From the Founders · Inspiration

A Lumi Opinion: Inspirational Novels

Today, Lumi is introducing you to some of our favourite novels on our bookshelves (some which we have already exchanged with each other!). Below are some of the books that we use to inspire, teach, and challenge ourselves in our vision as well as in our day-to-day.

At Lumi, we’re always after great stories that motivate and inspire us, because they help us to solidify our vision, keep us focused and keep us connected to the things that we are most passionate about! See below for our inspirational novels list:

  1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    Following the story of a young female German book-lover, this book taught us about fighting for what you believe in despite strong societal opposition.
  2. The People Smuggler – Robin de Crespigny
    A telling biography beginning in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, this book inspires us through the example of having relentless courage despite what life deals you, and never giving up on freedom.
  3. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
    This memoir, set in the Irish famine of the 1930s and 1940s, taught us about the beauty of viewing a sometimes difficult life through the innocence, optimism and idealism of a child.
  4. Questions of Travel – Michelle de Kretser
    An interestingly told page turner, this book teaches us about the lottery that is being born within a certain era, in a certain country. This book inspired us to seek creativity, wherever we may find it.
  5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flannagan
    Over the past year and a bit one of our Lumi team has had an ongoing project to read all the Man Booker Prize Winner books. And more often than not, they are rewarding reading experiences, which stay with you for a long time!
  6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
    Beginning in 1970s Afghanistan, this modern day classic shows us that we can still find small joys in the difficulties of life.
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    A classic story of a man’s fight for equality, this book taught us to relentlessly fight for justice in a world where it can seem justice does not exist. This book showed us the importance of persistently and courageously fighting for what is right.
  8. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    A holiday read! Looking forward to reading about Dinah, who enters ‘the red tent’ in a time of extreme gender inequality in a society thousands of years ago.
  9. Mighty Be Our powers – Leymah Gbowee
    Leymah Gbowee’s biography is an inspirational true story and powerful book of a strong woman in a time of war, death and terror. Leymah brought Liberia’s women together, and lead them to force the leaders of the nation to end the war. This book is a must!

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