School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that books are going to stay on the shelves. In fact, summertime is the best time to crack open a good book and soak up the sun’s rays at the beach or by the pool!
What makes a good book? To us, a good book is one that inspires you to do better, to be better and to improve the lives of those who surround you. We think that the list we’ve put together is full of books that will help you gain new perspective so that you can apply goodness in your life.
Make sure you put on some sunscreen, though, because you may become lost in the pages of one of these seven books and be inspired by what you read!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
For 25 years, Paulo Coehlo’s novel of mysticism and intrigue has taken readers along with a young boy named Santiago on his journey toward discovering his “personal legend.”
Throughout his journey, Santiago is met by strange, yet influential people that encourage and aid him in his quest to discover his personal legend.
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV
Have you noticed that the Dalai Lama is always smiling? He portrays pure joy and happiness and that comes from finding inner peace and purpose. In this book, you’ll read about this man’s life and his noble purpose of inspiring goodness in himself and in others.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom has sold more than 12 million copies of his book, so you know it’s going to be a good one. In this true story, the author recalls 14 visits he had with an old friend, who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Not only was reconnecting with this friend impactful on his life, but he was able to remember long-lost lessons his friend had taught him about how to live a fulfilling life.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Just like Tuesdays with Morrie, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is based on personal events that shaped the author’s life. After dealing with family tragedy and heartbreak, Strayed decided to lose herself in a 1,100-mile hike through the Pacific Crest Trail.
However, her feelings of being alone and lost helped her mend her broken heart and find meaning in her life again.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz lays out in such great writing how we can find happiness and inspire goodness within ourselves by making four agreements with ourselves. Through these agreements, we can move toward a life full of contentment and satisfaction, regardless of the obstacles we may face.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
No matter which copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul you pick up, you’re bound to find inspirational stories that will give you new perspective and bring warmth to your heart and soul.
There are more than 200 different types of Chicken Soup books out there, so no matter who you are, there’s a nice hot “bowl” of Chicken Soup for the Soul waiting to be enjoyed.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
In war-torn countries, it’s sometimes hard to pick out the goodness that can be found. However, Anthony Doerr in his book All the Light We Cannot See does just that; from the darkness of war, he beautifully illustrates the lives of young children as they navigate the darkness and bring to light a little bit of goodness.
Finding inspiration through the words and experiences of other people can be such an impactful way to change your life for the better. That’s why we started the #InspireGoodness project — so that your words could inspire the lives of others and, in turn, fill your own life with goodness.
Share a story of someone who you think inspires goodness. You never know what sort of impact your story can have on other people.