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Any book suggestion for someone who's... ?

Asked by GloomyArtist (50points) May 23rd, 2013

Does anyone have books suggestions for me to read? I’m someone who’s lost, i like to learn about life and humans being ( how they are, they interact, etc. ) Maybe something that could help me define myself,gain more discipline or help me find my passion. I love gaining more knowledge so if anyone have any suggestions, feel free to answer.

Thank you !

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Seek's avatar

Well, I can’t really help you define you, as I don’t really know you.

But I can list some books I like. Here are a few I like to recommend:

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I actually buy a copy every time I see one in the used book store, just so I can give it out to people.

The Brief History of the Dead by Ken Brockmeier. The reviews are mixed, but I really, really enjoyed this book. I stumbled upon it – literally – at the library, and didn’t put it down until I hit the back cover. I hope to find more books by this author soon.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis – Sci-fi and historical fiction combined. Thoroughly depressing. Really great read.

I can give you more, or different, if you like. All I’m really going off on here is your screen name. If you tell me more about yourself, and what you like, I can recommend others.

KNOWITALL's avatar

All the classics that most adults haven’t read. Especially Mark Twain and Thoreau (Walden’s Pond is phenomenal.)

RandomGirl's avatar

This might sound odd, but I’m reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. It was originally meant as juvenile literature, but I’m reading it as part of my “every book that a high schooler should read”. I like the observations that it makes about people, their personalities, and their shortcomings. Although you hardly notice you’re thinking about these things, since you’re thinking about the story and the plot. I also enjoy how it highlights the beauty of the seasons – the wonder and newness of spring, the joy of summer, the solitude and clarity of winter… Yes, it’s about riverside animals who wear suits and talk like Englishmen. But read it, and enjoy it. Think about it. It’s less than 200 pages, and it’s an introduction to thinking about literature in a way that you usually wouldn’t (outside of a test, that is).

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

We Were Soldiers Once, And Young, by Hal Moore would be a good book if you don’t mind books on warfare. Lord Of The Flies, I’m thinking by Golding, but I’ll check. Catcher In The Rye by J D Salinger might be interesting for you. Those could be a little disturbing so go easy with them.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Two Years Before the Mast by Dana, story of sailors in the early 1800’s going to California.

Sunny2's avatar

The Velveteen Rabbit. It’s a children’s book with a message more suited to adults because children haven’t usually lived long enough to appreciate it.
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starsofeight's avatar

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis; The Great Reflection by D. L. Herring

rexacoracofalipitorius's avatar

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a story about identity, philosophy, and a cross-country motorcycle trip. It’s entertaining and educational, as long as you don’t take the philosophy too seriously. Philosophy can make you crazy.
The Golden Bough is an ethnological exploration of magic. It explains the religious and ritual practices of various peoples around the world and how those practices can be shaped by natural events and psychology. It’s a lot more interesting than it sounds.
The Art of Memory is a history of mnemonics, covering the various tools people used to retain large volumes of information before the invention of print (and now, digital storage) made the ars mnemonica obsolete. If you were intrigued by Hannibal’s “memory castle” in the Thomas Harris books, then this book will tell you all about them.
If you haven’t read Thomas Harris, I don’t recommend him. Just go see the movie the Silence of the Lambs and ignore the books, they are poorly written and have only rudimentary plot.
You should also read Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein, if you haven’t yet, just because it’s fun.

Seek's avatar

Aw, I like the Hannibal books.

GloomyArtist's avatar

Thank you so much everyone for theses answers, I will gladly read all of those books and give you guys my feedback ( of course i wont be able to read them all in a week or even a month because of work and my studies, but eventually i will ) :)

Its really appreciated

Pachy's avatar

Kudos for your question and for your desire to increase your reading. Here is a terrific list, and Google can point you to others tailored to suit your tastes.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Short, sweet, and everything you need to know about life.

flutherother's avatar

Howl’s Moving Castle is very good. It is a sort of fairy story, the recommended reading for those who are lost and want to learn about life.

peridot's avatar

Satire is a great way to look at human qualities and foibles, especially ones that people generally don’t talk about in daily life. It also helps alleviate the heavy-headedness you can get from delving deeply into the human psyche. For this, I recommend Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Its stories are based in a fantasy-type world, but are really about this one. Plus there are lots of tongue-in-cheek hidden callbacks to existing works, like the excellent ones mentioned above. ;)

augustlan's avatar

To Kill a Mockingbird. Seriously. Atticus Finch is my role model, the very definition of a good human being.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Now Discover Your Strengths by Donald Clifton and Marcus Buckingham. The book, if bought new, comes with a code for taking an online assessment developed by Clifton and The Gallup Organization.

Our dept. and one other one went through the assessment and shared our results. It changed our lives. Not only did we have a better understanding of self, but about each other. We also started to find more ways for co-workers to work on projects that jazzed them.

I also asked my partner to take the assessment. We both have a better understanding on why we are the way that we are.

Adagio's avatar

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

I found this short book surprisingly moving, ideal reading for someone rediscovering themselves I would suggest. There is a wonderful, unabridged audio version read by Jeremy Irons, he reads beautifully.

antimatter's avatar

Welcome to fluther, look life does not make sense, so a good read should be “Hitch Hikers guide to the universe” Crazy and silly that’s all I can say.

Kardamom's avatar

Although it seems to be a book about rabbits, Watership Down by Richard Adams, is really about humanity. Plus you will learn a new language, and I don’t mean Klingon. I was enthralled by this book.

fundevogel's avatar

I’m tearing through House of Leaves now (if I had more willpower I’d only read it after dark in my bed with the wind howling). It’s not exactly an easy book to read but what I love is it’s so fractured and mad you can’t start at the beginning and read through to the end. You have consciously decide what to read and when. If you should skip ahead and when to go back. So far it requires five bookmarks and a sticky note.

It isn’t that it’s exposing the depths of my soul, but it’s utterly fascinating and leaves my mind turning over all sorts of fascinating riddles. And I really do like that it completely destroys the rigid front-to-back structure of books. I like the idea that book is not actually about the House but the men who devotes pages and pages of text composing it, that in describing the strange geometries of the house they define the boundaries of themselves.

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