The written word is arguably the most universal medium for spreading inspirational stories. In our list of books that inspire we recognise that inspiration can take many forms: from overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, to taking on incredible challenges, or offering a fresh perspective on life. These books take vastly different approaches to the theme but are held together by ideas of hope, courage and unity. "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree" – Martin Luther King Jr.

We hope this list provides you with a broad spectrum of books from which you can take inspiration. As Dr Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go".

Winnie the Pooh The Pilgrimage Half of a Yellow Sun Born to Run Books that Inspire

58 Books that Inspire

The Amazon Editors have put together a list of '58 Books that Inspire'. This list is by no means comprehensive, it is simply a selection of fantastic inspirational books that we recommend and love.

Finding a book that inspires you isn't always easy. Inspirational books vary in subject and content. You may be interested in inspirational people who have overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges, or stories about the struggles of a community or nation that you can draw inspiration from. You may prefer non-fiction books that deal with self-reflection and motivation. Whether you are looking to be inspired and challenged by a critically acclaimed fiction or a biography book, we believe that you will find an inspirational book amongst our list. We hope that by gathering all of our top inspirational book picks, we can help you find a book that is more than a means to pass the time, but one that inspires, dares and challenges you.