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Posted 9/18/16 , edited 1/26/17
I am looking for new reading material. Right now I'm reading 1Q84, but I'm nearing the end. It's a Japanese book written by Haruki Murakami. On to the topic.

I'd like you all to post 3 books that opened your eyes/mind, or just expanded your perspective. I guess I'll start...

1. Brave New World & 1984
These two books are being listed together because they are two peas in a pod. What I mean by that is that while individually they will certainly be extremely thought provoking. However, if you read them both within a relatively short time they will shatter your world if you have an open mind. You will never look at work, society, government, or the way things are the same way again.

2. Fahrenheit 451
In many ways this book seems to be a prophecy of our time. There is so much censorship and secrecy of information in our society. We are so deeply invested in entertaining ourselves with reality television and the news media that we sometimes completely forget there is an entire world out there. So few people read books anymore that libraries are completely empty. People go to college and then they never read again because academia somehow instills a hatred of reading in people. We seem to care less about others as well.

3. Looking For Alaska
This may seem weird in comparison to the others I listed because it is a young adult novel, but I find in many ways this book is just as profound especially if you are, or have, dealt with suicide or death where there are things that don't make sense. I have lost a lot of people and I have come to find there is often a sense of guilt or having failed the person and because of that you often struggle hopelessly to try to make things make sense. I guess that's a part of grieving in a way, but this book is also amazing because it also shows how we have a choice to flail hopelessly in the darkness or choose to cherish the memories and look to see the beauty in the world that is all around us.

Please add your thoughts on these books if you have read them, or simply add 3 books that you like a lot as a comment.. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you all.
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Posted 9/19/16 , edited 1/18/17
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Alice in wonderland (I count both books as one because the one I read had both in the same book).

Origami book

Blank exercise book.
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Posted 10/1/16
the kite runner

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harry potter
Posted 10/12/16
"Its not the law"
Wayne Barbuto

All The Presidents Bankers
Nomi Prins

The Lone Gladio Vol 1
Sibel Edmonds
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Posted 1/19/17 , edited 1/19/17
Revolt In 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein. This book taught me the value of freedom and individuality and how people raised within the status quo cannot see it's faults without some sort of external push.

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. It gave me profound insights on how my mind operates. I suddenly "made sense" after reading it

Philosophy In The Boudior by Marquis De Sade. A reminder that people cannot behave in an abnormal manner. If one does it, one wanted to do it, thus it's the norm.

*The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Included because of the wide array of stories and voices it uses; and was more influential and deep and meaningful than most books
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Posted 1/19/17
The Bell Jar, i tried reading it a few times but got bored. when i was 20 i convinced myself to read it while heading to college and this book really effected me in so many ways. [at one point i was rooting for the main character to be successful in her suicide because of the strong connection i felt for her.really blew my mind for a number of reasons and was a major turning point in my life]

A Clockworks Orange [UK version] i started reading the book when i was 14 but it took me 4 years to finish [i kept putting it down or leanding it out] so as Alex grew I grew, so it held more of a connection to me. the UK version has an extra chapter the US [and the film] does not that i feel is the whole reason for the book.

That Was Then This is Now/Rumble Fish in my teens i was all about TWTTIN but i hit a point where things changed and Rumble Fish was more poignant.
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Posted 1/20/17 , edited 1/21/17
Ive read everything from Bridwell to Tolkien and a whole bunch of other stuff in between, but what really laid the foundation in me wanting to keep reading and learning were the following books from my childhood:

Pablo Y Su Elefante by Elvira Menendez first chapter book ever read to me as a little kid, made me want to learn to read on my own.

Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater first chapter book i ever read understood and enjoyed

The Call of the Wild by Jack London inspired me to create my own stories and characters

As to your question ive read 1984 & F451 for added dystopian gloom ill even recommend The Giver. As interesting as they are though i personally cant deal with the over-the-top crapsack worlds presented (i know, blasphemy).Anyway while on crapsack worlds, I will recommend Nothing But The Truth by Avi. for a kids book it really tells it like it is. Biased media, corrupt politicians, right wing radio loons frothing up hate that book has it all, presented as real as it can happen in real life USA, but you dont have to take my word for it (lol couldnt help it)
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Posted 1/30/17 , edited 2/18/17
Currently reading "The Master and Margarita" and it's giving me a whole new perception of fate vs. destiny and whether we really have free will or we are predestined to live our lives already. I wouldn't consider it a must read, but it's pretty good, would recommend.

The Garden of Eden was probably my most "holy fuck" moment ever in literature. When I finished it and put it down, it felt so weird. It honestly feels like you just came down from an acid trip and you're just kinda getting your senses back properly and you're perceiving the world normally again. I cannot say anymore, read it. Now.

I'll come up with a third later.
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Posted 2/18/17
1. Gravity's Rainbow
2. The Brothers Karamazov
3. The Secret Agent
And a gaggle of other books/plays, these are just what initially came to mind
Posted 3/5/17
Harry Potter
Bridge to Terabithia
Keeper of the Lost Cities
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1. Mortal Engines Series (Phillip Reeve) - When I first realised how beautiful the world of literature can be.

2. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami) - When I first realised I needed to be a writer.

3. Cherub Series (Robert Muchamore) - The mainstay of my young teen years. I'd be a different person without them.

-Chris <3
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Posted 3/19/17
1. The Stranger by Albert Camus

Probably the first or only existential ( or absurdist) novel many people read. It really affirmed my belief that life is pointless besides what value you put in it. Some people find this though horrifying. I find it quite calming. Life is random. You should revel in the absurd nature of life.

2. Ubik or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Phillip K Dick

Both of these books deal with reality and even if such a thing as the true reality exists. Identity is a big part of Dick's better novels also. While these two novels have plenty of science fiction (I do love science fiction,) they bring up great questions that many people think about in life. Chiefly the question, who am I? Amazing books. Dick's prose might not be up to some of the greats, but ideas he had. Great ideas they were too.

3. The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft

I won't pretend I have anything profound to say about Lovecraft's stories. The great stories are aesthetic pieces of terrifying cosmic horror. Even the lesser stories are pulpy fun reads. I wouldn't try to glean any life lessons from his writings though. He was a sad, hateful man. Who isn't at least slightly afraid of the unknown though?
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Posted 3/23/17 , edited 3/23/17
The Plague by Albert Camus

The Tao Te Ching

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons DM's guide
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