Inspirational Books to Read for Students

Students are often in need of some inspiration. High school and even college can slowly break students down, even if they are in love with what they’re studying. Sometimes, it’s helpful to read something inspiring. Some of these inspirational books may show up on reading lists, while others may be something a student wants to seek out on their own. Either way, these inspirational books to read for students will help remind them of why they’re in school and inspire them to succeed.

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is known for a number of award-winning novels, but his nonfiction piece Make Good Art is something different. Originally a commencement address for graduates of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, the written version of his speech will encourage and inspire anyone to make art. It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, dancer, musician, artist, or none of the above—Gaiman’s words will inspire you to go out and make any kind of art. It’s also a great motivator if you are an artist but find yourself stuck and unable to create anything.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This fictional story of a boy trapped in a lifeboat with a tiger in the middle of an ocean may seem like an odd book to be on a list of inspirational books to read for students. However, Martel’s novel is more than just inspiring, it’s entertaining and something even students who aren’t readers may want to pick up. If you’re not inspired after reading how Pi Patel survives for months in the ocean, then you may not be inspired by anything.

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One by Lisa Congdon

In her book, Congdon presents a parade of wise and inspirational figures through quotes. Whether it’s a quote from a famous scientist such as Marie Curie, wisdom from historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, or even thoughts from Stephen King and others, you’re sure to find at least a few of these quotes very inspirational. This book is great if you need a little bit of inspiration every day since all you have to do is open it to a random page and read the quote.

Catching a Miracle by Mark J. Spinicelli

Catching a Miracle follows Dr. Shelly White, a cancer survivor who believes she can cure the horrible disease. But Spinicelli’s story isn’t that simple—it’s not long before Dr. White is caught up in a whirlwind of events beyond her control. She finds herself working with an advertising executive in order to fight against the forces that never want cancer cured while trying to find a missing scientist. Spinicelli’s heroine will inspire readers with her determination and selflessness.

These are four great inspirational books to read for students, but there are many more out there. Whether you need something sort to read to rekindle your creative fires or a full-length novel that entertaining while also inspiring, you’ll find it among the books on this list and the many other inspirational novels out there.


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    Robinson February 10, 2019 (2:00 pm)

    Read THE LAST LECTURE By Randy Pausch. It will empower you and realize your dream! I’ve been a student once, and this book was inspired me to fulfill my dream!

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    Copper March 31, 2019 (8:02 am)

    Have you ever thought of succeeding? Well, I suggest you add WINNING By Jack Welch in your reading list.

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    Bryan April 9, 2019 (11:03 am)

    THE SECRET By Rhonda Byrne, that’s one book that a student need to read. Add this book to your awesome list. Cheers!

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    Jun April 13, 2019 (2:05 pm)

    Can’t believe you don’t have MY BELOVED WORLD By Sonia Sotomayor in your list. This book can make wonders and inspire students to succeed.

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    Roger April 22, 2019 (12:55 pm)

    Students like me could get alot of inspiration with THE HAPPINESS PROJECT By Gretchen Rubin. Great post by the way!

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    Pete April 26, 2019 (1:57 pm)

    Wow! I didn’t know there was a book Catching a Miracle by Mark J. Spinicelli. That will be part of my list!