Books are great.

2 years, 11 months ago

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"

February 17, 2012 at 4:26 am

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Profile photo of Damasias Damasias (@nan0fire) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

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Profile photo of Clare Clare (@mowgli1) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Bump

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@manimal, dude….I loved Scar Tissue as well. I remember reading it when I was on a camping trip, and I simply could not put the book down.

Right now, I’m reading Think and Grow Rich and The Doors of Perception.

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Profile photo of MarkII MarkII (@mwinship13) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I’m currently re-reading Brad Blanton’s ‘Radical honesty’ and Rick Snoman’s legendary EDM production bible.

@theskafish Inorite, the storytelling is great, it really grabs your attention and brings you in for a ride. I found so many things that I could relate to as well, which really shows that although people live very different lives we can have so much in common. And the part about him meating the Dalai was eye-opening too.

Those two other books are great too, I love them. If you like ‘The doors of perception’ I recommend ‘Island’ by the same author.

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Profile photo of MsKisa MsKisa (@mskisa) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I prefer fiction, Anne Rice is still a favorite of mine. Some young adult series from my childhood that stood out were The Elimist and the whole Animorphs series.

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@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?

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Profile photo of Brendan Barstow Brendan Barstow C (@eyesopen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@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…).

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Profile photo of Zach Zach (@v1kingfan) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Michaela Jayne Michaela Jayne (@mjayne) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@beyond, Love Stephen King. Like the quote, I can see why you, specifically you, picked it.

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Profile photo of Michaela Jayne Michaela Jayne (@mjayne) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@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!’.

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Profile photo of Michaela Jayne Michaela Jayne (@mjayne) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@mskisa, Anne Rice is really interesting. I had loads of her books.

The thing about Anne Rice though, is that she can take people entirely down a bad way. She isn’t as sure of herself as other authors and her personal flip flop path of perspectives and ideals, and even moods really, could really screw with someone’s head. Like people have mentioned, books can really grab you and make you feel strongly connected to the ideas expressed in them. In that same way, people could draw strongly on her weirdness and let it make them weird by adopting the same feelings as their own.

Anne Rice king of has to be taken in through the right frame of mind to be any good without being a negative influence on a person’s character. IMO.

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Profile photo of TheGiantSquid TheGiantSquid (@thegiantsquid) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@alchemicmakeup, I did not like how he ended the Inheritance cycle, but not a bad series. For me my all-time favorite reads would have to be The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

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Profile photo of phanci3 phanci3 (@phanci3) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

A way of being by Carl Rogers. I only like the first few chapters that focus on communication, namely really hearing someone and being heard, and the chapter called “do we need a reality?” which talks about how there are as many “realities” as people on this earth.

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Profile photo of Iris Iris (@iris) 2 years ago ago

Recently, I really enjoyed Blue Like Jazz:3

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Profile photo of Phil Phil (@urbanuncia) 2 years ago ago

I’m really a fiction guy, I ate up the Hobbit and LOTR, The Golden Compass series.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was beyond phenomenal IMO :)

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