You’ve Graduated (Congrats!) – Now What?

Graduation season is upon us! Whether you’re graduating from high school, college, or grad school, you’re likely nervous about what comes next. Budgeting, home repair, jobs and interviewing – we get it – adulting is hard.

But don’t worry, we can help. APL librarians specially selected the following books specifically for new graduates looking for insight on life, work, and what comes next.


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams BrownCall Number: 818.6 Brown, Kelly


Get the Interview Edge! Tips to Getting Hired from Interviewers by Kim Chung and Elisa Hui, Call number 650.14 Chung, Kim


Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School by Genevieve Morgan, Call number 331.7 Morgan, Genevieve


Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism by Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby, Call number 371.82 Pomerantz, Shauna


The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack, Call Number: 332.02 Olen, Helaine


You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, Call Number: 158.1 Sincero, Jen


In! College Admissions and Beyond: The Experts’ Proven Strategy for Success by Lillian Luterman and Jennifer Bloom, Call Number: 378.16 Luterman, Lillian


College Rules! How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Call Number: 378.19 Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie

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Beyond Bullets: Creative Journaling Ideas to Customize your Personal Productivity System by Megan Rutell, Call Number: 158 Rutell, Megan


Popular Mechanics’ When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters by C.J. Petersen, Call Number: 643.7 Petersen, C.J.


Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in the Business by Carrie Kerpen, Call Number: 650.1 Kerpen, Carrie


Cracking the New Job Market: 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy by R. William Holland, Call Number: 650.14 Holland, R. William


What Now? By Ann Patchett, Call Number: 158.1 Patchett, Ann

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Graphic Novel with a Female Lead

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A Graphic Novel with a female lead.”


Comic books and graphic novels aren’t just for boys. Check out these great graphic novels and comic books with strong, female lead characters!

 Squirrel Girl



Captain Marvel



Hawkeye: Kate Bishop



Lumberjanes (Young Adult Graphic Novel)



Wonder Woman



Bitch Planet



Harley Quinn



 Buffy the Vampire Slayer



The Baby-Sitters Club (Juvenile Graphic Novel)



Smile (Juvenile Graphic Novel)



 Ghosts (Juvenile Graphic Novel)



Drama (Juvenile Graphic Novel)



Ms. Marvel



Roller Girl (Juvenile Graphic Novel)



The Complete Persepolis



Paper Girls






Babymouse (Juvenile Graphic Novel)



Are You My Mother?



 This One Summer (Young Adult Graphic Novel)


Happy Reading!

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Spotlight on Young Adult Books


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#1 of Legacy of Orisha Series)

Zélie, her brother Tzain, and princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Goodreads rating:  4.22/5 stars


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (#1  of Truly Devious Series)

When Stevie Bell is finally able to return to Ellingham Academy after identifying the culprit in the murder of a classmate, she begins to wonder if the case was really resolved and attempts to uncover the truth about the school’s founder.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars


The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Goodreads Rating:  4.10/5 stars


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (#1 of  Nikolai Duology)

When the dark magical force within him challenges his effort to forge new alliances and build a defense against a new threat, Nikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, embarks on a journey to his country’s most magical places to vanquish it.

Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 stars


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies.

Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 stars


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

When one of five students in detention is found dead, his classmates–including an intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer, and an athlete–are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars


Renegades by Marissa Meyer (#1 of Renegades Series)

Seeking to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them both.

Goodreads Rating: 4.15/5 stars


Scythe by Neal Shusterman (#1 of Scythe Series)

In a world in which the only way to die is to be killed by a scythe, Citra and Rowan compete to earn a position as a scythe’s apprentice–a competition that will see the loser die by the hand of the winner.

Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5 stars


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (#3 DC Icons Series)

Returning to Gotham as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees, Selina Kyle teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to wreak havoc on the city while Batman’s off on a mission.

Goodreads Rating:  4.14/5 stars


WarCross by Marie Lu (#1 of Warcross Series)

After hacking into the Warcross Championships’ opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game’s creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.

Goodreads Rating: 4.20/5 Stars


Don’t forget to check out the Spring Teen Newsletter here.


Join our book club at APL to discuss a YA book each month. We will next meet on April 30th at 6:30pm to discuss our next book: Dry by Neal Shusterman. Request the book and find out more information at the library!

FYI – Any of these books would be great choices for the YA book category in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge!

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