Since the year 2016 is coming to an end, I wanted to share my seven favorite inspirational books that I have read throughout 2016. These books played a huge part in what this year has been for me and shaped me to the person I am today. If they changed my life, I promise that they can change yours too! Please note that these books were not published in 2016 but I have read them throughout 2016.
7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book feels like real life with small but important events happening. This book is about loving yourself and everything around you. It is about the teenage condition and mentality. It is about the most important things in life and life itself. It is packed with tons of emotions and you will fall in love with it while reading more and more of it. Essentially, it will appeal to everyone who has ever felt different, who has ever felt like they were not sure of who they were. You will discover the secrets of the Universe.
“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get–and never would get.”
― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
6. The Big Five for Life – John Strelecky
Probably best for CEO´s or people that have a say and/or can change something in their company and for people who want to start a company. However everyone else will learn a lot of lessons too. This book makes you question your life decisions a lot. But makes you also realize that time is very precious and that it can never be regained. Live your life like it would be on display in a museum. What I learned from this book is that in the end everything is as it is and not as you wished it has been.
“Choose to work on things you are passionate about and you will always be passionate about what you are working on.” – John Strelecky, The Big Five for Life
5. The Humans – Matt Haig
“The Humans” is a fun to read novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. This book not only helps you to understand yourself better but to understand us, humans, better. After reading this you will probably see yourself and everyone around you through different eyes. This book is a great start to change the way you interact with others.
“You can’t find happiness looking for the meaning of life. Meaning is only the third most important thing. It comes after loving and being.” – Matt Haig, The Humans
4. The Why Café – John Strelecky
This book kicked off the second half of 2016 just perfect for me. After doubting and questioning myself and my decisions a lot, I found this book at the perfect moment. It really helped me to reconsider and reevalute my life and the choices I had made. Without this book you probably would not be reading this right now.
“The challenge,…is to realize that something is fulfilling because we individually determine it is fulfilling, not becasue someone else tells us it is.” – John Strelecky, The Why Café
3. Return to The Why Café – John Strelecky
This is the sequel to “The Why Café”. Maybe it was the different setting. Maybe it were the different characters. Maybe it was just me. I liked this one better than the prequel. Filled with even more life lessons and advice this one is perfect for you if you need more after reading “The Why Café”. If you need strength from the outside to follow your own path this series is a great choice for you.
“Why are you here?” – John Strelecky, Return to The Why Café
2. Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
This book is for everyone who has dealt with suicidal thoughts, knows someone with sucidial thoughts, or just needs a reminder that life is worth living. The more pages you read the more you start loving life. It is filled with wisdom and inspiration. This is more than a self-help book or a book that teaches you how to get rid of depression. This book makes you live depression. It is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read.
“I am you and you are me. We are alone, but not alone. We are trapped by time, but also infinite. Made of flesh, but also stars.”
― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
So here is my number one and absolute favorite book of probably all time. This book is filled with quotes and wisdom. It has a really special place in my heart because it shifted my life to the next level. It is perfect for those who need motivation or approval to follow their dreams.
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist