I really, really hate the word “inspire.” It’s SO overused that it usually loses its meaning for me. All over the internet, there are blogs and articles telling you they’re here to inspire you, breakfasts are cooked to inspire, fashion blogs are here to inspire, a new water bottle wants to inspire you, a pair of socks aims to inspire– you know what I mean?!

So, I wanted to put some thought in to a quick short list of book recommendations that TRULY inspired me over the past few months. We all have different definitions of what it means to be inspiring, but for me, it’s stories of people who have busted their butts to reach a goal. It’s jumping over daunting hurdles or radical shifts in perspectives. It’s experimenting with life and bending it to suit you. That’s what inspires me, personally. So here’s a list of 3 books that did just that and I revist them ALL. THE. TIME.

Over to you! Have you read any of these? Are there any you’d like to add to the list?