Inspiring Reads

There are so many inspirational books out there. Books that inspire us to travel more, do more in life, become financially independent, become an entrepreneur, how to cook a certain meal, etc.! I love reading books that are not only inspiring, but have a good story line. I get bored very easily and if the book does not grasp my attention then I will not be motivated to finish the book.

Quick FYI, I will be referencing Paulo Coelho's books a couple of times throughout this post and future posts. I am obsessed with Coelho’s writing style and stories, just can’t get enough of it!


  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is the first book I read of Paulo Coelho because it was recommended to me so many times, I decided to give it a shot. My first impression of the book was that I loved the story line. How the book started, the characters who would tell their story within the book, and how the main character is in search for his Personal Legend. This book inspired me to get out there and search for MY Personal Legend.

My favorite quote from this book:

"“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised. “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”"
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I love this book. Honestly, I picked it up because I thought the cover looked cool and interesting. Boy was I right. Once I opened the book and started reading, I could not put it down! The reason why I listed it under inspirational books is because the bravery it took for the protagonist, Aristotle, to embrace who he was is what some people are missing in their lives. This is a story about love, discovering who the character really is inside and watching him embrace it. I found it to be beautiful and touching.

My Favorite quote from this book:

“We all fight our own private wars.” 
  • Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Aleph to me was about reconnecting with who you are after you have made a name for yourself. In this book, Paulo Coelho takes a journey to rekindle with his career as well as his spiritual side. I found it to be inspiring because like anything else in ones life, you have to keep it a little spicy to not lose interest or get bored with it. Also retracing your roots to remember why you chose the path you did. It's an interesting story. 

My Favorite quote from this book:

“We simply have to trust and follow the signs and live our Personal Legend; sooner or later, we will realize that we are all part of something, even if we can’t understand rationally what that something is. They say that in the second before our death, each of us understands the real reason for existence and out of that moment Heaven or Hell is born.” 
  • Letters To Women Like Me by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol

I love love love this book! I had the pleasure of meeting the author when she came to NYC for the book signing. Super exciting. Anyways, this book is touching in different ways. Mirtha touches topics such as career, love, and life. Essential topics women are often discussing.

My Favorite quote from this book:

"I chose to let go of everything that was blocking the solution, and to establish the discipline of working alongside the solution. Now do you want to fall into the idealism of resolutions or be brave enough to look at the problem and apply the solution? Deep inside we know the solution."
  • Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

This book is inspirational in so many ways. The topics vary from religion, career, love, relationships, defeat, success, etc. The reason why I loved it so much was because of the different topics. Each is relatable in some form of way. It is just simply a great easy read.

My favorite quote from this book:

"Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious. And the day will come when those difficult moments are merely stories to be told proudly to those who will listen. And they will listen respectfully and learn three important things: Wait patiently for the right moment to act. Do not let the next opportunity slip by you. Take pride in your scars."

I hope you guys read some of these books if you haven't already, stay tuned for more good reads.

xoxo- Liza