Hi! This is my second post so far…. my first was a review on Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass. Now I’m here to share with you what I think are the top 4 most inspirational books for us teens- (what I’m trying to say is, you should read them!). So, without further ado, here are my choices!
- I am Malala By Malala Yousafzai (Non-fiction)- This book is amazing. It is a story about an incredible young woman who fought for her right to education, only to get shot because of it. Nevertheless, Malala is alive and still empowering people all over the world. If you’re looking for a book to inspire and create the feeling that nothing is impossible, this is definitely a must-read!
“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”-Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala
2. Me to We By Craig and Marc Kielburger (Non-Fiction)- Reading this will make you want to cry. No, I’m not kidding. The founders of Me to We, an organization that empowers young people to make a change in the world, have written about their adventures helping people in many different countries, and some of the stories are astonishing. I was fortunate enough to go to We Day, an event started by Craig and Marc that inspires students to do more in their communities. With writing about things from how you can make a difference and being happier to meeting Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta), there is something for everyone in this philosophy of a book.
“In life, we are told that easy answers are hard to come by. Many believe that they simply don’t exist. We respectfully disagree. Not only do simple answers to life’s burning questions exist, but we’ve learned that those which often appear most obvious can be profoundly life-changing.”-Craig and Marc Kielburger, Me to We
3. Life of Pi By Yaan Martel (Fiction)- I am currently engrossed in this book right now! Even though this story is fictional, it is still very inspiring and is relatable to all of us because it subtly underlines what being human is all about. 16 year-old Pi Patel is stranded on a life boat in the middle of the Pacific ocean after the sinking of the cargo ship he was aboard. But he isn’t alone. The vessel also contains a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra, and a 450 pound Bengal tiger. Pi must learn to cooperate with these animals in order to survive. I enjoy this book because you can’t help wonder what you would do if you were in his shoes- although he currently doesn’t have any because he lost one and used the other for fishing bait. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an intense read, as the writing is pretty sophisticated. Tune in next Wednesday for a detailed review on this story.
“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy.”-Yaan Martel, Life of Pi
4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane By Kate DiCamillo (Fiction)- Edward, a china rabbit, lives with his adoring owner Abilene, until he gets lost. Okay, I know what your thinking. Seriously? You expect me to read a book about a toy rabbit? I’m not six. I know that this book may sound a little childish, but trust me, it’s not. This is a very arrogant rabbit, and on his journey from one person to the next he learns some very important life lessons. I don’t know if I can call this inspiring, but it is a beautiful story and I suggest that everyone reads it, regardless of age.
“…..with his head in the muck, he experienced his first genuine and true emotion. Edward Tulane was afraid.”-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
So, there you have it! A list of books that will inspire, empower, and make you say wow! Don’t forget to comeback next week for a review on Life of Pi, plus another bonus post! Also, leave some comments below, I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of the above titles or have any requests as to what to review!
Your Truly, MyDayisBooked;)