Books are great for opening the mind and seeing possibilities. I often recommend books to people. For people doing their inner work to grow my most often recommended book is The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer. If you are trying to get started on a project or want to find and express your art (whatever that may be) into the world, The War of Art, by Stephen Pressfield is a must. If you are exploring what it means to be a man The Way of the Superior Man, by David Deida is invaluable. I have more, drop in and explore my bookshelves with me sometime… a great book is one of life’s treasures. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb is my current inspiration not only for the content but also his unique style of writing.
No book can do the work for you.
I cannot count how many times people have told me after practicing some inquiry, that despite everything they have read and studied, all they have learned from courses, all the advice they have received, all the videos they have watched, all the inspiring Facebook posts, ideas they have thought up, that nothing so deeply impacts their life and their world-view than 20 minutes of inquiry: exploring their own depth without the obstacle of their mind.
Books can inspire us but it all comes down to what you do with the inspiration.
When you get inspired, the next step is to do your work and find your obstacles to manifesting your inspiration. Do your work; there is no substitute.
What is inspiring you to do your work?