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5 inspiring and motivational books to read


One thing no one’s short of currently is time. That said, upping your book-repertoire is a seriously good way of improving your general and cultural knowledge and brilliant when it comes to discussion points at an interview. We’ve put together a selection of inspiring and motivational books so that, instead of twiddling your thumbs, you can get those motivational juices flowing when you find yourself staring longingly towards the pub in the distance with nothing to do. Get stuck in!

Red Notice, by Bill Browder

In 2008 Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky discovered a momentous case of tax fraud, unearthing a 230-million-dollar theft orchestrated by Russian Oligarchs that was, unsurprisingly, glazed over by Vladimir Putin. Magnitsky’s discovery became one of the most horrific cases of human-rights-abuse in Putin’s Russia, and the whole thing was born out of one individual’s lucrative, if not ludicrous, asset management start up.

Red Notice is the true story of US-financier Bill Browder’s rise to business fame. It’s undoubtedly inspiring for those out there making their way up the investment ladder (Browder was way ahead of the curve when he realised privatisation in Russia provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in investment terms) but, also, it’s an autobiography that makes you question whether your career is worth more than your family, or vice versa.

Becoming Michelle Obama, by (surprise) Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has blossomed into one of the most empowering women of our era for women and girls in the USA and across the world. Her memoir begins with her childhood in the South of Chicago as a young girl still grappling with the difficulties of racial discrimination and follows through to her embracing the task of becoming the very first African American First Lady of the United States. This book is empowering, inspirational, and a true representation of someone who steadily defied all expectations.

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics, by Tim Marshall

Prisoner’s of Geography is the book you never knew you were missing. It’s a fascinating guide to the influence geography has on events worldwide and provides a basis of knowledge that’s completely necessary when it comes to understanding the history of the earth.

The book covers Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan, Europe, Japan and Korea, and the Arctic – all of which have suffered or benefited at the hands of their own geographical climate. You’ll feel 50% more intelligent after reading it, we promise.

Educated, by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was born and raised by a Mormon family in Idaho, America. Her father suffered with an undiagnosed mental disorder and, as a result, spent most of his time preparing the family for doomsday. His religious views were extreme to the point that no medical care was acceptable – meaning his children often suffered terrible pain at the hands of farmyard machinery without any doctors, nurses, or medication at hand. Education was a definitive no, too, so the first time Westover stepped into a classroom was at the age of seventeen years old. Yet, somehow, she wound up in the University halls of Cambridge – impressing scholars with her genius but struggling with the comings and goings of what most of us would deem ordinary life.

Educated is a book that will shock you to your inner core, and one that everyone should read once in their lifetime. It even comes highly recommended by business magnate Bill Gates.

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates

In her uplifting new book, Melinda Gates discusses the many women that have inspired her throughout her life and talks about the challenges of witnessing real poverty and working towards reducing it. She also touches on her path towards becoming an equal business partner with her husband (Bill Gates) for their charity the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – which has contributed vast amounts of money to many charitable causes around the world. The Moment of Lift is enlightening and thought-provoking – well worth a read if what you need is a bit of perspective in our current circumstances.