This isn't a recommendation thread, but I wanna know what are some books that have heavily influenced your lives and why or how. No mangas/manhwas allowed. I think mine is Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, for well... opening my eyes a bit wider. Second to that is probably Elie Wiesel's Night, since it started my thought process about religion and the state of the world.
I like to die with the songs I love stuck in my head. I hope to make the most of these hollow bones we become.
I raise a toast to the the souls that sang all along. I've been gathering friends to just to make some sounds,
before the ship goes down, I've been making amends by making the rounds before the whole world ends
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Mine would probably be Matthew Andrews 'How to come off as straight'.
Kite Runner, Crime and Punishment, and there are others.
George Orwell, Animal Farm. I heard of this book a long time ago and though it was a kiddy thing, from the title. ^^;; However, it was the first dystopian-society novel I ever read, and it was excellently written and developed my interest not only in other dystopian society stories, but also in politics and the ethics of that kind of thing in general.
Also, the infamous The Wheel of Time series, for teaching me just how detailed the research for excellent writing needs to me. Along with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, it never made me question the research that goes into a story, or the mechanics of a story.
Finally, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell - I've read this book so many times (the first when I was about ten) and it was one of the first books I've read that was nonfiction, and not related to history. Not only did it have an interesting message, it opened my eyes to more books in its style and topic.
That book made me feel so bad.
The Shipping News.
That book changed my life.
YOU CANNOT READ AN ENTIRE BOOK OVERNIGHT.
.........I have. I've read Harry Potter Books in 12hours (Just cannot put down books happen)
Tadd Williams, A Song of Ice and Fire Series. Just wow'ed me. It was majestic and rather realistic about war and life while still being a fantasy to the core.
Nicolo Machiavelli's 'The Prince', it'll make you think beyond any war and era and government to the people behind them and what they should be and shouldn't be. Basically a foundation for how I now regard government.
Harry Potter is cakewalk. I read them under 6 hours now.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I have to read it again.