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7 Inspirational Books to Refresh Your Perspective

Books are a great way to learn something new, escape to another world, or dig deeper into personal growth. They also offer an opportunity to step into another person’s (or character’s) shoes and learn about the world from their point of view. 

In recent years, I’ve made reading a habit — whether it’s flipping through a few pages on the bus or reading 15 minutes before bed. Replacing scrolling on my phone with reading has helped me read about a book or two a month while gaining a new outlook on the people and world around me. 

Reading all types of books — from memoirs to fiction to books on business — has shown me new ideas and taught me a lot about myself. If it’s your goal to grow personally or professionally, or you’re simply looking to read more, here are a few inspirational books that offer a fresh perspective. 

“Educated: A Memoir” 

Tara Westover tells her powerful story of being born into a survivalist family and teaching herself the skills needed to get into college. This book shines a light on the power of education, and you may walk away with a deeper gratitude for your own education. 


Michelle Obama is known for empowering and lifting up the women around her. In “Becoming,” she opens up about the challenges she faced in her career and as a mother and wife — and the journey of becoming First Lady. Her memoir touches on many relatable topics that women face in their personal and professional lives, such as questioning a career move or balancing work and motherhood. 

“Where the Crawdads Sing” 

The ‘Marsh Girl’’ was abandoned by her family at a young age, left to fend for herself in a marsh near a small town in North Carolina. This coming-of-age story is one of bravery and reminds us that what happens to us as children can shape us as adults.

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” 

Taking care of our minds is just as important as taking care of our bodies. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” is a memoir that captures a psychotherapist’s counseling sessions, as well as her journey to taking care of her own mental health and well-being. 

“Leaders Eat Last” 

Whether you’re a manager or simply want to grow as a leader, Simon Sinek shares examples and tips for creating a work environment where people feel inspired and supported in “Leaders Eat Last.” 

“Almost Everything: Notes on Hope”

Anne Lamott offers nuggets of hope and wisdom for those moments when life feels overwhelming. She writes about many of the thoughts we have each day, offering encouragement and reminders to stay positive. 

“My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir”

When Noelle Hancock lost her job, she felt lost and decided to embark on a journey of self-exploration using the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt to guide her. If you’re looking for an inspiring, humorous, and courageous read that will push you outside of your comfort zone, this book is it. 

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About Olivia Adams

Olivia Adams is a writer and public relations professional living in Grand Rapids who loves to CrossFit, try new recipes and create art in her free time. Connect with Olivia on Instagram or Twitter at @OliviaAdamsPR.