What are the most inspiring books to read?

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    #1The Alchemist

    The Alchemist

    The Alchemist is an inspirational fable written by the famous Brazilian author Paolo Coelho. The book gave Coelho the Guinness World Record for the most translations of the same book in 2009. It was originally published in 1993.

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    Lisa Perkins
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was searching for the best most inspiring books to read and found "The Alchemist". This looks like a very inspirational read and has been translated worldwide so that shows that it's also a very popular book. This is a great solution. "
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    #2Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir-novel originally published in 2006. This book has a film adaptaion released in 2010 under Columbia Pictures.

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    Richard Reyes
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is good for any and all people on journeys.This is a great story for anyone considering attempting new ways of dealing with your mental calamity. It's also a great refresher for those who have been through it as well.If you aren’t hurting and you don’t need the guide to meditation and self discovery, it’s still a great book.That’s a lot to get from one book."
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    #3To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Jesse Berry
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "There's a reason To Kill a Mockingbird is required reading in a lot of schools. It really teaches you about how society can be damaging if we value the wrong things."
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    #4Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Marco Antonio Bernal
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "One of the great books of our time. Frankl relates the severe conditions in the concentration camp. Those without any purpose seemed to perish, it book transcends religion even as I recognize so much of what Frankl writes in my own religious beliefs. I love it "
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    #5A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.

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    Justin Cunningham
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I absolutely love this book and this story. This is a classic and there's not much to say about it. I'm always touched by the end of the book even though I know exactly what's going to happen. It just isn't Christmas without A Christmas Carol."
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    #6The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules by John Irving is a fiction novel about Homer Wells as he became the apprentice of a physician named Dr. Wilbur Larch. There, Homer becomes well-trained and learn and learns about abortion.

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    Emma Phillips
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Controversial issues can be a difficult subject especially for a sensitive person such as myself. This novel projects these issues in such a humane way that provide multiple POV making it an easier read!"
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    #7The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Julie Chapman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I bought this book for my daughter and we are reading it out loud to each other in the evenings. It is told from the perspective of a young girl living in nazi Germany and a good way to learn the historical events. "
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    #8By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

    By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho is a poetic novel about the extremities of love and life. This book follows the story of two young lovers who met again after eleven year.

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    Zhang Wan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is heavily influenced by Catholicism and the concept of the divine feminine as represented by the Blessed Mother. If religious themes do not bother you then you will love this book. My favorite quote from the book is “The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love.” This book is Paul Coelho at his finest, and I will reread this book again and again, because with each reread you get a different feel and a different lesson learned. "
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    #9Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.

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    Carolyn Fernandez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Memoirs of a Geisha follows Nitta Sayuri's journey in learning the art of becoming a geisha. It's an inspiring book that hits all of the right notes."
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    #10The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    Bryan Walsh
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Learning to help yourself through this life is essential. The Help is a historical fiction novel that shows how three women can fight through oppression. Showing you how anyone can make it through anything working together."
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    #11Narcissus and Goldmund

    Narcissus and Goldmund

    Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse is a historical and philosophical fiction novel published in 1930. This book tells the story of Goldmund's search for the 'meaning of life' and his friendship with a brilliant teacher - Narcissus.

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    Carol Yin
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Narcissus and Goldmund is one of the most inspiring books that I have read in a long time. Written by Hermann Hesse, it is a historical novel about Goldmund's search for the meaning of life with his teacher. It is heart warming and also suspenseful. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Excellent read. "
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    #12Brida

    Brida
    Brida by Paulo Coelho is a fiction novel originally published in 1990. This inspiring and brilliant book follows the journey of Brida on her pursuit of wisdom and her tales of love and spirituality. 
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    Sandra Gibson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The author is very talented, weather this is the most inspiring book to read, I am not so sure about that. Still overall a good book that is inspiring, I just dont know if it the most inspiring."
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    #13Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Brandon Hoffman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "Night (The Night)" as a birthday gift for a friend of mine because, beside the sad story treated there (the Holocaust), my friend is really interested to that historical period. In the book is described the horror of the second world war, of the concentration camps, and all the negative feelings accompanying them. Very intense one, not for children."
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    #14The Last Lecture

    The Last Lecture
    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow is a nonfiction self-help book originally published in April 2008. This is a New York Times best-selling book about life lessons taken straight from Pausch's private life.
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    Kevin Johnson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    ""The Last Lecture" represents an above‐average pick for this particular category. This work is considered well written, engaging, interesting and poignant by a wide variety of readers. It is highly readable, and offers substantive observations and life lessons concerning the nature and meaning of life, in particular from the perspective of a successful academic and professional with a terminal illness."
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    #15Forever, Christian

    Forever, Christian

    Forever, Christian by Tina Traverse is a non-fcition book originally published in 2012. This book explores how far blood ties can take you. It tells the story of a young boy and the unconditional love of a mother.

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    Justin Keller
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "this book is so inspiring. it contains lots of advice and inspiring stories, stories that can change your life. i like it. "
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    #16Tuesdays With Morrie

    Tuesdays With Morrie
    Tuesdays With Morrie is a bestselling memoir by American author Mitch Albom, first published in 1997. It tells the story of the author's relationship with a former college professor, who taught him important life lessons.
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    Pamela Salazar
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A student professor novel that develops into more than that. With the protege learning about school, but more importantly learning about life. Tuesdays with Morrie is based on a true story by American author Mitch Alborn."
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    #17Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir

    Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir

    Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir is written by Debra Roinestad which is a story of her survival in the hands of her psychotic, violent, drug-dealing parents and other members of her dysfunctional family. 

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    Jonathan Wong
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The drug-dealing parents angle needs more thinking to be done. I can see the overall route but the story of her survival is very near and dear to people. This needs to be valued heavily. Family focus is a legit angle as well."
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    #18Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality

    Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality

    Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality by Stephen Richards is a non-fiction book originally published in 2006. This novel delves into the idea of the "Cosmic Ordering" and how it affected Richards' life.

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    Brenda Medina
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I am a big fan of spiritual books so I was really looking forward to reading this one. Unfortunately, Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality by Stephen Richards, was a big letdown. I was disappointed with the confusing story and the self-pity tone of the main character. Plus, I found it somewhat offensive because of the way it treats other religions like Christianity. I didn't find this book very helpful or inspiring."

Summary

Best What are the most inspiring books to read
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The AlchemistBooks 49 Paid
2Eat, Pray, LoveBooks 43 Paid
3To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 40 Paid
4Man's Search for MeaningBooks 40 Paid
5A Christmas CarolBooks 38 Paid
6The Cider House RulesBooks 35 Paid
7The Book ThiefBooks 33 Paid
8By the River Piedra I Sat Down and WeptBooks 30 Paid
9Memoirs of a GeishaBooks 29 Paid
10The HelpBooks 26 Paid
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