Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Inspiring Books About Inspiring People

When I was a little girl, we were encouraged to read biographies. It was thought that reading about extraordinary people would inspire children to become more than they thought they could be.

We don't hear much about inspiring people these days. 

I still love to read about inspiring people. Here are some of my favorite books I've read about extraordinary people:


Mountains Beyond Mountains



John Adams 

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom



Kathleen Krull's The Lives of series



Wilma Unlimited



Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott



Unbroken



The Glass Castle



Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America





Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions for me?



21 comments:

  1. I have to admit that I'm not a big biography reader. We had to read a few back in high school, but I pretty much always hated them. That being said, I really want to read both Unbroken and The Glass Castle!

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    1. I'm honestly not much of a bio reader either. I hate, hate, hate celebrity bios.

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  2. Great list! I've read Mountains Beyond Mountains, Unbroken, The Glass Castle, and Traveling Mercies. The first books about inspiring people that pop into my head are Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, Notorious RBG about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and The Patriarch about Joseph P. Kennedy.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I will check them out.

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  3. I don't think I've ever read a biography (*feels ashamed*), but I plan to pick up Anne Frank's diary someday. We read a few extracts from it back in primary school.

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  4. I've only read The Hiding Place and Mountains Beyond Mountains on your list, but I loved them! Reading biographies about inspiring people keeps me motivated in our often-stark world.

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  5. Ooo, nice topic!! Everyone keeps telling me how good The Glass Castle is, so will have add to to my ever growing reading wishlist.


    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-every-russian.html

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  6. The Hiding Place is one of my all time favorite books. Talk about putting troubles into perspective!

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  7. Nice topic and picks! All totally new to me! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  8. I love to read memoirs and biographies of the "average-Joe" who triumphs over adversity or adds something to our society. I've read celeb bios but not recently.

    I've heard John Adams had a very interesting life so that looks like a good one. I read The Glass Castle and enjoyed her story.

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  9. Nice list. Unbroken was pretty unforgettable. I hear the new book/memoir Lab Girl is supposed to be inspiring. I plan to look for it. cheers.

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  10. I should just wait to see what you pick for your topic and then copy yours because I am always inspired my your topics and the picks you choose. I have read most of these books and agree how inspiring they are. I heard Tracy Kidder speak this past winter and was amazed at his story as well as the story he told of Paul Farmer.

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    1. I'd love to hear Tracy Kidder speak. Paul Farmer should be up for sainthood.

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  11. I really enjoyed the glass castle. Great topic this week!

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  12. The Hiding Place is one of my all-time favorite books! My TTT

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  13. oops! I gave you the wrong link. HERE is the correct one - My TTT

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