Books are great.
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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.
@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?
@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…).
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.
@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.
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.