Books for Inspiration

Feeling dull about life and trapped by your situation? Try out these books to inspire change and reflect about life’s circumstances.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A must read for any person looking to join an adventure about leaving comfort zones and entering an adventure of a lifetime.

Best Quote: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Getting over a loved ones passing can be a true test for humanity. Join Cheryl on her hike on the PCT as she battles with life’s obstacles in this remarkable story.

Best Quote: “I’d finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in.”

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Getting stranded on a boat with a tiger will test your survivor skills and beliefs. Read this epic tale of exploration by Yann Martel.

Best Quote: “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Travel with Elizabeth to taste the best pizza in Italy, pray with her in India, and fall in love in her journey of self-discovery.

Best Quote: “I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Read Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Randy shares his last lesson about enjoying every moment in life and following your dreams.

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.”

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This love story of two recovering teenage cancer patients will leave any reader crying. A must read for any romantic rooting for love.

Best Quote: “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Martenson

Follow Greg on his mission to build schools in rural villages against all the odds. For an aspiring advocate wanting to help make a change in the world, read about Greg’s story of challenge and triumph.

Best Quote: “Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities, but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.”

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Follow Amir on his mission for redemption in this epic father-son story. Get caught in the family drama that carries through the political turmoil in the Middle East.

Best Quote: “It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime….”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This American classic tale of racial inequality emphasizes the current events of the modern day. A book every person should read for awareness and social justice.

Best Quote: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This young adult’s book of a dystopian society will open reader’s eyes to being more aware of the world and thinking beyond their comfort zones. A definite read for anybody wanting to grow.

Best Quote: “The worst part of holding memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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