The best inspirational books to read in English


Reading a book in the language it was originally written in is always preferable because it allows us to perfectly grasp the sense of the text, the the author’s exact expressions, which convey concepts just as the author wants them to be read. Even if the translation is good, in fact, the original version always gives something more, reason why it is worth spending a bit more time on the pages.

This way, you will be able to better understand the nuances of the vocabulary, which sometimes may fail in translation, and you will understand certain lexical choices or plays on words that are so dear to authors when they describe or nickname their characters. What is better than a book in its original language that can also give you some food for thought on your life? Here is a brief selection of the best inspirational books to read in English that you will love!

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, published by Penguin Books Ltd (2013), an inspirational book that is a reflection on how introverts can find space in a society full of extravagant, competitive and self-centered people. Introverts are those people who prefer listening rather than talking, those who create and invent but who don’t show off what they do or think. It is to many introvert people that we owe some of the greatest advances in humanity: from the invention of the computer to the theory of gravity. This book, through the author’s experience, tells the story of the passage from introverted shyness to a proud one, explaining how introverts are a source of precious inspiration for society.

The 7 habits of highly effective people

The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey, edited by Simon & Schuster UK (2004,) is an enlightening inspirational book. It is a path rather than a manual, an integrated approach rather than an exercise, its main purpose is to learn how to manage your life effectively, learning to achieve the results you hope for in line with your goals. It is a sort of method that can become an integral part of one’s way of thinking and living, which, if correctly applied, allows you to achieve professional and personal goals, also developing better relationships with the outside world.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, Scribner Publisher (2016), is an inspirational book in English that mainly focuses on the “grit” of the title, which is also tenacity and ability to persevere in the face of difficulty. How many times do we think that we are not going to make it? We are talking about that sense of inadequacy that makes us believe we never have enough talent or luck to achieve our goals. This book by psychologist Angela Duckworth revolves around this simple concept, dissipating the myths of talent and fortune, demonstrating that tenacity is the most necessary weapon to get anything we want through a path we personally must walk.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson, published by Abacus (2015), is one of the quintessential inspirational books to read in English, since it is Steve Jobs’s autobiography, one of the most charismatic and brilliant characters of the last decades. The book is based on more than forty interviews personally conducted by the author with Steve Jobs in over two years and on more than one hundred conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and competitors with the aim to bring out the most interesting aspects of one of the most ingenious and talented entrepreneurs that revolutionized various sectors of the economy and business. An unswerving text, as Jobs himself wanted, which gives readers all the truth about his life and career, revealing his passions and some peculiar aspects of his personality, such as an obsession with control and perfectionism.