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

 Jordan Bates (@bashfulkoala)4 years, 6 months 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
Gaurav Marathe (4) (@GauravMarathe) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

My experiment with truth.. by Mahatma Gandhi.. It is book about how one human being can transform himself through coscious reflection on his life journey. It is provoke the self-development process than getting some absolute norms..

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Joost20 (37) (@joost20) 4 years, 5 months ago ago

Sounds good, immediately whant to read it 

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wrenchman (6) (@xanderman) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

I am finishing up Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and it’s a great philosophy book. It challenges dualism and the way most of the modern western world views life as we know it. I would highly recomend it.

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mansour (2) (@mansour.naderinia) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Freedom from known,  by Krishna murti. Is the best and marvelous book iv ever read.this book show me another world and teach how am I poor.and whats the real life is

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Travers (9) (@findingtravers) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Ishmael- Daniel Quinn, Fight Club- Chuck P., Siddartha- Hermann Hesse, The Book- Alan Watts, and A Song For Lya- George R.R. Martin. These books completely changed my life. If you want books for that, these are where to look

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Jordan Bates (4,683)A (@bashfulkoala) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

great list. i’ve read The Story of B by Quinn as well as the other three you listed excluding the Martin book

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thatonefellow (0) (@thatonefellow) 4 years, 5 months ago ago

fantastic list: agreed on all

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Travers (9) (@findingtravers) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

For the single best book you could ever read? I say that it is your own journal. Keep a journal, write in it daily, then read it and see yourself truly, that will make you wiser than any work of someone else’s mind.

Aside from that, the best book written by another human being would in my mind be (for men), the way of the superior man by david dedia, then for the other half of the population (and men), How to Make Friends and Influence People, because life is better with company

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Purplejellybean42 (0) (@Purplejellybean42) 4 years, 5 months ago ago

Ive kept journals since I was 10, (so for 16 years now). As corny as it sounds; some of my favorite simple days are spent re-reading my journals. I was a VERY dramatic 6th grader and an emotional teenager. They are great reads. It helps to drink tea/coffee on a rainy day while reading journals.

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Karakurt (2) (@Karakurt) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Alchemist is the book which writtten by paulo Coelho.   it is a great book that to show what happened ıf you follow your dream 

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cmc2010 (1) (@caseychikuma) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

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silent-tortoise (0) (@silent-tortoise) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

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Tea (0) (@Teapants) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Little, Big by John Crowley was a life changing experience in reading fiction, as was House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I have never read another story told quite like either of those two, and I love the layers of story within story. 

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Jordan Bates (4,683)A (@bashfulkoala) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

great recommendations. been meaning to read House of Leaves for a while. will add Little, Big to my list

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Peg Futrell (0) (@pfutrell) 4 years, 5 months 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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Visor (2) (@Visor) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Sapiens, the brief history of Humankind – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens
Allowed me to get an idea of where I belong on the time axis of the life of my world. Without the knowledge of history, I just took for granted that I live during the peak of people’s development and everyone who lived before me are a part of the history.

Three-Body Trilogy – https://www.goodreads.com/series/189931-remembrance-of-earth-s-past
Opened my mind to speculations about the principles behind life of civilizations. Do aliens exist? What would the life of the Universe be like, if we assume our instance of life is far from unique in it? How would the values at the core of our world, like equality and democracy, change in the face of a possible end of the world? A bit dark, but captivating read.

Bloody Jack – https://www.goodreads.com/series/41931-bloody-jack
Allowed me to remember about the true values that at the end of the day make us happy: friendship, compassion, light-heartedness. Very warm book about friendship and adventures.

You do not need thick books with smart-sounding titles in order for them to teach you and change the course of your life!

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Jordan Bates (4,683)A (@bashfulkoala) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

great comment, thanks. i’m curious to know when you think the peak of human development occurred? i feel like it really is now 

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Dylan (0) (@Dylan-Davis) 4 years, 5 months ago ago

Sapiens is most definitely the most impactful book I have read to date. 

