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Old 03-27-2013, 09:07 PM
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Default What are some life changing or thought provoking books you feel everyone should read?

think this is a great way to discover new great books! Add a small summary if you can (no spoilers please!)

Here are a few off my list, there are so many but just to get things started..

- The Book thief
By Markus Zusak


It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

- The Harry Potter series
By: JK Rowling


Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

- Cosmos
By: Carl Sagan


COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

- His Dark Materials
Phillip Pullman


In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands.

- Survivor: A Novel
Chuck Palahniuk

Tender Branson—last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into Flight 2039’s recorder. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah. Unpredictable and unforgettable, Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak: a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.

- The Giver
Lois Lowry


In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price

- Jane Eyre
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Jane Eyre is the story of a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan. Jane is abused by her aunt and cousin and then attends a harsh charity school. Through it all she remains strong and determinedly refuses to allow a cruel world to crush her independence or her strength of will. A masterful story of a woman's quest for freedom and love. Jane Eyre is partly autobiographical, and Charlotte Brontë filled it with social criticism and sinister Gothic elements. A must read for anyone wishing to celebrate the indomitable strength of will or encourage it in their growing children.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:31 PM
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Looking for Alaska by John Green
John Green is such an amazing person and I love all of his books. He was a way of writing young adult books that is magical and realistic. This book has been banned in several schools because of its graphic nature. However it is NOT a sex book, it is NOT a drug book, it not about any of those things. It's realistic. It also helps that John Green (and his brother, Hank) are awesome YouTubers. They are just simply lovely people.

This particular book is about a teenage guy going off to a boarding school. He meets some friends and his focus is on a girl, Alaska. Alaska and friends show him the ins and outs of being a teenager. The local smoking hole, what teachers suck, how to have awkward sexual moments, the works. Something happens to Alaska and the guy takes it upon himself to find out what. It's not a mystery. It's more of .... the guy discovering who he is. What it means to be a human, a teenager, love and loss.

It's really touching. It has some sexual references and one (extremely awkward) sex scene. It also has cursing in it. (It's a story about teenagers in boarding school....) But like a lot of famous young adult books, Green doesn't glorify any of these things. (Twilight..... )



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There are a ton really but this is the first the popped in my head

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver

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Nobody gets to cheat and say the bible either!

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looking for alaska by john green
john green is such an amazing person and i love all of his books. He was a way of writing young adult books that is magical and realistic. This book has been banned in several schools because of its graphic nature. However it is not a sex book, it is not a drug book, it not about any of those things. It's realistic. It also helps that john green (and his brother, hank) are awesome youtubers. They are just simply lovely people.

This particular book is about a teenage guy going off to a boarding school. He meets some friends and his focus is on a girl, alaska. Alaska and friends show him the ins and outs of being a teenager. The local smoking hole, what teachers suck, how to have awkward sexual moments, the works. Something happens to alaska and the guy takes it upon himself to find out what. It's not a mystery. It's more of .... The guy discovering who he is. What it means to be a human, a teenager, love and loss.

It's really touching. It has some sexual references and one (extremely awkward) sex scene. It also has cursing in it. (it's a story about teenagers in boarding school....) but like a lot of famous young adult books, green doesn't glorify any of these things. (twilight..... )



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On liberty by John Stuart Mill

Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, but don't waste your time trying to read the whole thing. skimming it will give you the important part.

The art of war by Sun Tzu

The Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation by SLA Marshall

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons
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Great thread idea - I haven't made the time to read as much as I would like to, and only recently started again (HEY KIM, be proud of me please). I'll definitely be looking up a few of these books to add to my ever growing list. I especially want to give Cosmos a try, I just love Carl Sagan.

My favorite book has to be The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I don't know about life changing, but it is an incredibly captivating book filled with intriguing and memorable thoughts.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green
John Green is such an amazing person and I love all of his books. He was a way of writing young adult books that is magical and realistic.
I really like John Green's books. Bought this for my younger sister for Christmas when she read The Fault In Our Stars and went crazy for it.



She recently bought Paper Towns and I'm looking forward to reading that as well. I haven't gotten the chance to read Looking For Alaska but would really like to.
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Nobody gets to cheat and say the bible either!

I'll get back to this.
I'm just going to say that I don't count that as a book anyone needs to read.

As far as books everyone should read at least once goes, Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" is definitely a must-read.
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I don't read a lot.

But books I've read that have stuck with me...

Cloud atlas. Bit mind boggling to begin with, but you soon get it! Very clever book.

The time travellers wife. Read this so many times. Then they made a film, that actually sticks quite close to the book. The book is better though.

I love Stephen king books. Love!
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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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