Every single day, we discover new books that will change our lives. Moreover, these stories allow us to take trips to every place and time imaginable and to experience life as a completely new person. So in honor of National Read A Book Day, here are five inspirational books that you might have not read yet, but you definitely should consider:
1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
“What is creativity? The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.”
We mostly know Elizabeth Gilbert for Eat, Pray, Love, which later became a successful Hollywood film. Gilbert’s Big Magic, however, personifies creativity and explores how best to use it to change our lives. Whether you’re a creative type or a STEMinist, this book will take you on a journey of self-discovery.
2. The Art Of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson
“It’s up to us how we get from A to B to C to D. I might never light up the sky. None of us might. It doesn’t matter. What matters is: did you do the best you could with the tools you had at hand?”
In The Art Of Not Falling Apart, Christina Patterson describes just that – how to not fall apart. Furthermore, she describes how losing hope drove her to impressive self-discovery. If you need a little “pick-me-up,” then Patterson’s book is definitely worth your time.
3. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
“There is a simple way to package information that, under the right circumstances, can make it irresistible. All you have to do is find it.”
The Tipping Point focuses on the art of persuasion. Moreover, it’s an interesting take on how societal trends closely resemble epidemics. Hence, anyone who enjoys finding patterns in everyday life will love Gladwell’s “points.”
4. On The Shortness of Life by Seneca
“He who fears death will never do anything worthy of a living man.”
Philosopher Seneca’s novella details his journey towards understanding life. Moreover, he underlines how short life is and explains how we can make the best of our limited time on this planet. Although Seneca’s rhetoric may feel old-timey, his message still holds great power today. If you enjoy philosophical discussions and debates, then this inspirational book is for you.
5. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
This heartbreaking book, which was written by an Auschwitz survivor, received international praise. Doctor Viktor Frankl described his concentration camp experience in emotional detail. Man’s Search For Meaning also breaks down Frankl’s assimilation process after his release from the camp. Thus, this powerful book is full of extremely touching moments, and everyone should read this firsthand account.
Books have the exceptional power to transport us to new worlds in mere seconds. Reading also helps us feel, love, and suffer along with each character and writer we encounter. No one can take away the connections we forge when we devour books.
Of course, there are many more inspirational books out there waiting for us to read them. Do you know of any? Share them with us in the comments!