While graduation season ended in Kentucky a few weeks ago, I know that there are still students out there who are just finishing up their school year. That said, these books would be appropriate for anyone who’s about to embark on a new phase in life, or anyone who needs some inspiration.

Without further ado, five books that were originally commencement addresses:

Now Go Out There (and Get Curious) by Mary Karr

Memoirist Karr’s 2015 speech at Syracuse University, where she teaches, resonated with a wider audience than just the graduating seniors. To quote the description at Indiebound, “Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious & compassionate will save your ass.”

 This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

This 2005 Kenyon College speech is long a classic. Wallace also talked about compassion during this address. Wise words from a writer who left us far too soon.

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman delivered this speech in 2012 to graduates of the Philadelphia University¬†of the Arts. While intended for a “creative” audience, this book is encouragement for anyone to think outside the box.

Congratulations, by the Way by George Saunders

Another commencement address from Syracuse University, with a simple message. The transcript of this speech went viral back in 2013, so you may have already read it. Your favorite grad would probably appreciate a hard copy of it, though!

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

Rowling delivered this speech at Harvard University in 2008; it was published for the first time last year. From the Indiebound description, “How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?” I mean, those questions are valid for anyone, not just recent graduates.

*Nothing against Dr. Seuss’s book, of course! I just tend to think of this Better Book Title when I see it.