Inspiring Novels of All Time

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration and what better way to do that than to curl up with one of the most inspiring novels of all time? Here are five novels that are a great place to start in your quest to stock your inspirational library.

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a masterpiece by Paulo Coelho that tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd. He hopes to explore the world and encounter riches beyond belief. His quest does lead to riches; however, they are far different than he ever imagined. Santiago’s inspiring journey teaches us about the importance of following our dreams, seeking and embracing the opportunity, and listening to our hearts.

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Ove finds his solitary world turned upside down when his neighborhood is invaded by a boisterous young family moves in next door. The family’s first impression, whereupon they level Ove’s mailbox, isn’t the greatest – but don’t worry, things get much better from there. This is the lead-in to a heartwarming, comical tale of surprising friendship, unkempt cats, and how to back a U-haul, all of which change one cranky old man to his very foundations.

Catching a Miracle, by Mark Spinicelli

Catching a Miracle, part one of a three-part series, is one of the most inspiring novels of all time. It explores the human spirit’s quest to find answers to questions that seem unanswerable, even against the odds. First-time author Mark Spinicelli wrote the novel after losing several relatives to cancer. His own research efforts consumed him and led to the creation of this novel. The tale mirrors Spinicelli’s own hope of seeing a real-world initiative to end cancer.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel that tells the story of Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel. This Tamil boy, hailing from Pondicherry, is a reflective soul who explored spirituality from an early age. After a shipwreck, he finds his life to be a struggle simply to survive. He is stranded on a boat for 227 days in the Pacific Ocean along with a Bengal Tiger. The spine of this inspiring story is the conscious choice between hopelessness and faith.

A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is the deep and compassionate story of a young man who returns to 1940’s Cajun country to teach. He visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, and the story really gets started. Together, this unlikely pair joins forces and come to understand the art and importance of resisting.

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom still remembers Morrie, a college professor who gave him sound advice twenty years ago. He reencounters Morrie in the last months of the man’s life. Mitch begins to visit him in his study every Tuesday, just as he had done when he was a student in college. Their rekindled friendship culminates in one final “class” – lessons on how to live.


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    Gary February 13, 2019 (12:54 pm)

    Have you guys thought of adding The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby…I love it!

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    Aaron February 19, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    Amazing list! I didn’t know until now that Catching a Miracle is a three-part series. I say It’s one of the most inspiring novels of all time.

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    Chandler March 31, 2019 (12:58 pm)

    I have read The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho several times, and by far it is my most favorite one! Let me go through this list and see if the rest would rank high in my list.

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    Kramer May 20, 2019 (1:01 pm)

    I would surely add these books to my 100 books challenge. I would surely enjoy this.