I noticed on Twitter today that it was #ReadABook Day and I thought oh that’s pretty cool. I love when theres every a hashtag trending about reading. I’m a serious book nerd. And I’ll read just about anything, sci-fy/fantasy being my usual go too. It being Read a Book day I figured it was a great time to share four of my absolutely favorite books that I’ve probably ever read. They’re not sci-fy or romance or mystery, they’re just down right inspirational. And they’re books that I can easily go back to and read whenever I’m looking for a bit of motivation in life.
- The Promise of a Pencil. I think this book by Adam Braun is what jump started my love or inspiration, personal story reading. I probably read it a good two years ago, and his story is still fresh in my memory. The tagline on the cover reads ” How an ordinary person can create Extraordinary Change” I could not be more in love with this, and it couldn’t be more important these days to remember this. Braun was just a guy on his way to a wall street career when his life took a serious unexpected and beautiful turn into something else. A simple request from a child in India for a pencil, set Adam Braun on a path of something incredibly inspiring. It is so important to remember that yes you are one person, and being one person you can make more change in the world than you realize. This is a truly incredible story that I invite you all to read. and visit pencilesofpromise.org for more information about this inspiring initiative.
- Crazy is my superpower. I originally bought this book because AJ Lee/Mendez/Brooks is a retired professional wrestler and I love reading the books they write, and reading the stories they have to tell. I didn’t realize how this book could inspire me. Along with writing about her professional wrestling career, she gets much into her personal life and the troubles and obstacles she faced growing up and that she still deals with today. One big one being mental health. Being someone who is struggling with anxiety, hearing her story hit me hard. When you are struggling with your mental health it is incredibly helpful when you realize that as alone as you might feel sometimes, you’re not. And to read about someone as highly regarded to me as AJ, it’s a powerful message. She had succeeded so much in her career and she’s using her platform to bring attention to the reality of Mental Health, the realness of it, how serious it is, and how we need to pay more attention to it.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert hits home to me in the sense of my writing. I didn’t go to college, I don’t have a degree, but nonetheless, writing is what I love to do. It’s not always good, the grammar isn’t perfect, sometimes I ramble on AND writers block is a serious pain in the ass. After reading this book I was reminded that all of that is okay. I was completely inspired to keep charging through whatever obstacle I was at in my writing. Whether it was poetry, a blog post or a short story. It’s my writing and it’s not going to be perfect, until it’s ready to be perfect and the only way to get better is to keep writing. I think that goes for any kind of creativity. Just because you’re blocked, or just because you don’t have a formal degree, or just because your style is different doesn’t mean that, that story is looking to be written, or that post doesn’t matter. What matters is that you put your heart into writing it.
- And last but certainly not least, Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. This one may have inspired me the most. It hits every single aspect of my life. Not fitting in, and realizing it’s because you’re not suppose too. After reading this book I realized that all the things that I thought were weird about myself are what make me, me and that was okay. I learned to embrace the things that I thought were seen as weird. I’m a lot different than most of my family, I have different, ideals, opinions, and likes and dislikes. And because of that I always thought they were wrong. I would try to fit in with what they were all about and I was making myself miserable in doing so. After reading this book and realizing that I was my own person and everything about myself should be embraced and not hidden, I felt like a weight had lifted. I wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t, but I’m SO MUCH happier than I was, and I owe a lot of that to Glennon and this book.
So much of my life revolves around reading. I don’t think there’s anything better than sitting down with a good book no matter where you are. Whether i’m in bed, in the living room, in the car waiting to pick up a sibling, when I was at the beach, in the hotel room, on break from work, 90% of the time you’ll find me reading. And these four books above are four of the most inspiring books I’ve been blessed enough to pick up and get lost in. I highly recommend you do the same.
Got any suggestions for me? Have you read a mind blowingly inspiring book? Please share it with me. I’m all ears!