A Secret List of Books that Infuse Hope


When the world says, “give up”, hope whispers, “try one more time”!

Every person, at some point in life, feels wrecked, worried or suffers an important loss and it is easy to let go of hope. Do you feel like losing hope? Pick up the following books that will not only bring it back but also shine some light into your lives. These fictional stories are gifts of hope passed through printed pages.

All the Light We Cannot See – By Antony Doerr

All the light we cannot see

“All your life you wait, and then it finally comes, and are you ready?”

This is a book set in WWII, with two compelling characters, a blind girl, and a German orphan. It is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. It explains the tragedy of war and how it can affect people’s lives. The characters’ lives and how they survive the devastation of World War II is the story.

A Fine Balance – Robinston Mistry        a fine balance

“The human face has limited space. If you fill it with laughter there will be no room for crying.”

The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has declared a state of emergency. Under whose upheavals, a spirited widow, a young student, and two tailors flee the caste violence of their native village. They are thrust together. They share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

the book thief

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

It is the story of a young German girl who comes of age during one of the most horrific times in recent history. If you love to eat words like they are ice cream, this is a must-read. Every page injects hope.

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

small great things

What if the puzzle of the world was a shape you didn’t fit into? And the only way to survive was to mutilate yourself, carve away your corners, sand yourself down, modify yourself to fit? How come we haven’t been able to change the puzzle instead?”

A brutally honest book that tells ‘This is what Racism looks like’. The heart-wrenching story of a labour & delivery nurse, accused of murder by a white supremacist. How she storms back is the story. Though the story is simple and is right there, the emotions tied to white/black groups are beautifully captured.

To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee            

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

Atticus, a lawyer, and good and caring father, a moral man, represented a Black man accused of raping a White woman. The Guardian said it best– ‘To Kill a Mockingbird will never stop being a good book, and it will never stop inspiring good people’.

If these don’t give you enough hope, here are some more.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

Every character in the above-mentioned books teaches us plenty of lessons. And I hope you not only finish these stories more hopeful than you were but also with learnings and wisdom to help you as you look forward.

CareerNinja Team
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