Feeling Uninspired During Quarantine? These 4 Books Can Help Bring Back Your Sparkle

August 7, 2020

red book is open to middle of pageHave you watched all of your favorites over and over again on Netflix? Can’t think of which books to read next? Take the time to read this summer and get inspired by these empowering books.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams

What it’s about:

The Book of Joy follows the conversations and musings of the Desmond Tutu and the His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For seven days the two leaders answer questions prepared by an interviewer while staying at the Dalai Lama’s home in India. This is all recorded by Douglas Abrams, Desmond Tutu’s editor. This book is filled with little gems of how to increase joy in your life, and defining what joy means to you versus adopting other people’s versions of happiness. The eight pillars provided listed in each chapter for keeping joy in your life are simple, yet often overlooked.

Why it’s inspirational:

This book gets you out of the matrix and into finding what really matters. In this time of quarantine, this is the perfect book to help you rediscover those little joys in your life. It is a feel-good read that creates a calm, stress-free environment. The lives of both of these leaders are inspiring and so is their lifelong friendship. It is truly a book for everyone to read on their journey of self-discovery.

Next book on your wish list: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself 

 

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

What it’s about:

Not to be confused with The Art of War by Sun Tzu, this book is all about discovering and enhancing your creativity. The War of Art creates a roadmap to finding out how you can create the art you desire to create.

Why it’s inspirational:

This is a must-read for all chronic procrastinators. The author delivers tough love in a sandwiched package where he gives some medicine with a spoonful of sugar to help it go down. In the different anecdotes that are present in each chapter, there is going to be at least one person whom you will find yourself cheering on. All of the people come from different walks of life and flourish in different circumstances, yet they have all found gratitude in where they are and are confident in where they are going. It inspires hope through these times that even when things look bleak, there is always something positive around the corner.

Next on your wish list: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

What it’s about:

This book needs no introduction. It is the bestselling memoir of the former First Lady Michelle Obama, who has contributed to the world in many ways, and who currently has a podcast. The book covers her life from humble beginnings to the end of the eight-year term at the White House. You get to see how she grew into a global icon that she is today.

Why it’s inspirational:

Becoming is inspirational to me and many others because it shows how a woman has thrived. Regardless of political affiliation, you will enjoy this book if you want a role model for transformation. Michelle Obama is a force of positive change and this book tells a wonderful truth of her life while still keeping her human and relatable. Reading it is a treat and like the other two books, has an undercurrent of hope for the future.

Next on your wishlist: Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

 

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Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

What it’s about:

Marie details how to solve a variety of issues by talking about her life and revealing step by step how she got to where she is today. It all starts with a quote that she heard from her mother, when she was fixing a small radio. Her mother thrived at fixing everything in her life and gave Marie the advice that, “Everything is figureoutable.” This book starts off with that quote as its basis but turns into so much more.

Why it’s inspirational:

Honestly, this book is one of my ultimate favorites. It is an easy read and I love how there are sprinkles of humor throughout the entire book. Each chapter kick off with an inspiring quote and ends on an optimistic note. She knocks out all of the excuses that keep you from achieving your dreams. She is a beacon during this time and affirms that anything is figureoutable with the right mindset and practical plan.

Next on your Wishlist: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear 

Don’t let this summer give you the blues. Try reading one of these books and discover some of your favorites today!

Also by Kiera: 5 Best Tisanes To Stay Refreshed & Get Glowing This Summer

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Kiera Lee
Kiera is a freelance content creator and editor. She writes and blogs about travel, entertainment, books, and more! Kiera also enjoys creative writing, watching movies, and mastering yoga. Follow Kiera on Instagram @kiera.jai as well as Twitter and Pinterest @kiera_jai.

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