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Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Violanthe, Jul 25, 2006.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Cosmos by Carl Sagan (and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in a close second)
Most every historical fiction reader should read Katherine by Anya Seton at least once! And then all the rest of her novels. I started studying western civ/history a whole lot more and haven't really stopped after reading about the 14th C in Katherine. Reading Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror afterwards really helped.
And ... every horror reader should read Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon - and then rest of his novels!
I always take my copy of The Da Vinci Code with me when I go hiking. Wrapping a t-shirt around it makes a passable pillow. Also, you never know when you might need some tinder or toilet paper; however, due to the bleaching agents present in the paper, I don't recommend using it for rolling papers.
Really? With all those plot holes, you'd think it would too spongy to hold someone's head up...?
Everyone should read one of Jane Austen's novels--especially Emma or Pride and Prejudice. Or both.
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. Revolutionary work.
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Goethe's Faust probably made one of the biggest impressions on me regarding the nature of humankind. It's been over a decade since I first read it and it is on my "TBRe-read" list (which currently only contains 4 books).
I would also recommend the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Though there are many different translations of it, I have enjoyed the two I have read.
I also think that anyone who deals with the public on a regular basis should read Harrington on Hold'em by Dan Harrington. Though the book is mostly about poker and odds (very helpful in life also), the part about reading your opponent and "putting them on a hand" gives a great way to read everyday people in everyday situations. My employees hate that I have read this book because they can no longer get away with a fib because I can "read" all of their "tells". Once you call someone out for telling a falsehood, they tend to just tell you the truth to save the embarrassment (or their jobs) of being caught, yet again, in a lie.
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