15 Books to Empower and Inspire You

Which one are you going to read?
by Melanie Santiago   |  May 25, 2014
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One can never read too many books. They can bring you to places beyond your dreams and make you feel the tragic loss or burning passion of a single character. As a fellow bookworm, I encourage you to check out this list for  a mix of awe inspiring and quirky reads for a roller coaster of learning.

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
    This beautifully written story about a young shepherd boy who sets off on an adventure in search of his dreams relays a powerful message of following one’s own no matter the challenges that may come. Its simplicity and depth will give you a positive boost before you tread on your own journey.

  2. Pink Boots and a Machete by Mireya Mayor
    Don't let your beginnings destine where you will end up, take it from Dr. Mireya Mayor who started as a NFL Cheerleader to Fullbright scholar and is now trekking around the globe in hopes of saving endangered species that she hopes future generations can appreciate.

  3. Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver
    When you think of a breakout, zombies or pandemics come into mind. In Lauren Oliver's trilogy, we follow Hana in a dystopian world where love is a sickness cured only by intense treatment. Riveting realizations plunge her as an outcast and finds out what love really is and what she would do for it.

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  4. The Summer I Learned to Dive by Shannon McCrimmonThis summer, eighteen year old Finn, packs her bags on a journey to find the truth, while on the way also finds love, forgiveness and taking chances.

  5. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    This book is a remarkable memoir of a young teenager and her father who took a stand for the right to an education for her and many girls in her valley. This is a tale of how Malala survived a gunshot wound to the head only to come out stronger and more determined.

  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    This classic story explores life’s realities in an imaginative manner; a little prince narrates his trip to different planets where he encounters various people with distinct personalities. He last lands on Earth, where his final moment ends in enlightenment.  

  7. World War Z by Max Brooks
    If you have or haven’t watched the film, the book is equally good. Not your ordinary zombie outbreak, World War Z showcases how much humans can achieve in the face of and what we can do to survive. A frightening thriller that’s a great read!

  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    After many remakes and versions of the story, nothing beats a classic than the novel and author where it all started. Read or re-read this book and take a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice into Wonderland.

  9. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
    A lighthouse keeper and his wife find themselves unable to fulfil their dream of a family when all of a sudden a dead man and a live baby wash up on shore. The couple decide to take the child for their own but soon reflect that their decision will affect many lives.

  10. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
    Elisa bears the great burden of possessing the God stone and on her sixteenth birthday, her destiny suddenly unfolds. On her journey to love, danger and salvation, she finds the confidence and self-worth she truly deserves.

  11. The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss by Amy Spencer
    This book shows you a simple can-do guide on how little things like dipping your feet into water or hugging two seconds longer can make you a happier girl! Follow all 654 ways for lasting happiness!

  12. Bright Side Up 100 Ways to be Happier Right Now by Amy Spencer
    Author Amy Spencer, doubles the happiness factor with this guide book. Reach for this book when you’re having a bad day for some emergency optimism ready at your fingertips.

  13. I am that Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose by Alexis Jones and Sophia Bush
    Authors Alexis and Sophia ask girls the important questions in life like, “What’s your passion, purpose or what do you want to be?” This duo leads to inspire girls and has even created a movement with celebs such as Hilary Duff, Kristen Bell and more to help support and empower girls everywhere!

  14. I Spy DIY Style by Jennie Radosevich
    Make your afternoons more creative with 30 fashionable DIYs inspired by celebrities, runway styles and trends you can recreate on a budget.

  15. Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith
    Travel through this journal’s creative and unconventional process of self-expression and discover the best ways to turn mistakes and messes into art!

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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by candymag.com and share the stories she comes across.
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