No matter the occasion, avid readers are likely to think a book is the perfect gift. And with graduation season looming on the horizon, it’s no wonder we’ve received myriad requests for an updated list of graduation gift books that graduates will actually appreciate.
Graduation season may be upon us, but it’s a different kind of graduation season this year. It’s hard to wrap my mind around what it must feel like to graduate with no formal ceremony—and I’m not the one graduating so I can only imagine how they feel. For those of us with graduates in our lives, we can still acknowledge and celebrate their achievement by sending cards and gifts, and we’ll look forward to celebrating in person in the future.
We readers love to give books—which is always fabulous, but especially now, when bookstores could really benefit from your business—but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly which books will actually be appreciated by the people we’re giving them to. We’re here to help: we’ve gathered fifteen titles that high school and college graduates are likely to actually read, enjoy, and maybe even apply to their lives.
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What books here have you read and loved? Do you enjoy giving books as gifts? We’d love to hear what books YOU are planning to give to the graduates in your life. Please tell us below!
P.S. 11 books for figuring out what to do with the rest of your life, and how graduates are like blackberries on the vine.