One thing that I’ve been wanting to do for a while is to get all of my favourite inspirational books together in one spot. So a few days ago I decided to make an “inspirational bookshelf”.
Inspirational books for me are not just a bunch of titles that I found in one go at the self-help section of Chapters (or equivalent). As I often stress in my blog posts, I believe that inspiration can come from a lot of places. Since I’m an aspiring ecologist, I find inspiration in science (Darwin and biographies) and science-fiction (“20,000 leagues under the sea”? classic). I’m also inspired by creative books, like Wreck this Journal, Steal like an Artist, and my Smashbooks. And of course, I love Echart Tolle and Malcom Gladwell’s books because they cause me to think and reflect. And then think some more.
Over the next year my goal is to read 25 more inspirational books – which given my feeling on literature can be just about anything, provided it makes me think. My first two books will be Malcom Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” and Homer’s “The Odyssey”.
I’ve been working my way through “The Tipping Point” for quite a few months now. I’ve found that it has the same stop-and-go pace as “Outliers”, but it lacks the stickiness that the author describes so well in Chapter 3. I guess I’m just not as interested in “how little things can make a big difference” as I was in “the story of success“.
I put reading “The Odyssey” all winter after flying through “The Iliad”. I think it’s because I read “The Iliad” in sunny Portugal – Greek adventures aren’t as epic when you’re shivering! I can’t wait to spend hours outside reading again.
Do you have an inspirational bookshelf? What books would you recommend for me to read?