martha Beck, for advice on next steps during your journey of self-discovery.

The 5 Love Languages By Gary Chapman Seeking a relationship or reveling in single life freedom, these lessons on leading a healthy love life amidst a busy schedule are sure to apply to you—or someone you know.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  By Marie Kondo Star student or class clown, pay close attention to Marie Kondo’s advice on organization for any phase of life. Trust us, these are lessons worth learning.

The Gifts of Imperfection By Brene Brown Armed with Brene Brown’s knowledge on maintaining perspective and worthiness during this transitional time, you’ll find yourself prepared for any internal battles that charge in your direction.

On the Road By Jack Kerouac There’s no bigger ode to young adulthood, and the departure from adolescence, than Kerouac’s famed novel. If for no other reason, read this one to find common ground with your new elder colleagues.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou A defining age-old classic, it’s the perfect time to (re)visit this notorious memoir.  Angelou’s insightful and poetic prose will challenge you to approach every situation with unconditional compassion.

The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton Whether you’ve read it once, twice, or not at all, Hinton’s novel is a not-so-gentle reminder that you’re never-so-alone in this great big world.

I Am Malala By Malala Yousafzai Guaranteed to make you feel fortunate for your education, Malala Yousafzai shares the story of her courageous fight for freedom to attend school as a female in Pakistan.

Just Kids By Patti Smith A candid memoir recalling her beginnings as a twenty-something in New York City, Patty Smith proves that determination and courage can induce a “big break” or, at the very least, a little bit of luck.

The Vacationers By Emma Straub Jobs, friends, roommates and relationships will come and go, but family is forever. This uplifting tale of familial trials and tribulations is a reminder to cherish the bonds you have with your loved ones.