Books are great.
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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.
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.
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!’.
@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.