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10 Inspiring Books To Read This Winter

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There’s nothing better than curling up on your bed on a chilly day with a cup of coffee and an inspirational book. Also it’s that time of the year when we reflect on the months passed by and promise ourselves to make a change in our lives whether big or small. So in anticipation of the chilly winter days ahead, here I have come up with a list of 10 books to read for a little inspiration.

1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Fankl

This is a book by holocaust survivor, Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. He talks about his experiences of living in Nazi concentration camps and the lessons it taught him about spiritual survival. The author puts forth with convincing arguments that avoiding suffering isn’t realistic. But we can choose how to cope with that suffering and the meaning we attribute to it which will help us to move forward with a renewed purpose.

This is certainly a book that anyone can gain value from. Man’s Search for Meaning has been listed as one of the most influential books in America and has currently sold over 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. If you’re looking for motivational books that can help you find the purpose and value of suffering, then this is the one for you!

2. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This is such a lovely book with lyrical prose and some profound life lessons. The book tells the story of Siddhartha, who is a brahmana. He denounces his family and worldly life in order to seek enlightenment and ends up rediscovering himself through a spiritual journey. Siddhartha is a flawed character but inspite of his flaws, he tries desperately to find peace through his multiple encounters. It’s no surprise that Hermann Hesse — who was influenced by different philosophies — won The Nobel Prize in Literature for a writing style that is simple but manages to deliver powerful messages. This is a beautiful book that will stay with you long after you read it.


3. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

This little book is a must read. A prophet is about to leave the city of Orphalese, but before that, the citizens sit with him and ask him to share his wisdom regarding everyday life. This book shares worldly wisdom in a beautifully poetic way. It has been translated into more than 50 languages and hasn’t fallen out of print since its first publication in 1923. The Prophet is a book that will leave you feeling wiser after you have read it and should be a must on your bookshelf.

It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a wonderful story about an inspiring journey towards self-discovery. It tells the story of a shepherd boy Santiago who desires to travel the world in search of treasure and undertakes the journey to follow his dreams. On his way he meets many messengers, the most influential of which being the alchemist. Mysticism and wisdom combine in this modern classic that has sold millions of copies worldwide. This book encourages us to listen to our hearts, recognize our unique opportunities and follow our dreams, no matter what. Truly inspiring and heart-warming, it is a definite must-read.

5. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This short book has sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone and has been a New York Times bestseller for over 8 years. The Four Agreements reveal the limiting beliefs that we commonly hold which rob us of joy and cause us to endure needless suffering. This book provides an insightful code of conduct which encourages self-reflection and encourages us to do better in our everyday lives.

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth... A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match...Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins.

— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

6. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This inspiring novel has sold over 12 million copies around the world. In this book, the author Mitch Albom shares the wisdom he received from his college professor Morrie Schwartz. The author joins his dying professor Morrie every Tuesday though the final months of his life to discuss the important messages of life in a truly beautiful and heartwarming fashion. This book is definitely going to touch your heart and inspire you in ways beyond your imagination.

7. The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8 AM by Hal Erod

The author says that the aim of the book is to “help you to become the person you need to be to create everything you have ever wanted in your life. There are no limits.” The Miracle Morning teaches you the power of a purpose in life and how everything changes when your life is in alignment with that. The author does not only teach you how to rise early, but he also gives you the tools to become that person you desire to be. It gives a set of six simple, life-changing daily practices, each of which develops one or more of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life.

We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.

— Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Wings of Fire

8. Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam needs no introduction. Wings of Fire is the autobiography of Dr. Kalam covering his early life and his work in Indian space research and missile programs. It is the inspiring story of a boy from an humble background who went on to become a key player in Indian space research and missile programs and later became the president of India. This book is a must read for the people looking for an excuse to not follow their dreams and goals. It will surely inspire you to not complain about destiny and do some real hard-work in life.


9. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This gut-wrenching memoir follows neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi as he is diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. He had a promising career and life ahead but his dreams came crashing down. But this brave man doesn’t give up and keeps performing surgeries till he could do it no more. And then he devoted himself to his another passion i.e. writing. The book records his musings on life, death, illness, and humanity. The book ends rather abruptly as the author passes away. But this book is more about living than dying. It teaches us how one can transcend tragedy and make life meaningful in the time one is given.

Life is both sad and solemn. We are led into a wonderful world, we meet one another here, greet each other - and wander together for a brief moment. Then we lose each other and disappear as suddenly and unreasonably as we arrived.

— Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

10. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

This wonderful novel makes philosophy both accessible and enjoyable. Sophie is just 14 years old when her journey begins. She starts receiving philosophical messages from a mysterious mentor which force her to question her position in the world. This is the book for you if you have an interest in philosophy but find its theoretical jargon difficult to grip. Sophie's World tackles philosophy in an easily readable nature and will surely expand your horizons.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Shaloo Walia


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 28, 2021:

Thanks. The Prophet is indeed a masterpiece.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 28, 2021:

My pleasure.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 28, 2021:

The Prophet is indeed very good.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 28, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada for your kind comment.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 28, 2021:

my pleasure.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 28, 2021:

I am sure you will enjoy the rest of the books too.

manatita44 from london on January 20, 2021:

I have read at least five of them if not more. For me, The Prophet is the most practical and most poetic at the same time. It is a spiritual masterpiece and treatise at the same time.

The language is lofty, sublime and filled with the inner experience of Gibran, the Seer, yet it is instructional, relatable and soothing! Everyone should read this book. Well done, Shaloo!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 20, 2021:

I've read four of these and they were excellent. Thank you for the list. I have some reading to do thanks to you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 20, 2021:

Thanks for the list. I've read Mitch Albom's. Kahlil Gibran's sounds like a must read, but I'm sure they're all very good.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 20, 2021:

That's a wonderful list of books. I have read some of them. Thanks for sharing the reviews. Your YouTube videos are also a great help, for book reading enthusiasts.

Thank you for sharing!

Lora Hollings on January 20, 2021:

I have read three on this list that I thought offered great insights about life and finding purpose. But after reading your excellent reviews, I will have to read all of them. Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2021:

Shaloo, all these books sound wonderful and inspiring. I have only read The Alchemist, but your great reviews have convinced me to give the others a read as well. Thank you for sharing.

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