May is Get Caught Reading Month, and it’s also filled with graduations. So what better way to celebrate both than with a collection of entertaining books sure to send your new graduate off into the world armed with shiny new facts and fun?
Here are a few titles we know your grad will love, packed with information to keep their brains firing long after the diplomas are hung on the wall.
For the “Think You Know It All”
Your grad has left school with all the information they’ll ever need right? Things like Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. Wrong and Wrong. Get your grads The Book of General Ignorance, and let them put their years of learning to the test. This entertaining book packed with trivia challenges the ideas of what we think we know, but don’t.
For the Things They Don’t Teach in School
Feuds, plagiarists, hoaxes, lies, schemes, scandals, evil dictators, mob bosses, acts of revenge, angry queens, cannibals, and delicious animals we’ve charbroiled into extinction. Mental Floss: Forbidden Knowledge is packed with all the dirty little secrets they don’t put in textbooks. Give you grad a taste of the real world with this irreverent romp through history, uncovering the less savory but entertaining facts they never learned in school.
The Geek Has Inherited the Earth
Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t — something we all can learn from.
Send your newly-graduated geek into the world with Geek Wisdom, a volume of some 200 of the most powerful and oft-cited quotes from nerd culture. These beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11.
For more ideas to congratulate your new graduate, check out our full selection of books for grads.