Inspiring Reads for Book Lovers

Inspiring reads for book lovers

Looking for inspiration? The staff at Marillac St. Vincent have some great novels and nonfiction recommendations to add to your bookshelf.

In celebration of World Book Day, Marillac St. Vincent staff submitted book titles that have inspired them in the mission of MSV or informed the work they do in some way. The list includes titles on social, racial, and economic justice, faith, and classic fiction. With the current pandemic upending life at this time, we could all use some extra inspiration.

If you're interested in learning more about the importance of literacy and Marillac St. Vincent's literacy support check out this video created by MSV's very own Speech Language Pathologist.

Somebody's Someone

by Regina Louise

Recommended by Sr Salvatrice, DOC, Mental Health Specialist - "Based on the true-life of the author, this book takes the reader through the challenges of growing up with unstable care-givers. Her story highlights the need for belonging and the priority of loving relationships over social norms."

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

Recommended by Joseph Joyce, Outreach Case Manager - "Helps to realize whats important in ones life and the journey we take to seek our passions.""

The Skin I'm In

by Sharon G Flake

Recommended by Rosa Martinez, Assistant Teacher - "The struggle teenagers go through because they are different."


by Lykecia Williams

Recommended by Tamika Ivy, Assistant Teacher - "This book allows you to tap into life's struggles and pull out growth lessons. It inspired me to not ask "WHY ME?", but instead, why not me. Why not ME grow, Why not ME learn more, Why not ME get stronger."

When Breath Becomes Air

by Dr. Paul Kalanithi

Recommended by Hilary Waldron, Senior Services Manager - "The book is about a topic we don't like to talk about--grappling with your own mortality and death. But as much as it is about dying, it is also about how to go about living. It is beautifully written and impossibly sad. I think it is an important read as we begin to contemplate what the last year of loss, grief, and sadness has meant to us and how we will use our experiences of the last year to figure out what new kind of life we want to live. "

God don't like ugly

by Mary Monroe

Recommended by Rita Carter, Teacher - "Life bond after two girls from the opposite side of the track the shattering event changes their lie. When I started it was hard for me to put the book down.""

The Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Recommended by Ariel Mieja, Nearly New Thrift Store Manager - "The secret touches on what your goals are and how to achieve them. Its been years since i read the book and i had identify with the author on how the universe helps to succeed on achieving what you are after."

As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

Recommended by Antone Adams, School Age Teacher - "The book is only 40 pages but is filled with wisdom and life pointers. I highly recommend this book."

Just Ask!

by Sonia Sotomayor

Recommended by Marsha Ballenger, Pre-K Teacher - "This book is inspiring because it helps us to see the beauty in our differences. Our differences is what makes us unique, and what may seem like a disability is actually our personal strength. In essence, We become our own super-hero!"

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

Recommended by Stephen Barker, Director of Marketing & Communications - "This is one of my favorites from this past year! Bennett beautifully weaves a story that highlights very specific intersections of race, poverty, identity, gender, education, and class in America."

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