10 thoughts on “My Inspirational Bookshelf

  1. “Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to change” (Schopenhauer)
    Try some essays about the Art of Living by Arthur Schopenhauer. He is a little pessimistic, but very inspirational.

      1. I’m a huge fan of Robert Frost’s Road Not Taken, which also popped into my head upon reading the title The Road Less Travelled. Will definitely be taking a look at both of these :)

  2. The Lost Art of Compassion is one I’m reading now. It’s fabulous. I’ve written reviews of several books on my blog under the “Reads and Rambles” category. There are several titles relating to productivity that I’ve found inspirational. You’re welcome to check them out.

  3. I’ve set myself a reading challenge this year, to try and read as many books as I can that have been featured on the Bookclub programme on Radio 4, starting with the very first programme. A couple of weeks ago I finished reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang – it’s pretty harrowing but definitely inspirational!

  4. I find philosophy and cultural critique books hugely inspirational. Anything that challenges your accepted beliefs and thought processes, I guess? Some of my most inspirational books would be: The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard; Mythologies, Roland Barthes; The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera. Anything by Walter Benjamin. You could maybe try Dante too?

  5. I would so much like to make this for myself! It’s an awesome idea, and I’ll definitively bring it with me :) Now, books you should read? Well, the book that has made the most impact on me has to be “the Catcher in the Rye”, I still pick it up from time to time, think about it, and reflect about it. Maybe you’d like it too? :)

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