20 must-read inspirational Books for getting much-needed inspiration
INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS-“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway. True to every word, a book teaches us what a person can never teach about a subject. That’s why they say that a book is man’s second best friend after the dog. They are a great means to get inspired when you are feeling low in life, just pick a book from this list and start reading. As you start turning those pages you’ll also see your problem going away.
Here are some of the best inspirational books that you should give a read:
#1 Diary of Anne Frank:
The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. What makes it special is the fact that she was only 13 when she wrote the diary, in the most adverse conditions possible yet it is full of positivity and inspiration.
Best quote: “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them because, in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
#2 The Alchemist (By Paulo Coelho):
The book follows the story of a young shepherd boy named Santiago, after seeing a dream and getting it interpreted he believes that he’ll find the treasure near the pyramids of Egypt, what follows is the story of total inspiration and wit.
Best quote: “And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
#3 Awaken the giant within ( By Anthony Robbins):
The book says “Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards and believe you can meet them”. I think you got the idea.
Best quote: “in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know.”
#4 The life of pi (By Yann Martel):
The protagonist is Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
It inspires us about living in most difficult of conditions and even thriving and come out as a winner at the end.
Best quote: “It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterward, even unto our names.”
#5 The kite runner (By Khaled Hosseini):
The story of two boys from Afghanistan whose life changes after the war, and guilt that follows, It’s the ending that gets me every time.
Best quote: “For you, a thousand times over”
#6 One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (By Ken Kesey):
McMurphy’s struggle is what makes this novel an inspiring one.
Best quote: “Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
#7 The fault in our stars (By John Greene):
The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with cancer. Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player, and amputee. What follows is their beautiful companionship and courageous battle with cancer.
Best quote: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
#8 You can win (By Shiv Khera):
Must have book if you are feeling low or pointless in life.
Best quote: “Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”
#9 A tale of three kings (By Gene Edwards):
Well, the quote says it all.
Best quote: “…he seemed to grasp a deep understanding of the unfolding drama in which he had been caught. He seemed to understand something that few of even the wisest men of his day understood…God wanted a broken vessel.”
#10 Count of Monte Cristo (By Alexandre Dumas):
One of the best by Alexandre Dumas.
Best quote: “All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope”
#11 Don’t sweat the small stuff (By Richard Carlson):
Don’t sweat the small stuff, and dear it’s all the small stuff. Really!!
Best quote: “Effective listening is more than simply avoiding the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or finishing their sentences. It’s being content to listen to the entire thought of someone rather than waiting impatiently for your chance to respond.”
#12 The power of positive thinking (By Norman Vincent Peale):
This you should read, irrespective of your state right now!
Best quote: “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”
#13 The art of happiness (By Dalai Lama):
A masterpiece by Dalai Lama must read for a happy living.
Best quote: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
#14 Wild (By Cheryl Strayed):
A journey of a woman to explore the Pacific trail and her inner self, truly inspiring and worth a read.
Best quote: “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe, strong and brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
#15 The last lecture (By Randy Pausch):
A real classic and worth the time spent.
Best quote: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
#16 Megaliving (By Robin Sharma):
#17 To kill a mockingbird (By Harper Lee):
#18 Eat, Pray, Love (By Elizabeth Gilbert):
#19 The secret (By Rhonda Byrne):
#20 I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai):