I just read The Catcher in the Rye for about the tenth time. It was one of my favorite books as a teenager, and I still like it as an old guy. It's not exactly life changing, but it's pretty good. One of my very favorite books is Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. Again, not life changing, but it's magical and entertaining.
My ten year old niece asked for it for Christmas which I thought was a little crazy. I read it in high school as part of the curriculum, sort of sucked the life out of it.
Martin Heidegger's Being and Time ! It was the
greatest philosophy book of the 20th century ! German existentialism ! Genius !
dune by frank herbert. its a sci fi, but i loved just about everything in that book, and the perspective it brought me about my life and choices still affects me
I only read God Emperor of Dune and another Herbert book. Both amazing.
everyone told me not to read past the first one because the rest were only meh
I saw the movie when I was a kid, I thought God Emperor of Dune was a weird tangent for the story to have gone in. The other one was The Dosadi Experiment.
I love to read, but i never read a book that changed my life other than leading to me to other books I enjoyed. People probably made me, not books
Genealogy of Morals. Fredrich Nietzsche. I think that was the first bit of philosophy I read and it blew my mind, challenged a lot of assumptions I had.
It is complicated, but that's what I enjoy about it. I also like that he was catatonic by the end of his life. He see's a horse being beaten in Italy an went to bits. A fascinating guy.
I love "Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz. I think there are 7 or 8 books in the series now and I have read them all.
the child called it..very sad but great book
The Fault in our Start, by John Green
Wizards First Rule, by Terry Goodkind. Behind the story, which is very good, there are some very important lessons in morality and ways to live and think.
airman by eoin colfer, taught me no matter what get back up on your feet because people need ya
The Child Called It. I don't know who it's by but it is a true story and it as 3 books after that one.
Skeptics and True Believers, authored by Chet Raymo, Walker and Company press. Actually the book happens to be at my side as of this very moment. I purchased it in year 1998, and must have read it easily 30 times. There's always something new to ponder with this excellent book.
Desert Flower - waris dirie
I just realized how lucky I am to born in a city where every facility is available including electricity/water/shelter/hospitals/good food etc etc.. which we do not appreciate.. just because we easily get them and still worry about what we don't have.
Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramhansa Yogananda..
Changed the way I look at the world...
"Flatland" by Edwin Abott Abott.
It's a mathematical fantasy-land told in the perspective of a two dimensional figure trying to understand the three dimensional world. It has little to do with math directly--but it is, inherently, about math--about being open to the possibility of four dimensions. It's available online to read for free.
That's one of those books I read a lot about years ago but never actually read. But the whole concept of a two-dimensional world just flies in the face of reality as I see it I probably wouldn't enjoy it. The physical world is 3-dimensional, we are 3-dimensional, and by the very mode of our existence there cannot exist a 2-dimensional world except in some abstract fantasy. A line or a plane without a third dimension sounds intriguing, but it simply doesn't exist in any reality that we can experience, if at all
We can't say that for sure. Flatlanders aren't 100% two dimensional. They have minimal thickness, so thin that it's almost not noticeable. For all we know, we could be slightly four dimensional. In fact, we might be slightly 10 dimensional, the 11th being time. Look up Calabi-Yau manifolds, 10/11-dimension theory, String theory, multiverse, and M-theory, just to name a few.
Hmm--so Flatland ISN'T actually 2-dimensional, it's 3-dimensional? Interesting
Flatland is *essentially* two dimensional; the same way a thin wire appears one dimensional from afar--we can perceive its length, but not so much depth or width. A thicker wire from afar looks two dimensional--length, width, but no apparent depth due to the depth being so small for us to register. In the same way, Flatland has a 3rd dimension... like amoeba on slides.
That's just semantics, though.
I'm pretty sure The Jungle by Upton Sinclair left the biggest impact on me. It opened me up to just how destructive unregulated capitalism can be
Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It's 34 years old and still amazing. I have finally found my religion.
I dig it.
that's exactly the word I thought of before you mentioned it....wow
Zadig by Voltaire
The Bible. No other book sparks up more debate. ;3
Monster. The autobiography of an l.a. gang member.
Nice. That was a good read.