Books are great.

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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"

02.17.2012 at 4:26 am

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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.

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Profile photo of Grand Kahlib Grand Kahlib (@kahlib) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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?

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Profile photo of Gianpaolo Gianpaolo (@garvamel) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

Books by Lobsang Rampa are beautiful, I’m currently reading some science fiction tho, the Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons, awesome.

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Profile photo of Lizzie Lizzie (@nymzie) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

I bet Harry Potter influenced me more than I realize :) I’ve been reading those books since I was 12 years old. I’m 25 now.

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Profile photo of Moni Moni (@moni) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

OMG! I also love Murakami! But I guess my personal favourites are The Wind-up Bird Chronicles and Kafka on Shore.

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

Just re-read Siddartha by Herman Hesse. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It’s a prose novel about Buddha before he became the Buddha.

Just excellent.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Jack Jack (@jackflash) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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 :)

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Profile photo of Colton Colton (@emecom) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@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.

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Profile photo of Rajiv Nelvoy Rajiv Nelvoy (@rajivnelvoy) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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?

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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).

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.)

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Profile photo of daveb daveb (@daveb) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of jhulyan jhulyan (@jhulyan19) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

I love to read Novels, Paulo Coelho is my favorite. I also read fiction ad non-fiction. Anyone familiar with the book the Alchemist? ;)

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

Currently rereading The Prince, Hands of Light and The Art of Peace (not so much “reading” the last one).

The most read book I have is probably The Hobbit. I like children’s fantasy.

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Profile photo of Rajiv Nelvoy Rajiv Nelvoy (@rajivnelvoy) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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

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Profile photo of Jack Jack (@jackflash) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Manimal

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

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Rajiv What do you mean reliable information? You mean the authors lie about their lives? Yeah, I guess they’re not 100% honest but they’re still good reads.

@Jack I HAVE TO check that one out.

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Profile photo of Damasias Damasias (@nan0fire) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

bump

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Profile photo of Flynnstone Flynnstone (@flynnstone) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

bump again

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Profile photo of Grand Kahlib Grand Kahlib (@kahlib) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

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.

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