What is the absolute best book you've ever read?

Profile photo of Jordan Bates Jordan Bates (@bashfulkoala) 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I’m hoping to start reading more actual books again. What are the best or most life-changing books you’ve read?

November 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm
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Per (0) (@Per-Sib) 4 weeks, 1 day ago ago

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Keith00 (0) (@Keith00) 4 weeks ago ago

I wouldn’t say its the absolute most life changing book but the diary of Anne Frank got me feeling and looking at how cruel life was and how horrible the earth had become once humans thought they could control everything with weapons. *(SPOILER AHEAD)* This book got me the most at the end where the war was so close to being over and you are so hopeful that she lives but then the diary simply ends and you look up what became of Anne Frank and you see that she died at age 15 after being found along with the rest of her family. It was very sad to have such a build up of hope just fall on you like that. And it really hit me how today in 2016, people have simply forgotten of the horrible things that happened during the hollicost. Im 16 and I read this book because many people had to read it for school in middle school but I never did so I dicided to look into it and read it myself and I think that when you read it at an older age, the reality of it hits you a lot harder. 

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Orka12 (1) (@Orka12) 4 weeks ago ago

Dune, by Frank Herbert. Ho. Ly. Shit.

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arzola (0) (@arzola) 3 weeks, 5 days ago ago

The Best That Money Can’t Buy.

I admire the author Jacque Fresco for such unconventional ideas (a resource-based economy above all) and his wisdom in multiple fields of science and technology. He talks about how our current political/social/economical system is inherently inneficient and encourages many forms of inequality: poverty, war, greed and materialism, etc.

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Dawn (0) (@Dawn-Pope) 3 weeks, 5 days ago ago

“Be here now” “Genius of the Absurd” by Lao Tzu “Pride and Prejudice”  Jane Austen “The Godfather” “Oliver Twist” “of human bondage” 

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Mowgli (0) (@Mowgli) 3 weeks, 4 days ago ago

Be here now by Ram Dass was the thing I needed to read in my transformation from experimental psychedelic use to a more well aimed spiritual path. Highly recommended 

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AronG (0) (@AronGamman) 3 weeks, 4 days ago ago

Although he’s a big counterculture sort of figure, I recommend Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger (1) for nonfiction and Iluminatus by he and Robert Shea to read his fictional side. I’m most influenced by his maybe logic concept or model agnosticism. His fiction really speaks to this concept coming from another point of view. Most people either hate him or love him. I love his writing as humor as well as philosophy.

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Peg Futrell (0) (@pfutrell) 3 weeks, 3 days ago ago

A pure pleasure of a book is Moby Dick.  You won’t believe the amount of humor and ironic perspective on human kind and our societies, that is delivered in this book, sometimes to laughing-out-loud levels.  The whale is a foil, in this case a whale-ification of qualities that make for a true competitor and fierce opponent, one who leads us onward to discover the grit, determination and sheer madness that takes over the human expression when on a quest. The author Melville, as young observer on this wild ride through the oceans as a member of a crew of fascinating mates married to their mission, notes all about him with wry perspective.

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Peg Futrell (0) (@pfutrell) 3 weeks, 3 days ago ago

No list of transformative books would be complete without mentioning the 10 Seth books, starting with Seth Speaks.  If you can, read them all.  What it has done for me is given me a mental vocabulary to extend my imagination to see beyond the boundaries currently constricting my understanding and expression.  Once you get into a practice of regularly exercising your powers of imagination in such a manner, which a reading of a single paragraph in any of these books can help you to do, then your consciousness has the tools to help you break free of barriers and experience your greater reality.  This can be a most joyful experience. 

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Martin (0) (@Martin-Redl) 3 weeks, 2 days ago ago

The Art of War -Sun Tzu& Das Gegenteil ist Wahr-Johannes Juergenson

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The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts. 

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Fountainhead (0) (@Shanna) 3 weeks, 1 day ago ago

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I read The Fountainhead of Ayn Rand in a period in which I was struggling with myself. I didn’t know if I was on the right track and got stuck in a ‘here you are, lying in bed feeling sorry for yourself’ loophole. I heard both extremely positive and horrible storries about Ayn Rand, opinions about her work seemed to be quiet strong. Maybe that was one of the reasons why I felt attracted to The Fountainhead: I could use a strong point of view since I wasn’t able to get out of my regular thinking pattern. What I really liked about the book was the emphasis on your own values and that you should not compromise on them because the ruling majority asks or even demands that of you. The story describes the unconditional choice of a man to stick with his own values and ideas, even though that slowly leads him to societal and personal rock-bottom in stead of instant fame and success. The story reminds me a of Socrates’, who was more willing to drink a cup of poison than to betray on his beliefs.  My story ended with me getting out of bed and the mission to give myself some time to get to know myself better and to learn how to stand up for myself. The mission is still in progress. It’s very interesting :)

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Fountainhead (0) (@Shanna) 3 weeks, 1 day ago ago

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I read The Fountainhead of Ayn Rand in a period in which I was struggling with myself. I didn’t know if I was on the right track and got stuck in a ‘here you are, lying in bed feeling sorry for yourself’ loophole. I heard both extremely positive and horrible storries about Ayn Rand, opinions about her work seemed to be quiet strong. Maybe that was one of the reasons why I felt attracted to The Fountainhead: I could use a strong point of view since I wasn’t able to get out of my regular thinking pattern.

What I really liked about the book was the emphasis on your own values and that you should not compromise on them because the ruling majority asks or even demands that of you. The story describes the unconditional choice of a man to stick with his own values and ideas, even though that slowly leads him to societal and personal rock-bottom in stead of instant fame and success. The story reminds me a little bit of Socrates, who was more willing to drink a cup of poison than to betray on his beliefs. 

My story ended with me getting out of bed and the mission to give myself some time to get to know myself better and to learn how to stand up for myself. The mission is still in progress. It’s very interesting :)

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Jermaine (0) (@GucciCole) 3 weeks, 1 day ago ago

Fahrenheit 451

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AronG (0) (@AronGamman) 3 weeks, 4 days ago ago

Watts is a a major influence on me. I recommend The Book and Wisdom of Insecurity, because both reflect Alan Watts as a thinker on his own. Most of his best work usually comes from teaching on Eastern philosophies. They’re good as well, but it’s tougher to know where he starts and they begin at times. I’ve never read “This is It”, but he touches on that message a lot.

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Peg Futrell (0) (@pfutrell) 3 weeks, 3 days ago ago

I agree that Little, Big is a wonderful book.  The imaginative reach and force of Crowley’s story-telling and prose carried me away into an altogether different dimension of human kind (which do “run” in dimensions simultaneous to our own, some say.) 

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AronG (0) (@AronGamman) 3 weeks, 3 days ago ago

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AronG (0) (@AronGamman) 3 weeks, 3 days ago ago

Who’s the author? That’s just a general enough title that there are probably many books with that title.

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Fountainhead (0) (@Shanna) 3 weeks, 1 day ago ago

Totally love Catcher in the Rye! I read through it in one day and think back with a smile :D

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Fountainhead (0) (@Shanna) 3 weeks, 1 day ago ago

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse is also recommended

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