Short Books To Inspire You

Short Books to Inspire You

With winter days finally making way for the pleasant and much warmer days of spring, now is the perfect time to find the perfect book to read under a nice shady tree or outside a coffee shop. While we all have our own favorite authors and novels, there are certain types of books that can move you to be a bit more introspective. The following are interesting books that are under 200 pages that can inspire you.

 

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

 

By Mitch Albom

Reasons to Read:

A book that spent 95 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a fantastic and relatively short book that highlights the impact that people play in our daily life. Often, with how busy and quick the pace of life seems to be, it is easy to overlook those around us, and through the protagonist, Eddie, we can take a step back and see a life story unfurl before our eyes.

Published in 2003, Albom’s work focuses on the life and death of Eddie, a man who has spent the majority of his life working at an amusement park called Ruby Pier. What seems like a relatively simple life is shown to be so much more.

 

 

Siddhartha

By Herman Hesse

Reasons to Read:

This one is also a relatively short book to read, coming in at only 152 pages. Published in the US in 1951, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha focuses on the protagonist, Siddhartha, as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and deeper meaning. The book reads like a fable, with the possibility of the impossible occurring at various points. This book is great for anyone who has ever thought about what is truly needed to live a meaningful life. Through Siddhartha’s search for enlightenment, we are given an insight down various interesting paths.

 


 

The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

Reasons to Read:

Published in 1988, Coelho’s work is surprisingly only 163 pages and has been translated to 70 languages. The story follows the journey of a shepherd boy named Santiago, as he ventures out into the world. It was originally written in Portuguese but having read it in both Spanish and English, I can guarantee that the beauty of the writing is not lost by the translation. Also written as a fable, The Alchemist is an incredibly fascinating adventure that grips you from the first page. Impossible to put down once started, this book packs so much in such few pages. It is highly recommended.

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