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22 Short Novels That Will Inspire You



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Inspirational Short Novels that should be on your book list

With Netflix, podcasts, television, music and social media available at our fingertips, it can be difficult to find the spare time to read a literary classic or modern tome. That said, not all great novels are hundreds of pages long. In fact, these twenty-two short novels are all under 300 pages, and so can be indulged in for fleeting amounts of time. Take a look at our list and let us know which of these incredibly, short novels you’ve read:

We Always Lived In A Castle – Shirley Jackson

“I can’t help it when people are frightened,” says Merricat. “I always want to frighten them more.”

Merricat Blackwood and her sister Constance live with their uncle in their isolated family estate. After many of their family die in an inexplicable arsenic poisoning, the sisters must stay away from everyone who believes Constance is the murderer. However, things change when their cousin Charles arrives.

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How To Get Into The Twin Palms – Karolina Waclawiak

My dark hair makes my eyes more cat-like and brighter in hue. More Eastern European. Less American. I am starting to make sense to them. I am taking off all my American skin. Killing my ability to pass for the Middle American and quiet and from here. Instead I am from the bloki again. Soviet-built and dooming.”


Young Anya has immigrated to a Russian/Polish neighborhood in Los Angeles where she must learn to assimilate and become comfortable in her newfound community. How To Get Into To The Twin Palms provides a unique perspective on old world cultures and how they fit in to a new society, whilst exploring one woman’s search for identity.

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Animal Farm – George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


This legendary allegory tells the story of farm animals who revolt against their owner and begin their own society lead by the pigs. The gripping satire has since become a staple in most literary academia.

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By Night In Chile – Roberto Bolaño

“As time goes by, as time goes by, the whip-crack of the years, the precipice of illusions, the ravine that swallows up all human endeavor except the struggle to survive.”


Rowdy and peculiar, this short novel explores the dark memories of Jesuit priest Father Urrutia’s surreal and chaotic life.



The Lathe Of Heaven – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”


In this classic science fiction novella, we are introduced to George Orr, a man with the odd ability to dream things into reality. In an attempt to control his dreams, and in turn the fate of humanity, George contacts a psychotherapist who soon develops his own plans for George’s dreams.



Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”


In a dystopian future where books border on extinction and TV rules the human race Guy Montag is a fireman. In this world, firemen are expected to burn contraband, including books, to ensure society isn’t exposed to nonconformity and individualism. Nonetheless, Montag is unhappy and soon embarks upon a journey from which he can never return.


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The Old Man And The Sea – Ernest Hemingway

“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”


After the lackluster novel that was Across The River And Into The Trees, The Old Man And The Sea revived Hemingway’s writing career and is perhaps one of his most enduring works. We follow the life of an aging Cuban fisherman, Santiago, as he battles a marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Though Santiago is old and ailing, he is fierce and his short tale is packed with vibrant energy.



Child Of God – Cormac McCarthy

“At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned”


A haunting yet humorous tale, Child Of God tells the tale of Lester Ballard, a violent man falsely accused of rape, who has recently been released from jail. As he travels the hill country of East Tennessee we experience the sordid events of his life with both unease and dignity.



The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

“To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.”


At Marcia Blaine School for Girls, Edinburgh, unorthodox teacher Miss Jean Brodie chooses six students she believes to be special. Over time, the girls begin to realise that Miss Jean Brodie may well be in her prime, but she may not be everything they believed her to be.



Different Seasons – Stephen King

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”


Stephen King’s Different Seasons is made up of four novellas, including the inspirations behind the films Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me.



Flowers Of Algernon – Daniel Keyes

“I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.”


Algernon is a lab mouse, however he is extremely clever having had an experimental brain operation. Charlie is a man, however has an IQ of 68 and is considered mentally disabled. Charlie volunteers to be the first human to undergo the same procedure as Algernon and quickly transforms into an intelligent, scientific breakthrough. Suddenly, Algernon begins to deteriorate, and with his newfound intelligence, Charlie wonders if the same will happen to him.


