What is it with March? I feel like I’m at least a week behind in my life all of a sudden! Someone told me that they think March is kind of like the Monday of months, and everyone I’ve talked to about it since has agreed. In any case, here I am – a week since my last post – and today I’m joining in with last weekend’s #BookishBloggersUnite prompt, hosted this time by Katy at the Bookish Cronk, which was to talk about books you would give as gifts to high school graduates. Make sure you pop over to Katy’s post to check out the other responses.
One book popped into my head immediately when I read the prompt (no prizes for guessing) The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke. This is my number one book that I would make every one read if I could, and I’m sure I’ve raved about it here a bunch of times already. Since I have already talked about it a few times, AND given this is now on reading lists for school students any way, I wanted to pick something new…
I came up with this one: Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed.
I listened to this on audio after hearing it raved about on various Book Riot podcasts, and I loved it.
I think as adults we feel like we want to pass on what we’ve learned to make their ‘coming of age’ easier (or something? I don’t know if that makes sense, but I know what I mean haha) – but really everyone needs so have all the experiences themselves. One of the things I really loved about Tiny Beautiful Things is that it isn’t about telling you how you should feel or react or to ‘keep calm and carry on’ or whatever. What I like about the idea of giving it to high school graduates is that it shows that adults don’t have everything figured out, and that’s ok. Crazy stuff, and bad stuff, is going to happen – but you aren’t alone when it does. Everyone behaves in ways they wish they could change. When you feel like you can’t get your life together, you aren’t alone – we all feel like that at least some of the time.
Make sure you check out the other suggestions for graduate book gifts, over at the Bookish Cronk!