Anyone interested in reading more inspirational books in 2020? Maybe even just reading more books in general? I think many of us probably have that common new year’s goal. And are wondering what to read.

Like many people I used to have a thriving habit of reading. Going through at least one or two books a week. Now I’m lucky if I read one book a month or dare, I even confess a book in six months!

Life gets busy and I’ll be the first to admit that I feel almost guilty when I read. But also guilty when I do read. I think that as we get older, we start to feel as though we must always be multitasking. Rejecting things that require our sole attention because it’s a waste of time.

But this year like many people, I want to start reading again. At least dip my toes in the water per say. 

If you are wanting to do the same this year and find inspirational books to read in 2020 then you have come to the right place. Because I have made a small list of three books that I think will fit right in with your 2020 reading list.

All three being humorous, inspirational and heart touching. All of the things you could ask for in a book.

What to Read in 2020

I decided to dedicate this list of books purely to inspirational books. Or inspirational memoirs because there are so many to choose from. So many wonderful options to dive into.

These kinds of books aren’t my normal cup of tea and might not be your either. But I think that they are books that would normally be crowd pleasers. Despite personal taste of book genre.

These are all the kinds of books that you would want to tuck into on a rough day after work. Or on a day where you could just use an emotional pick me up. 

They will make you laugh and cry and nod your head in agreement. As they touch on topics that we can all relate to in some way or another.

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inspirational books to read in 2020

Random Acts of Kindness by Dete a Meserve and Rachel Greco

Random Acts of Kindness by Dete a Meserve and Rachel Greco. This is a heartwarming collection of true stories about normal people being kind.

Here’s what Amazon says:

A disabled veteran in Oregon opens his front door to find that an anonymous Good Samaritan has left him a brand-new riding mower. 

In Oklahoma City, a woman who has just lost her job is amazed. When a stranger swoops in and pays for her groceries.

In snowy Boston, warm blankets mysteriously appear on park benches throughout the city. With a note: “These blankets are not lost! If you are cold, without shelter, and looking for comfort, then they are for you. Enjoy, and know that you are loved.”

The true, inspiring tales in Random Acts of Kindness spotlight ordinary people from age nine to one hundred. Who have found unique ways to show compassion and make a difference. Some of these stories will warm your heart and make you laugh; others will make you smile; and a few might make you cry–in a good way–with the joy of knowing there is so much goodness and generosity in the world. 

From the author of the bestselling novel Good Sam (soon to be a motion picture on Netflix worldwide) and award-winning journalist Rachel Greco. These uplifting stories will fill you with hope and gratitude, restore your spirit, and give you faith in the power of kindness to transform you and the world around you.

Some Reviews:

“WOW! Kudos to Dete Meserve and Rachel Greco, authors of “Random Acts of Kindness” for this inspirational, emotional, gratifying unique, and amazing collection of” Random Acts of Kindness”. As I read each story, I was in tears, actually crying. I was just so touched to realize that there are so many good people wanting to make this world a better place. I would highly recommend this inspirational and amazing book to everyone!”–Linda’s Book Obsession
 

“The stories Dete Meserve and Rachel Greco share touch my heart and give me hope. Random Acts of Kindness shows us the meaning of life is to give each human being the opportunity to live a genuine and authentic life. Dedicated and devoted to life enhancing and loving behavior.”–Bernie Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions FforThe Soul and A Book of Miracles
 

Random Acts of Kindness is 210 pages long and has almost all positive reviews and for good reason!

If you want a book that is going to make you laugh and cry and put it down with a warm feeling in your heart. Then this is the read for you!

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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person is written by Shonda Rhimes. The creator of several very popular tv shows and is the second book in our list of inspirational books to read in 2020.

Here’s is what amazon describes a Year of Yes as:

Shonda Rhimes the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So, who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows. It was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

Some Reviews:

“Rhimes is, unsurprisingly, a fantastic memoirist: Her writing is conversational and witty and lyrical, inflected with the supple human breathiness you might expect from a person who spends her days writing dialogue. The book features lots of great punchlines…It features occasional, chatty, second-person asides…[It] It is also in many ways a side-door self-help book…[with] pieces of advice that concern not just Rhimes’s readers, but everyone. …Year of Yes is a book about the shifts taking place in Hollywood right now, and in the world right now, in the guise of a friendly memoir. It is, like Shondaland itself, making a statement. It is insisting that it is time for the people who used to be invisible to come forward and be seen.”
—Atlantic.com

“A sincere and inspiring account of saying yes to life…Rhimes tells us all about it in the speedy, smart style of her much-loved TV shows. She’s warm, eminently relatable, and funny. Like a cashmere shawl you pack just in case, Year of Yes is well worth the purse space, and it would make an equally great gift. Rhimes said “yes” to sharing her insights. Following her may not land you on the cover of a magazine, but you’ll be glad you did.”
Kirkus

Year of Yes is approximately 352 pages and has a variety of mixed reviews. These books are highly personal to every individual who reads them so you will often either love it or hate it.

Personally, I think that this book sounds like a wonderful inspirational memoir to dive into. And it will be going on my reading list for 2020!

The World according to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers

The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers. This book is a heartfelt book based off of the children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Here’s what Amazons has to say:

There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved American figure. An inspiring collection of stories, anecdotes, and insights–with sections devoted to love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty. The book The World According to Mister Rogers reminds us that there is much more in life that unites us than divides us.

Culled from Fred Rogers’ speeches, program transcripts, books, letters, and interviews, along with some of his never-before-published writings, The World According to Mister Rogers is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions.

Known as “America’s Favorite Neighbor,” Fred Rogers dedicated his life to serving children through public television as creator, composer, and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Child Development and was ordained a Presbyterian minister, with the unique charge of working with children and families through television. Fred Rogers’ relentless commitment to all that is best in people led to an astonishing array of honors. from induction into the Television Hall of Fame to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fred Rogers passed away in February 2003.

 The World According to Mister Rogers: Important things to Remember is 208 pages and is a genuine and heartfelt book to read.

Nearly every review for this book is astoundingly positive and connects with everyone who reads it.

Honorable Mentions:

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Make Your Bed: Little Things that can Change Your Life and Maybe Even The World by Admiral William H. McRaven

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introverts Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan

Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me back from The Brink by Nita Sweeney

I couldn’t end this post without having at least a few honorable mentions. To properly end our list of three inspirational books to read in 2020.

If you are in the mood for accomplishing new year’s resolutions. Then you should check out this article on Creating a Night routine that Works for more inspiration!

Or this article on 10 Ways to Relieve Stress where reading is one of the tips mentioned.

If you have read any of these books or are planning to let me know in the comments. And let me know if there are any books like these that you have enjoyed reading!