White Peach Jelly said 9 years, 6 months ago:

So, what’s your favourite book or books? If you don’t have an all-time favourite, you can simply post whichever book you really liked recently!

(◣_◢)Poet said 9 years, 6 months ago:

I should read a lot more, and my memory tends to suck when it comes to topics like this, lol. But let me see…

Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
The Poet by Michael Connelly
The Narrows by Michael Connelly
The Scarcrow by Michael Connelly
Crabbe’s Journey by William Bell
The Terra Papers by Robert Morning Sky

Then i like to read philosophy; various works by the following…
Locke – Of Identity and Diversity, his ideas on where our ideas come from
Hume – Of Personal Identity
Aristotle – Voluntary and Involuntary Actions, read his ideas on happiness and the good life
Hospers – Meaning and free Will
Nietzsche – Twilight of the Idols, God is Dead
Sartre – Freedom and Responsibility
Plato – The Ring of Gyges, Euthyphro, The Apology, The Myth of the Cave
Epicurus – The Pursuit of Pleasure
Hobbes – Read his ideas on people being selfish
Rand – The Virtues of Selfishness
Adam Smith – Read what he says on Compassion
Kant – Read up on his ideas of proving the existence of God through morality
Robert Kane – Through the Moral Maze
Robert C Solomon – Read anything he’s written on “Love.”
Beltrand Russell – The Value of Philosophy
MLK – Letter from Birmingham Jail
St. Augustine – Faith and Reason
St. Anselm – The Ontological Argument
St. Thosmas Aquinas – Whether God Exists
Paley – The Teological Argument
Kierkegaard – The Leap of Faith, Limits of Reason
Descartes – Meditations
Ryle – The Concept of Mind
George Berkeley – To Be is to Be Perceived
Diogenes of Sinope – browse about him, just to see what he’s about, fascinating dude.

White Peach Jelly said 9 years, 6 months ago:

That is one hell of a list! I wish my memory was half as good :)

(◣_◢)Poet said 9 years, 6 months ago:

I cheated with the philosophy. I had previously made that list for someone i was helping to read more philosophy, lol.

White Peach Jelly said 9 years, 6 months ago:

@poet Ahaha thanks for the honesty! I am myself interested in getting to know more about philosophy: during my school years I wasn’t lucky enough to get a good philosophy teacher so I never really got into it… what one book should I read to ease into it (if there’s such a thing as “easing into” philosophy..)?

(◣_◢)Poet said 9 years, 6 months ago:

@whitepeachjelly, there is a Philosophy book series that covers various subjects in reference to popular movies and tv shows. Perhaps one of your favorite shows or movies is one that is covered. For example they have Batman & Philosophy, House & Philosophy, and so on.

From my list, you can find most of that online to read for free and you can start with ” Beltrand Russell – The Value of Philosophy”

I took philosophy twice; the first time it bored me (which disappointed me because i was excited for it) and i lost interest, dropped the class. I took it again that same summer with a different professor and it was awesome. I can say it changed my life and i fell in love with philosophy. I even like to write it.

Deleted User said 9 years, 6 months ago:

A bunch of “cliche” ones but I love’em anyway:
“This Side of Paradise” by Scott Fitzgerald.
“The Catcher in the Rye”, “Nine Stories”, “Franny and Zooey” by JD Salinger.
“On the Road” by Kerouac.
“Everyman” and “The Ghost Writer” by Philip Roth.
“Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
“Dubliners” by James Joyce.
“A visit from the good squad” by Jennifer Eagan.
“The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman…

Lee said 9 years, 6 months ago:

my all time favorite book is the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

Betwixt said 9 years, 5 months ago:

All time favourite during my adolescent years was/is the Harry Potter series. As i got older i loved the Carpathian series by Christine Feehan and every once in a while if i can get my hands on it i like a good Jack Reacher story by Lee Child

Swifting said 9 years, 5 months ago:

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare
Wurthering Heights – Bronte
Once and Future King – T.H. White
History of the World in 6 Glasses – Tom Standage
The Arabian Nights – Sir Richard E Burton

Deleted User said 9 years, 5 months ago:

@shadow Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up with the characters in the story and I love the nostalgia that it gives me.

Completely Unsatisfied Optimist said 9 years, 5 months ago:

All Salinger definitely, Me Talk Pretty One day by David Sedaris, Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Ashley said 9 years, 5 months ago:

Hmmm Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzzane Collins, Revolution by Jennifer Donelly, Chasing Yesterday trilogy by Robin Wasserman and The Vampire Kisses Series (yes another one of those lol) by Ellen Schreiber and I think that’s it. Ellen Hopkins is usually amazing though if you’re into that stuff

Mallory said 9 years, 5 months ago:

My all time favorite book, HANDS DOWN is The Virgin Suicides. I also loved The Catcher in the Rye, The Bell Jar, Farenheit 451, and Animal Farm.

Chernobyl said 9 years, 5 months ago:

I wish sometimes I had more time to read in my life. I would have to say 1984 by George Orwell.