Books are great.
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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 :)
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
@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.
@mskisa, no freakin way! I loved Animorphs too, they were one of my first influences to make my own story. I was so blown away by how there was so much depth to K.A. Applegate’s universe, and how every alien’s culture was more or less explained, and how the war with the Yeerks was more than good and evil, but shades of grey. I especially loved the Hork-Bajir Chronicles. Which were your favorites?
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?
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.
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.
@emecom, I’ll second the Marcus Aurelius choice! I prefer to read mostly nonfiction, as I prefer to feel like I’ll come away from a book having learned something more concrete. Getting Things Done was a HUGE help for me in becoming organized and getting my life on track. Tesla: Man Out of Time was definitely inspiring to me, reading how dedicated he was to the advancement of the sciences and his regard for money only as a tool to further his research (at least in his early career, then he became a bit corrupted…).
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).
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 really like how books can put you into the mind of another person. A really good book can fascinate you, and put you in awe of how that person can tell a story, or teach you something. My favorite fiction books- The gunslinger series by Stephen King, A clockwork Orange, Catch 22 and The Inheritance Series. Some great non-fiction books are from the Conversations with God series. I’m also currently reading The Sufis, which explains the Sufi practice as a religion who worships love, and is derived from human insight.
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.)
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.
@eyesopen, I think Tesla is something that deserves its own semester in everyone’s required schooling. Tesla is the reality to ‘anything is possible’ and also the answer to ‘what does this have to do with real life? I’ll never use what I learn from my homework!’.
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.
@Alex , @Caitlin: I learned something new today:
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