Savvy Speaks: Favorite Books for Inspiration

Savvy Speaks: Favorite Books for Inspiration
Savvy Sisters - Wed Mar 28, 2012 @ 01:00PM
Comments: 29


We are all avid readers, and offline we sometimes trade suggestions. While business books are great, we also find inspiration from non-marketing books. Here are some of our recent favorites. 


I am a mystery / fantasy reader primarily.  I loved the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Millennium Series by Steig Larsson but everyone has read those so I thought I would mention a few that you might not have read!

Last year my 9 year old son got me hooked on the Inheritence (Eragon) Series by Christopher Paolini.  I took my son to meet the author for his birthday last year at a book signing for the last book in the series.  For him it was like meeting a rock star!  Mr. Paolini who wrote the first book in the series when he was 15 did not disappoint.  He is as amazing in person as his books.  I follow him on Twitter now and he is an awesome example of how an author can engage his readers through social media.

Finally check out The Sword of Darrow by Hal and Alex Malchow.  This father and son writing team released their first book last year.  Our family was part of group of advanced reader who got to preview this book last year.  If you are a fan of the Tolkien and C.S. Lewis books you will love this one.  

For those of you who like non-fiction Anna Quindlin has a new book coming out next month - Lots of Candles - Plenty of Cake.  If her past works are any indication pre-order this now!




I have shelves and shelves of books that we’ve read and which are waiting to be passed on in part due to their inspirational message. Included are some of my favorites: The Princess Bride by William Goldman (is there ever a post on favorite books where I don’t mention this one?) The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (a life changer, just blew me away when I first read it – so powerful), and Wicked by Gregory Maguire (such political/social intelligence in story form.) Also, absolutely anything by Frances Mayes (must be read with a glass of wine and some crusty bread).

From my childhood, there is Rascal by Sterling North, The Old Witch books by Devlin, The Homecoming by Earl Hamner Jr. (this one I’ve read out loud to my kids at Christmas) and even Dracula by Stoker.

Far too many books and far too little time. 



Fiction Matters

I'm not sure I can pick a single favorite ... or even a few favorites, but you can check out my ratings at GoodReads. The most recent book I've read (and adored to the point of a mourning period upon finishing the final chapter) is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - brought me back to my Jane Eyre days.

I tend towards classic fantasy and magical surrealism - I love the way these types of stories offer new and unique perspectives while remaining firmly grounded in human nature and universal archetypes. Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, and Charles DeLint are all perennial favorites.  

Aside from favorite books or authors, I would like to share two thoughts:

  1. Audio books are not cheating (and are often the best way for busy people to keep up with fiction reading!)
  2. Reading fiction helps your career (Yay to Gini Dietrich for penning this one!)
No - go forth and read. AND ... share your favorites! :) 




I like a lot of books, but one of my recent favorites has been The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Not only was this a great story that captured my attention from the beginning, but I love to hear how women band together for a greater cause. It's not a business book by any stretch, but I think there are lessons we can all apply to life and marketing. 


What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments! 


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