Are you looking for more books to read, but want to be motivated and inspired after you finish them? Check out these 11 book titles!

Hello, everyone! I can’t believe I’ve been here at FurnishMyWay for almost a year and a half, and I have yet to write a post about books. I’ve written about pretty much everything else that I love, from plants to superheroes to food, but not books! I am such a terrible bookworm! I haven’t been able to read as much since starting my graduate degree, but hey, I can still make lists of books I need to read, right? I asked the lovely people of Quora to share with me books that changed their lives and I got a mix of responses from highly inspirational books to religious texts to YA novels. It was awesome, so needless to say I have a ton of material to share with you. Today, I want to talk about books that can motivate you. I have 11 great inspirational titles for you, so sit back, relax, and let’s talk books to read!

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Books to Read for Motivation Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom New York Times Bestseller

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This was a super popular choice. Mitch Albom’s book is as beautiful as it is inspiring. This one is fictional, but reads as if it is real. I love books like that. I have not read this one myself yet, but it is definitely on my list now! It’s also a movie, that I have not seen, but it’s supposed to be really good too! I’m one of those who prefers to read the book before watching the movie, so I eventually need to read this one so I can see the movie!

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The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Books to Read for Motivation The Untethered Soul Michael Singer New York Times Bestseller


If you want to find a purpose outside of yourself, as a lot of us do, this is one of the best books to read. Recommended by several book lovers, Michael Singer’s book not only looks beautiful (yes, I do judge books by their covers!) but it’s written beautifully as well. Basically it covers what life would be like if you lived without limitations. If you have limitations (we all do) it’s okay! You’ll learn how to overcome them and use them to live an untethered life. I love that idea!

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Books to Read for Motivation The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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This one has been recommended to me by my yoga studio, my more spiritual friends, and now book lovers on Quora. This book goes over how to get past your limitations, but also how to deal with unhappiness as it comes along. It’s beautifully written, and easy to read and understand. I see now why everyone keeps recommending it. It also has a companion book, as well as a continuation in The Fifth Agreement to help truly guide you to self-mastery. Sounds like they’re some of the best books to read!

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Books to Read for Motivation The Secret Rhonda Byrne Oprahs Book Club


Now, we get to a book I have read! I was given this book at a very low point in my life, and it honestly helped me turn myself around. It’s easy to read, and really helps you figure out how your thinking can change your life, either in a positive or negative way. It gives you the framework for the power of thought, and you get to decide how you wish to use it. It’s seriously one of the best books. I have it on my shelf near my desk so I can see it every time I work on my thesis to remind myself “You totally have this thesis in the bag, Julie! You got this!"

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Books to Read for Motivation The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Modern Classic Spirituality


This was a very popular recommendation! Practically every 5th person recommended reading The Alchemist, and after looking into it, I totally get why. It follows a shepherd who has a recurring dream he believes to be prophetic, and since the universe will help you achieve what you desire, he goes for it. Such a wonderful book of self-discovery, finding your Personal Legend (what you want to accomplish in life), and achieving it. Definitely worth it to read a book like this!

The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler

Books to Read for Motivation The Art of Happiness Dalai Lama Howard C Cutler International Bestseller


If you want to be motivated and inspired, you have to read The Art of Happiness! It shows you how to retrain your outlook on life so you can be more focused, calm, and of course happier! You also learn what it is that your body and spirit need in order to reach said happiness, which most people forget about. Written by a psychiatrist who interviewed Dalai Lama, it’s one of the top books to read if you’re looking for inspiration and motivation!

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Books to Read for Motivation Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom Runaway Bestseller


Mitch Albom is very popular, and this book was another one that was highly recommended. Based on real accounts, this book is inspiring, sad, and wonderful all at the same time. It follows the interviews Albom had with Morrie, his old professor dying from ALS, and talks about both of their lives, and life in general. Definitely one of the great books to read, but have tissues handy!

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Books to Read for Motivation The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin Sharma Bestseller


I was immediately intrigued by the title of this one, and I gotta say, it lives up to it! It is one of the best novels to read, according to Quora. It follows the fictional story of a man who sold his Ferrari to take a spiritual journey in the Himalayas (hence the title). If you feel overworked, stressed, and just downright beaten down by life, crack open this book! You’ll appreciate the fact you did!

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Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Books to Read for Motivation Cosmos Carl Sagan New York Times Bestseller


I have not read this one yet, but I have seen Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Netflix, and let me tell you, I watch it whenever I am overwhelmed and feel like I can’t get anything else done. I don’t even actually ‘watch’ it anymore, I just let Neil deGrasse Tyson’s soothing voice tell me about the stars, and I feel both inspired and relaxed at the same time. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, Cosmos is supposed to be one of the best science books ever, and it’s on my list to read next!

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Books to Read for Motivation Creativity Inc Ed Catmull Amy Wallace New York Times Bestseller


This book was recommended to me by my sister when I was complaining about how Big Magic, a book I read for my yoga teacher training, bashed those who were naturally creative. Don’t get me wrong, that book is awesome, but I was turned off at how the author continued to talk down those who are already very creative. My sister then recommended this ebook to me. She had just finished it, and said it was everything I was wanting from a creativity inspiring book. And she was right! It speaks about harnessing creativity from a business standpoint, but if you think of yourself as that business, everything makes perfect sense.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Books to Read for Motivation Walden Henry David Thoreau Classics

c/o Julie Kircher

I’m a sucker for Walden. I don’t even remember the first time I read it. It has always inspired me to slow down, take a break, and gather up my motivation for the project at hand. I should probably read it again soon, because I am seriously lacking motivation to do much of anything right now. And that’s what this whole list was for! Giving us all good books to read to help us chill out and be motivated for everything else in our lives. This book definitely does it for me!

There you have it, folks! It’s an eclectic mix, but there is something on here for everyone, I hope! Have you read any top books that just inspired you to do things, or be better? Share them with me in the comments below, and don’t forget to show your family and friends this post, especially if they love to read new books! As always, stay nerdy, my friends!