Books. They are great. What books do you all love? Are there any books that have changed you more than you thought they would?
I love Murakami’s novel "Dance Dance Dance", and the Dalai Lama’s "An open heart"
I started reading The Children of Hurin thinking it would be just another fun book, but for whatever reason it hit me hard. Also certain text books (mostly chemistry, anatomy, physiology) have really shaped how I think about the world, life, existence, etc.
I have a hard time reading nonfiction. Sad but true…
But yeah, it’s amazing how open ended writing styles can be. I’ve been paying more attention to that the last couple of years. Like, do you prefer first or third person, or a book that switches off?
I’m torn between Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, François de La Rochefoucauld, Jean de La Bruyère, Stephen King, Douglas Adams and the autobiography of Marlon Brando.
“Between them Hugo and Shakespeare have exhausted every subject. Originality is no longer possible – even in sin. So there are no real emotions left – only extraordinary adjectives.” – Oscar Wilde
I have a really hard time finding fiction books that interest me. I’m very picky with them, but I love basically any nonfiction book.
The holographic universe was one of the first books I read when I started to care about the world around me, and it really changed my life-view in so many good ways.
I prefer non-fiction over fiction, but saying that I don’t mind either.
Right now, I am reading ‘A Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book of Dead’ by Timothy Leary. If anybody else has read it, tell me what you thought of it :)
@BirdFlyingHigh I agree, I would recommend Siddhartha to anyone! Some others that have changed me are the Tao Te Ching, The Tao of Pooh, and The Good Earth. But right now the most influential in my life has been The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
Kahlib, Alex and Jack– Yea, I prefer non-fiction too. After Harry Potter, I got tired of fiction but I still love books like “The Alchemist”. My other favorites are
Rich Dad Poor Dad (Part 1 and 2 and Business School) by Robert Kiyosaki
Fearless by Max Lucado
Freakonomics by Steven Lewitt and Stephen Dubner
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
I am reading “The Magic of Thinking Big” right now and next in line is “The God Delusion”. I wanna read books about topics related to the Grand Design by Stephen Hawking. Any suggestions?
Oooo Kate, “An Open Heart” was great :)
@ BirdFlyingHigh~ I’ve heard great things about Siddartha, I better get on that one of these days :)
@ Rajiv~ Heeeeeey!!!! Long time no see :)
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz (& now there’s the Fifth Agreement that sums up the first four anyways).
Anyone else love autobiographies? I find them to be the most inspiring books, and there’s so much to learn from reading about someone’s experiences, more than from reading any self help book or stuff like that.
Anthony Kiedis (RHCP) “Scar tissue” is my favorite thus far (haven’t read that many yet.)
another vote for murakami. Shel Silverstein and Robert Hunter for poetry. and all those books where physicists try and explain in words what they’re figuring out via math I will never understand. If you have kids interested in nature and where life came from, David Attenborough’s Life on Earth is a wonderful book to read together, beautiful pictures and very well-written.
autobiographies are OK but since so much of the info is embellished or falsified, I don’t care whether or not stories are “true”. I read them all with a similar eye and fiction inspires me just as much as “non-fiction”. Richard Bach is a great example of someone who sits on that line, I never believed his stories were true but they inspired me all the same when I was younger.
Hey fellow book lovers. Right now I currently have “The Psychology of Consciousness” next to me, along with “The Varieties of Religious Experience”(discusses “spirituality” more on the level of subjectivity).
I read Russell Brand’s “My Booky Wook” last week, extremely funny and insightful at times. I read “The Stranger” by Albert Camus recently… and just re-read “The Body”(short story) by Stephen King. As you can probably see, I like to maintain a mix of fiction and non-fiction.
Nicole— I did read the alchemist and mentioned it on this post too :D
Em– HEY!!! I know…I have been traveling a lot and I don’t have my fucking laptop which is frustrating. I should get it in 2-3 days :)
Manimal— I have been meaning to study Autobiographies too. But I am skeptical about how reliable the information might be
Yeah some of them are great, Ive read about 5, so far Life by Keith Richards has been the best, his life was crazy and you wonder how he even got to 30 without be jailed, overdosed, or even still writing hits yet he is still going now!
You have to be careful with some of them however, they are usually very bias
Although you’re going to be bombarded with information about apple products, I enjoyed listening (yes, audiobook) to Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson. An interesting read. I like reading biographies. Especially because I am looking what I want to do with my own life, it’s inspiring to see what others have achieved.
My all time favorite fiction is “Rant” by Chuck P.
Rajiv- a man after my own heart. “The Alchemist” left a lasting impression on me (and yeah nicole, Coelho is the cat’s pajamas- his writing style is refreshingly straight to the point.) . Rajiv, Have you read “A Brief/er History of Time”? I really liked Freakenomics- if you like that then try reading anything by Malcolm Gladwell. Also i recently read “The Psychopath Test” . Anyone else read that?
Wow, now that I think about it, I do read nonfiction. I guess I’m all growed up.