Good Books for Introverts and HSPs on Career, Business, Life

I’ve collected some books here that inspire me in all kinds of ways, in life, work, and spirit. Everything I’ve chosen to pass on is well-written, inspiring, and full of real-life depth. They’re also well suited to the sensibilities of introverts and highly sensitive people (HSPs), especially women. But each one is not for everyone. Follow your instincts.

I love books so much that the list got a bit long so I’ve put them into categories:

  1. Big Inspiration and Soulful Living
  2. Introvert Power and Inspiration
  3. Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths
  4. Authentic Business/ Self-employment/ Solopreneurs
  5. Career and Workplace Issues – Holistic Guidance
  6. Leadership
  7. Speaking and Communication Ease
  8. Fear, Courage, Confidence
  9. Mindfulness and Inner Peace
  10. Feminism, Social Justice, Racial Justice
  11. Novels and Memoirs that Introverted Women Will Enjoy

Big Inspiration and Soulful LivingFierce Heart book

Introvert Awareness, Power, and Inspiration

Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths

Embracing Uncertainty

Authentic Business Inspiration/ Self-employment/ Solopreneurs 

Career and Workplace – Holistic Guidance

Money Issues/ Simplicity


Speaking and Communication Ease

Fear, Courage, Confidence

Mindfulness, Inner Peace, Self-compassion

Women, Feminism, Social Justice, Racial Justice

Novels and Memoirs that Caring Introverted Women Can Love

  • The Alchemist - bookThe Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho
    A bestselling story that deftly captures life lessons about following your heart.
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
    A classic. Rich writing about an orphan heroine who expresses herself boldly, against the norms of her time.
  • The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    Fantastic writing. Deep and intense coming-of-age story about a young woman who grew up in foster care who expresses herself in the language of flowers. Every word is rich.
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    Spectacular writing and spectacular story about a quiet African-American woman who finds her voice in tough times in the South.
  • Caucasia, by Danzy Senna
    Beautiful writing. Coming-of-age story about invisibility, race, and family. Written from the perspective of a biracial girl who is forced to pass as white.
  • Calling Invisible Women
    A light yet worthy story that captures the invisibility feeling that many women experience at middle age.

If you’re a book lover like me, especially of inspiring books for women, you’ll find more goodies at A Mighty Girl’s Books of the Year (something for all ages).

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