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In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan

“I’ll tell you about it because I am here and you are distant.”


In a commune named iDEATH, the sun shines a different colour every day and different coloured watermelons provide building materials. Weird and wonderful, the world of In Watermelon Sugar is gentle and whimsical.



The Call Of The Wild – Jack London

“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”


Buck, a domesticated dog, has been raised in luxury, sheltered from the outside world in his owner’s Californian home. When he is dognapped and sold to be a sled dog Buck’s primal nature is reawakened.



The House On Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

“In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.”


Taught in schools around the USA, The House On Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago.



In The Orchard, The Swallows – Peter Hobbs

“Love must be shared, or else it is just madness.”


Published in 2012, In The Orchard, The Swallows is a beautifully written book about a young Pakistani boy who was imprisoned for falling in love with a girl. Throughout years of hardship, his tender love for the girl has kept him going.



Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”


This classic, compelling tale explores the tale of two men as they strive to find work during The Great Depression. Lennie and George have nothing except each other, and the dream that they will one day own land.



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The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

“Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.”


Having lost his job at an oil company during the Depression, Raymond Chandler decided to become a writer. The Big Sleep is the first of his books to include famous P.I Philip Marlowe, who is hired to handle someone who is blackmailing a dying millionaire.



The Awakening – Kate Chopin

“The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.”


Kate Chopin only wrote two novels before her death in 1904. Her second novel, The Awakening published in 1899, was far more popular than her first as it was widely condemned. The story shocked its readers at the time as its protagonist enters into an affair knowingly to escape the boredom of her marriage.



Lord Of The Flies – William Golding

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”


When ordinary schoolboys are stranded on an island they attempt to govern themselves and believe their situation is actually an opportunity to have fun. However, as time passes primitive fury and primal behaviour take over.


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The Death Of Ivan Ilych – Leo Tolstoy

“Morning or night, Friday or Sunday, made no difference, everything was the same: the gnawing, excruciating, incessant pain; that awareness of life irrevocably passing but not yet gone; that dreadful, loathsome death, the only reality, relentlessly closing in on him; and that same endless lie. What did days, weeks, or hours matter?”


Still celebrated to this day, Leo Tolstoy’s The Death Of Ivan Ilych describes the ordeals of a high court judge as he comes face-to-face with death, having never faced his own mortality before.


Sula – Toni Morrison

“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.”


Throughout Sula we follow two black heroines from their close childhood friendship in Ohio to their turbulent adulthood as they travel on differing paths.


The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”


Charming and classic, The Great Gatsby is perhaps the most famous short novel of all. The Jazz Age, love, loss and soirees combine to create a heart-wrenching story that will never be forgotten.

If I’ve missed out any of your favorite short novels, please let us know in the comments below!

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10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development



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There is a famous quote by Lao Tzu that says:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

This drives what I feel is true about self-help and personal development. Many times, we need to let go of who we have told ourselves to be, of the habits we said cannot be changed, and the patterns that cannot be broken, to achieve our full potential.

Change comes when we believe that it is possible, and when we open our minds to the potential of who we could become. So where do we start to work on this personal development? Books for personal development, or even articles online, are not a bad place to start.

Here are some of my suggestions.

10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development

1) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Brene Brown writes about ten guideposts that can help us get rid of the shame and guilt that we carry around. This concept should help us embrace the ideas that we belong, that we are worthy.

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Her writings show us how to be more authentic. It helps us shed others’ ideas as well as our own of what we should. She teaches us to show courage and comfort in embracing who we truly are. This is one of the books for personal development that carries a true message of acceptance.

2) Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior Paperback by Mark Goulston  & Philip Goldberg

The authors teach you to “transform 40 common self-defeating behaviors, including procrastination, envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, and inaction.” By learning to stop these self-defeating behaviors, you can achieve success and have a life that you embrace.

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3) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


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Jen Sincero shares moving stories, clever advice, and simple exercises to help you recognize and cease the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you from the life you want. You will learn where these patterns started, to accept the things you cannot change, and to take on the things that you can. One of the most inspiring books for personal development.

4) Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall

Derek Rydall focuses on ONE important point: “the answer is already in you.”

He believes that there is no part of us that is not exactly as it should be. That deep down we possess the skills and the abilities, but something stopped us from knowing this along the way. The book follows seven stages that show us that we actually are not lacking anything, that everything we need is already inside of us.

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5) I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown

So many people get stuck on this idea of “what will people think.” Somewhere down the line, they learned to care more about what others thought of them than what they think of themselves. In this spirit, Dr. Brene Brown writes:

“We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

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When we can truly love and accept ourselves in this way, we can achieve greatness.


6) Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and… by Beverly Engel

Beverly focuses on healing your emotional self. Whether this means letting go of toxic people in your life and the self-esteem damaging messages that come with them, or letting go of the shame and guilt you have been inundated with your whole life.

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The author works to help you become more kind and tolerant of yourself. To create an image of yourself that you feel worthy of. One of the great books for personal development for those who need to let go of past abuses and hurt to achieve their personal goals.

7) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She shows us that using tools such as self- admiration, does not necessarily mean we will be successful.

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The fact is that this mindset can actually get in the way of our success and growth. The author focuses on the idea that we can actually take part in lifelong learning that can lead us towards our most significant accomplishments.

8) Self-Defeating Behaviors: Free Yourself from the Habits, Compulsions, Feelings, and Attitudes That Hold You Back by Milton R. Cudney

I do not think you can get a better review than this:

“The most detailed examinations of self-defeating behavior I have ever read…. Very useful.” — Albert Ellis, PH.D., President, Institute of Rational-emotive therapy, and author of A New Guide to Rational Living. 

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When the person that literally founded the school of thought on how our thoughts impact our emotions, you know this is a book you need to read! It focuses on the simple premise that we are constantly faced with opportunities to demonstrate self-defeating or self-enhancing behaviors.

9)The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

This is one of the bestselling books for personal development of all time. It has helped countless people change their thinking, and achieve their goals. Dr. Peale simply wants individuals to live a happy and nourishing life by: believing in themselves and what they choose to do, and by developing a sense of purpose.

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If people believe that they have the power to accomplish anything, they can learn to be at peace with the thought that they can be truly successful. They will also find meaningful personal and professional relationships. Finally, this book can help folks grow control and confidence in themselves.

10) The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

This is a simple and phenomenal workbook. One of the major reasons that people enter therapy and are held back from achieving their goals, are issues with self-esteem.

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This book will help the individual to learn the roots of their confidence issues, how their formation may have been faulty, and that they have control of who they are and what they want to achieve going forward.

Which of these books for personal development will you read first?

Working on self-esteem, getting to the point where you believe in yourself and your abilities, can be the single most important thing that someone can do to achieve personal development and success. Once we have developed a strong foundation of self-esteem, all things are possible.

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10 Motivational Books For Entrepreneurs Who Are Just Getting Started



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Summary: Here are our 10 favorite motivational books for entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or one who has recently gotten started, these inspirational and practical books about business and mindset will educate and inspire your entrepreneurial endeavors.

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1) Edelman, Ric. The Lies About Money

Ric Edelman is a financial advisor in the United States. Not only is Edelman the CEO of one of the top independent financial institutions in the U.S., Edelman hosts a weekly radio show called The Ric Edelman Show.

In The Lies About Money, Edelman seeks to debunk common financial myths and shine a light on the dark parts of the retail financial industry. Edelman really feels like an advocate of the consumer rather than some slimy salesperson.

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This book is a great “next step” after Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. After Sethi gives the basics, Edelman seems to pick up right where Sethi leaves off. Another aspect of this book that I love is that Edelman talks to everyone. He wants to make sure that all people in all stages of their life have a plan.


2) Sethi, Ramit. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I Will Teach You To Be Rich is one of the most comprehensive guides for people of all ages, especially twenty somethings, to learn how to manage their lives.

