Inspirational poems include "Still I Rise" and "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou, "Hope is the Thing With Feathers" by Emily Dickinson, and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Some longer inspirational readings are "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafazi and "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green.
Angelou has written several poems that address hardships associated with gender, race, and childhood. Dickinson wrote several poems concerned with feelings about death, loss, and grief. Frost wrote poetry deeply rooted in and inspired by nature. More inspirational poets include Langston Hughes, Invictus, and William Wordsworth.
"I Am Malala" describes Malala Yousafazi's fight for women's rights and education in Pakistan. As a result of her outspokenness about a woman's right to an education, Yousafazi was shot and survived a serious head wound. The memoir describes her circumstances and struggle and offers inspiration for women to stand up for their rights.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is a fictional work about the romance between two teens who have cancer. The work follows their relationship and all that comes with being in love while terminally ill.
Some other longer prose works include "Eat Pray Love," a story about a woman's travels throughout Europe to discover herself; "Heaven is For Real," a story of a boy's out-of-body experience during an emergency surgery; and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the fictional account of an introverted high school boy who is struggling to find friends, purpose, and his place in the world.