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Post Reply Books that have changed you as a person.
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Posted 2/1/17 , edited 2/1/17
As the title says what books had a major impact on the way you think and you would recommend to anyone you can?

For me; Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind, anything from Kurt Vonnegut, The Pale King from David Foster Wallace (Rest in peace ), The Bell Jar from Sylvia Plath, and The Obscene Bird of Night from Jose Donoso.

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The Sword of Truth series
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21 / F / The Cat Empire
Posted 2/1/17
Everyone should read Wonder by RJ Palacio!
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37 / M / So. Cal
Posted 2/5/17
Revolt in 2100 by Robert A, Heinlein
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24 / M / Washington
Posted 2/6/17
Ishmael By Daniel Quinn
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
Death of a Salesman By Miller
Hedda Gabler by Ibsen
Dostoyevsky & Pynchon

among many others
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26 / M / Way North
Posted 2/6/17
1984 By George Orwell
Animal Farm, also by Orwell
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
and Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
Posted 2/6/17
Text books.
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28 / F / The margins
Posted 2/9/17 , edited 5/20/17
Oh, I like this thread. I should explore the other forum categories more often.

Good books

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
Literary Theory by Terry Eagleton
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

All of these changed/affected me profoundly, and for the better. There were a couple ideas in each of them that I had realized beforehand in some primeval form, but the books revealed their true form, put them together, and told me their story. This is maybe selfish/self-aggrandizing, but I think you have to understand and relate to at least some small part of a book for it to affect you.


Linear Algebra by Friedberg, Insel, and Spence
Solid State Physics by Neil Ashcroft and David Mermin
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Michael Peskin and Daniel Schroeder
Abstract Algebra by Dummit and Foote

You think you know what despair is? Peskin and Schroder will properly educate you in such. It's a good textbook, in that it teaches things in the right order, has good problems, and covers everything. It's also very good at not giving you any idea as to what it's talking about. It is Ygritte, telling you that you know nothing - except instead of sleeping with you, it makes you carry it around everywhere.


Introduction to Electrodynamics by David Griffiths
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

These didn't change me so much as disgust me - though I suppose my disgust has been constant ever since I read them. I suppose Griffiths's E&M textbook taught me how not to teach.
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Posted 4/5/17
hmmmm i don't think it has changed me , but still very much worth reading :

my sister keeper ( you will treasure people around you after reading )

the pact ( you will realize how hard it is to find a soulmate , and if you found one, treasure )

the tenth circle ( might ignite your love for your father all over again)

da vinci code ( happy that you are just a normal human and not someone special )

devil wear prada ( will make you realize there's no such thing as an ideal job, its all in the mind )

harry potter series ( be happy that you are a muggle coz its blissful )
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Posted 4/16/17 , edited 5/20/17
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C Clarke
Martin Pebble by Jean-Jacques Sempé

I was compelled to reply when I saw you put The Bell Jar and Kurt Vonnegut!

The last one, a children's book, is about childhood friends who separate and meet again later in life, it was given to me by a close friend before they disappeared from my life and reconnected again. As I've gotten older more and more people come and go and come back again, this book made me appreciate the quirks of my friends and has served as a reminder that those who are lost can be found. Definitely worth gifting to those you care about!
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Posted 4/25/17
1984 definitely had an impact on me that I have become more aware of privacy. I taped my laptop webcam pre-Snowden
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40 / M / England
Posted 5/14/17
Black Box Thinking by Matt Syed

Changes the way you look at problem solving.
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Posted 5/15/17 , edited 5/20/17
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
1984 by George Orwell

I read 1984 when I was 10 and it blew my mind. I read Nervous Conditions in college and it became my favorite book.
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44 / M / Corpus Christi, T...
Posted 5/20/17
I've been making more of an effort to read things for broader perspective lately. Some things I can recommend:

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, by Melissa Fleming, about a refugee woman named Doaa Al Zamel who fled the Syrian Civil War. It's one of the hardest things I've ever read.

The Beautiful Struggle, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by John Krakauer (this book made me angry like few things ever have, but I learned a great deal)

I also finally read Dune (Frank Herbert) this year, and it was a hell of a thing. I understand what all the fuss has been about.

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Posted 5/24/17
Dreamseller and Heroin Diaries have guranteed I never graduate from cocaine to heroin.
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