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If one is looking for a mix of the traditional wrapped in the contemporary, this is a very interesting read. As an entrepreneur, you must first manage your own life before you can help others manage theirs. Sethi really demonstrates his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves.


3) Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell is a successful journalist and author. He has written five New York Times bestseller, and is fascinated by how the world works. The Tipping Point is an excellent survey of epidemics and their sociological effects.

As one of the most objective books for aspiring entrepreneurs I have ever come into contact with, the information gained from this work has a lot to do with documentation, instead of commentary.

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Where Gladwell is really important though, is in the connections of all of this information. He seems to be more than proficient in connecting statistical data, and presenting it objectively. I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneurs interested in the sociological effects of popular interests or detrimental outbreaks.


4) Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Start with the end in mind. Tim Ferriss is an in-your-face, get-up-and-do-it kind of guy. With a blog to accompany this life-changing book, Ferris has created an ever-changing guide to becoming better than you were before, rather than a typical “self-help” guide to getting rich quick.

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One of my favorite things about Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek is his ability to compartmentalize skill acquisition, provide success tools, and quantify typical abstract mindsets. This is one of the most important reads I have ever come across for development and motivation.


5) Waitley, Dennis. The Psychology of Winning for the 21st Century

Visualize, then attack. Dennis Waitley promotes a hybrid of visualizing success while living in the present, and leaving the negative past behind. Waitley states, “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.

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In addition to helping the general public, Waitley has worked with top athletes and business people in efforts of giving them the edge they need in high stakes situations. Imagine what you could do with this top tier information on your way up to financial independence.

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6) Branson, Richard. Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” If there is anyone with an ability to capitalize on seemingly impossible situations, it is well-known businessman Richard Branson. Afflicted with dyslexia his whole life, Branson has been able to see opportunity when others see despair.

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In Branson’s book Screw It, Let’s Do It, he tells extremely enjoyable stories about many of his pivotal business and personal tribulations. One of my favorite things about Sir Richard is the fact that he is able to succeed when people tell him not to, or can’t.


7) Godin, Seth. Linchpin

The obvious goal of being an entrepreneur is to be able to work for yourself, right? Whether you believe this or not, you could argue that you could be entrepreneurial within the confines of a typical workforce job. In addition, most entrepreneurs have to be somewhere doing something that can fund your brand new business venture.

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As an excellent synergistic addition to the 4-Hour Workweek, Seth Godin’s book Linchpin is the guide on leveraging your social, technical, and time-management skills to your advantage. This leverage will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. This would be in contrast to being ordered around by a dictator boss, and simply mailing it in to become a cog of a machine.


8) Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

People get overwhelmed. Unless you are a person who knows to manage yourself, the people around them, and compartmentalize demands as they fly through the door. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a clear, well-known staple to the entrepreneurs repertoire.

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All of the things found in this book are worth your time, but the ideology of being able to categorize subjective tasks is priceless. The world we live in is not black and white, so we must be comfortable dwelling in the gray. Covey teaches you how to do this in one of the must-read books for aspiring entrepreneurs.


9) Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? is a fictional self-help book dealing with change. The ability to first adapt, then thrive in an ever-changing world should be an entrepreneur’s primary goal. When people tell me that they are a survivor, they expect me to be impressed. Congratulations! You are not dead. That’s all. You have done nothing.

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Instead of being a survivor like every other member of society, be someone who thrives and helps others. Despite all efforts, change gets the best of people. It converts our thriving mind into a surviving mind.


10) Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business 

Not everyone needs the prestigious credibility indicators that you are told all your life you must acquire. The lion’s share of credibility indicators require vast amount of time and money to attain.

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Kaufman teaches you how to navigate through the labyrinth of who, what, where, when, and why you may or may not need to attain that ever-so-coveted graduate degree.

The Personal MBA is the resource you need when it comes to making the decision about whether you should spend your time and money on business and personal development – with or without the help of a university.

What other books for  entrepreneurs would you add to the list?

If you have a personal favorite or recommendation, let us know in the comments section below!

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