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AGNI (0) (@agniveshpalakkal) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Meditation – The First And Last Freedom

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Kurtis (1) (@Kurtis-Mark) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Pilgrim by Timothy Findley. It’s beautiful and devastating. Highly recommend. Seriously.

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seeker (2) (@mohittalele) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

As a man Thinketh …..its though provocating, crisp and each time yo read it you will develop and relate to your present life situation

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seeker (2) (@mohittalele) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

As a man Thinketh

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AMusoke (8) (@AMusoke) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Conversations with God by N.D.Walsh was a paradigm shift.

Dan Browns books are a wonderful mix of fact and fiction that’ll will encourage you to research stuffs; Da Vinci code well have you question mainstream Christianity. Lost Symbol Key will give you some insight to the freemasons. Inferno is just a great, thrilling read

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icyarm (1) (@[email protected]) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

IMHO “Conversations with God” starts out very good and by the time it reaches the second half it gradually proceeds to become a bit dull and loose out on it’s initial awesomeness.

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Chris (0) (@Chris45678) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

I would say, skippy dies by Paul Murray. Extravagantly entertaining… one of the great pleasures of this novel is how confidently Murray addresses such disparate topics as quantum physics, video games, early-twentieth-century mysticism, celebrity infatuation, drug dealing, Irish folklore and pornography. 

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ErnestMay (0) (@LucasVolini) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Most influential book I’ve read both personally and professionally is Escape from Evil by Ernest Becker. Becker was a cultural anthropologist that developed his own brand of philosophy grounded in the fundamental truth that all human motivation and behavior is dominantly influenced by our awareness of mortality. His most famous text, The Denial of Death was awarded the Pulitzer Prize but I find Escape from Evil to be his intellectual masterpiece. He verbally narrated the entire book as he laid on his death bed, resulting in a raw and authentic honesty that you can feel as the reader. This book identifies how man looked to the creation of cultural worldviews–comprised of myths, symbols, rituals, and epistemologies–to transcend death via symbolic and literal means of immortality. Through this creation of culture, however, man also created evil. Other than my primary favorite, the best book I’ve read in the last few years is Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene. 

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Jordan Bates (4,683)A (@bashfulkoala) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

spectacular comment, thanks. i’ll be looking into all three of those 

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smashedkitten (0) (@smashedkitten) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

I’ve had trouble keeping this book in my library because it needs to be shared. Recently placed a bulk order of used copies so that I’d have extra to give away. The plates are wonderful to have in a non-digital format. This book changed my life. Please enjoy! =D

Currently reading: When the Drummers Were Women by Layne Redmond and Tuning the Human Biofield By Eileen Day McKusick

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dany1024 (0) (@dany1024) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

The Alchemist by Paulo Colejo

Interesting and mysterious

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Seye (0) (@seye) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Mine is “The Power Of Now”. That book gets me thinking! Reminds me to stay awake! 

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Seeker (0) (@MattW) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

This Is It, Alan Watts. 

Watts was a genius speaker, writer, and philosopher who studied and taught about multiple religions, philosophies, psychedelic substances, etc. This book is a collection of a few of his papers. He beautifully explores many topics, the deeper of these he explains in simple examples. It truly helped me alittle further along the path to who I want to be

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AronG (1) (@AronGamman) 4 years, 5 months 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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astrojazz (2) (@astrojazz) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainier Maria Rilke has given me one of the most human experiences I’ve ever had, it left me humbled, reflective, inspired, and contemplative to many aspects of this life by witnessing the relationship between a young aspiring poet and his mentor (Rilke).  I’ve kept it close for the past several years and always find the wisdom I’m looking for when I open it again. 

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Jordan Bates (4,683)A (@bashfulkoala) 4 years, 6 months ago ago

YESSSSSSSSSSSS. this is one of my favorite books as well. Rilke was on another level

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