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Uplifting Books to Read That Give You an Insight on Life

Dhvani Dedhia Apr 22, 2019
Life is a beautiful journey but it can also at times seem overwhelming and confusing. We often find ourselves in need of some positivity and hope. At such times, reading the inspiring stories of others can give us the much needed answers we are looking for.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

When everything in life seemed to be destroyed and with nothing left to lose, Cheryl decides to embark on a journey of self-discovery. The book is Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail all by herself.

"I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me."

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This debut work by Chbosky is a relatable and bittersweet coming-of-age story about Charlie, the protagonist and narrator. The book sheds light on the inexpressive and confused emotions that a person goes through during adolescence.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This novel is a masterpiece that revolves around the adventures of a shepherd boy Santiago, who sets on a mystical journey to follow his dreams in search of a treasure. The plot is simple yet complex and profound at the same time. Peal the layers and one will find various hidden themes and motifs.

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation…”

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Written as a fable, the book is a simple story of a seagull named Jonathan Livingston which stands as a metaphor for everyone having the courage to not fit in and finding a higher purpose in life no matter the odds.

“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way."

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

The book is a memoir of Phil Knight, his experiences and years of struggle after graduating from business school. It’s an inspirational story of his efforts and dream that went into building one of the most renowned brands in the world we now know as Nike.

“Life is growth. You grow or you die.”

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Nominated for a National Book Award, this book is an autobiography of the author’s motivational life story. The book covers themes of racism, rape, literature and oppression. It sheds light on the plight of African American women during the 1930’s and 40’s.

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The book is a memoir of the writer’s personal battle with mental illness. The author pens down the small, beautiful and every day reasons to live life and celebrate the little joys it brings us.

“To other people, it sometimes seems like nothing at all. You are walking around with your head on fire and no one can see the flames.”

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

This is a unique story of August Pullman, a 5th grader born with a facial deformity. All Auggie wants to do is blend in in his school. The book gives us perspective of not only August’s life but also of his friends, his sister and her friends. It teaches us acceptance, compassion and empathy as a society.

“You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.”