Top 35 Best Inspirational Books of All Time Review 2020

Top 35 Best Inspirational Books of All Time Review 2020

If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. And sometimes, you can look to the best inspirational books to create a positive change in your life.

Top 35 Rated Best Inspirational Books To Read

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Top 35 Rated Best Inspirational Books To Read

If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out:

All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that this belief costs you pain in the past, but it costs you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief”-  Anthony Robbins.

Here is a list of the best inspirational books that Pennbookcenter recommended reading:

Awaken The Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins

The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already can achieve it.

“You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams”Anthony Robbins.

 Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life, by Richard Branson

Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you a better perspective of the mission of change. Richard Branson is into reinvention, and as a result, he embraces change.

This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live”Richard Branson.

The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama

There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection. The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

Knowing what happiness means to you gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

“Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.”Dalai Lama

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements” provides an inspirational code for life, how you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements.” This book will show you how to attain a happy, fulfilled life.

“If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self-pity, suffering, and tears.” Don Miguel Ruiz

The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J Schwartz

According to Dr. Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and attitude.

The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.”David J. Schwartz.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You, by Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation involves not only the mind but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your account without changing your body and soul.

Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

The Greatest Salesman In The World, by Og Mandino

This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

This book doesn’t tell you how to be a great salesperson. However, it will give you some fantastic tips to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

“My dreams are worthless; my plans are dust; my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.”Og Mandino

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson

This book helps you manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

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This book is all about achieving your goals and helping women reach their potential. The New York Times bestselling author challenges women to stop talking themselves out of what they want and go for instead.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

A great way to be inspired is to read about people who encourage you. This memoir by the former First Lady is full of wisdom and storytelling. Netflix has also recently announced that they would be releasing a documentary about Obama of the same name.

Educated by Tara Westover

In keeping with our strong storytelling theme and overcoming hardship, this memoir is the perfect inspirational read. Westover grew up in Idaho’s mountains with survivalist parents who isolated their children from the rest of society. The story follows Westover as she decides to get an education, travels, and asks herself essential life questions.

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

Depression was common in the author John Moe’s family. What started as a podcast has transformed into a book that is currently trending on Goodreads. As Moe dealt with his depression, he also began to notice coping mechanisms in other comedians. You wouldn’t expect a book that details depression to be laugh-out-loud funny, but this one is. This book will be released on May 5.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

This book has recently found its way to my reading list. Didion was having what can only be described as a horrific time. Her husband had recently died, and her daughter was unconscious in the hospital. In her subsequent book, she paints a picture of universal experiences honestly.

Hill Women by Cassie Chambers

Trending on Goodreads, this memoir follows multiple generations of the author’s family as they navigate poverty, kindness, and make choices for their futures.

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb

The author’s grandmother shared a lot of wisdom with her family, often saying, “If the earth is cracking behind you, you put one foot in front of the other.” Even after her death, Kalb’s grandmother is there for her in the form of voicemails, revealing the stories of generations of strong women.

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

This memoir is trending on Goodreads in the inspirational category, and it’s easy to see why. At some point, we’ve all felt like we don’t belong, and this story paints a vivid picture of those feelings. This coming-of-age story depicts the author’s immigration to America, trying to assimilate to his new home and eventually finding his passions.

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen

In case it wasn’t clear, this is a no-bullsh*t guide to living your best life. It covers all the self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in (like being too self-critical and people-pleasing) and how you can quit them ASAP.

Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

If you make your bed once a month and call that a success, this book is just what the doctor ordered. It’s based on the idea that if you want to change the world, you need to start your day off by accomplishing one small task (making your bed!), which will set you up for success the rest of the day. Even if everything goes wrong after that, you’ll still get to crawl into a nicely made bed that evening.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

A memoir by Maya Angelou AND a foreword by Oprah? This book is just *dripping* inspiration. Angelou describes what it was like to grow up in the extreme South and how she moved to the west coast and learned to be healthy and love herself.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Leave it to Tina Fey to teach us how to balance it all. The comedian, actress, producer, playwright, and love of our lives discusses growing up, dealing with the world’s emphasis on physical beauty, pursuing a career in comedy, and, of course, why it’s good to be called “bossy.”

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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An absolute classic and rite of passage for women looking to find themselves. Following Gilbert’s life-changing post-divorce trip around the world, she searches for pleasure, devotion, and balance—three things we can defy.

Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

Schatz chose 40 different amazing women throughout history to profile in her book, from Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzi to Hatshepsut, a female king of Egypt.

Note to Self by Gayle King

Want life advice from people like her BFF Oprah and Maya Angelou? Same. CBS This Morning host Gayle King asked successful people what they would tell their younger selves if they could – which means…if you read carefully, you could become the next Oprah.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and every other TV show you watch obsessively wrote about the power of saying “yes”—kind of like the Jim Carrey film but a whole lot less chaotic.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Strayed (the author of Wild) has brought all her “Dear Sugar” advice columns. This book will become your go-to for guidance on literally everything: sex, relationships, friendships, money problems.

The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser

After surviving an eating disorder, depression, and drug addiction, Kaiser wrote about how to eliminate negativity and fear to fall in love with your own life.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Rubin woke up one day and decided to dedicate an entire year of her life to becoming happy. Thankfully, this book details everything she learned during those 12 months to start your happiness project.


Citizen is a book like no other that looks at racial aggressions big and small. The language is lyrical and untamed, and it was a National Book Award Finalist.

We love it: This book will force you to look at things from a new perspective, and the language used is so exciting and original. It gets better with every read, and you’ll learn something new each time.

The Source of Self-Regard

Toni Morrison is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. This book collects her own words in a gathering of essays and speeches that will leave you feeling inspired by the wisdom she has blessed the world with over half a century in the public eye.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

A self-help book that acts as a “how-to” guide to owning your life and being the best you can be. World-traveling success coach Jen Sincero serves up hilarious stories, great advice, and personal exercises everyone can do to create a life you love.

The Last Black Unicorn

Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn is a laugh-out-loud funny memoir that details the actress and comedian’s rise from rags to riches. Haddish, who was in and out of the foster care system as a child, balances stories of her tumultuous upbringing with hilarious descriptions of how she handles her newfound money despite having a broke-person mentality.

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou brings together the poet and activist most enduring memoirs, including I, Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and approaches weighty topics like racism and abuse with lyrical beauty. Angelou’s entrancing testimony of her past tells a story of being forced to confront the world’s ugliness but still finding a way to sing a hopeful song.

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

Philanthropist Melinda Gates has devoted her life and tremendous resources to providing opportunities to those in need — and one of her biggest takeaways has been that to elevate society, we need to stop putting women down. In The Moment of Lift, Gates reflects on her work, her travels, and the women’s issues that urgently need our attention. The result is a compelling commentary on how you can leverage your privilege to effect positive change.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

At one point or another, every woman has probably had something “mansplained” to them. Read the essays that inspired the term in Men Explain Things to Me and find someone who can share your frustration and fury! Women are subjected to constant condescension, and Solnit gives a scathing take on the near-universal, yet often unspoken, microaggressions against women, leaving you ready to call out mansplaining and take down the patriarchy.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Even though Gay calls herself a Bad Feminist, her collection of essays about her experience as a woman, and a woman of color, does something undeniably good – it empowers readers to look at feminism with a critical eye. In this book, Gay unleashes her acerbic wit to ask us to do better and takedown stereotypes about feminism; yes, you can have your favorite color be pink and still be a feminist.

Read also: Top Best Self Help Books For Women 2020

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