It’s fair to say we are nothing without ideas and it would be right to acknowledge the vital role reading plays in this process.

I remember a university lecture once said to me (rather bluntly I thought), that no ideas are our own. Everything we think is a unique idea, has either been written about before and we’ve simply ingested it and regurgitated it, or it already exists unbeknownst to us.

While this is most probably true, I still like the idea of dreaming big and searching for those unique nuggets of wisdom and creative concepts amidst our everyday experiences.

But, without a doubt our ideas stem from primarily from what we read and there area always authors that influence us and our view of things, in some shape or form.

So in an effort to acknowledge those writers and their ideas, here is my list of inspiring individuals who have written so strikingly on a range of topics and in a variety of genres.

As is always the case, it is an evolving list, but one that contains some quintessential classics, new age ideas and the fantastical.

Reading of any kind is time well spent, in my books (he he).

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss


  • ‘The Good Life’ Hugh Mackay
  • Alain de Botton’s collected works and ‘The School of Life’
  • ‘Meditations’ Marcus Aurelius
  • ‘Sophie’s World’ Jostein Gaarder
  • ‘On the Shortness of Life’ Seneca
  • ‘The Daily Stoic’ Ryan Holiday
  • Allan Watts (British born American philosopher)
  • ‘Mans Search for Meaning’ Victor Frankl
  • ‘The Seat of the Soul’ and ‘The Heart of the Soul’ Gary Zukav
  • ‘Deep Thoughts on Life, the Universe and Everything’ Mark Vernon
  • ‘The Ripple Effect’ Tony Ryan
  • ‘Together is Better’ Simon Sinek
  • ‘The Essential Dalai Lama’ Ed. by Rajiv Mehrotra
  • ‘The Bookseller of Kabul’ Asne Seierstad


  • ‘1984’ George Orwell
  • ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ C.S Lewis
  • ‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley
  • ‘Oh the Place You’ll Go’, Dr Seuss
  • ‘Jane Eyre’ Charlotte Bronte
  • ‘The Alchemist’ Paulo Coelho
  • Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ but all his works really
  • ‘The Power of One’ Bryce Courtney
  • ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ Anthony Doerr