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I need to find a good book.

Asked by livestrong (213points) July 4th, 2011

I recently graduated college and passed my NCLEX, until I find a job I have alot of time on my hands. For the first time in 4 years I can read for fun. I was wondering if anyone knew of any amazing books? I’m really looking for an inspirational book, maybe about how to live a happier life or enjoy life more. If not- just any really good books that someone has read. Thank you:)

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dappled_leaves's avatar

What was the last book that you read and really loved? That would make it easier to suggest something for you.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

In addition to the above question, are you more interested in fiction or non-fiction?

TexasDude's avatar

The Way of the Sufi by Idries Shah

jlelandg's avatar

Catch 22 is pretty good.

atlantis's avatar

Books I have enjoyed so far:

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Listening to Grasshoppers – Arundhati Roy
Rogue States – Noam Chomsky
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
War of Art – Steven Pressfield
The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
Alexander The Great’s Art of Strategy – Partha Bose
The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
The Old Man and The Sea – Earnest Hemingway
Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith
The Greatest Show on Earth – Richard Dawkins
The Qur’anic Phenomenon – Bennabi
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon
History of Western Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawkings

funkdaddy's avatar

Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Amazon) is good stuff and seems to fit the bill. My wife’s grandma gave me a copy and I really enjoyed it.

was going to suggest The Old Man and the Sea as well… not exactly feel good, but leaves you with a feeling of what’s important and is a quick read

If you’re looking for inspiration and instruction, As a Man Thinketh is old scool, a little religious, but makes you think how we get where we are and the small changes we can make to be who we want to be.

I don’t think I could make that sound any cornier, but that’s what it’s about and I think because it’s from a different time it seemed to cut through a lot of the similarities that most inspirational stories have now. It’s also 40 pages, and an hour or two of reading. Well worth the time even if you just get one idea.

Congrats on the NCLEX and good luck with nursing

augustlan's avatar

Water for Elephants (Fiction)

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book ever, and East of Eden is way up there, too, so I think you’ll like this one.

livestrong's avatar

@dappled_leaves I honestly don’t remember the last book that I enjoyed the only thing I’ve been reading for the past 4 years is Nursing books. haha but I think one book I really liked was My Sisters Keeper or The 5 People You Meet in Heaven.

@Pied_Pfeffer- I really enjoy both.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions.

mazingerz88's avatar

Tuesdays with Morrie might be a good idea.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thanks @livestrong. In that case, I cast a 3rd vote for To Kill a Mockinbird. Another one is A Town Like Alice.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, I found that book strangely inspirational. Someone on Fluther recommended it on a similar thread to this a few months ago and I am so glad they did as I had never heard of it. I consider me recommending it to you is “paying it forward”!!!

Cruiser's avatar

Blink by Malcom Gladwell

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