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Old 09-08-08, 09:48 AM   #1
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Top three books that changed your life

1984 - Orwell
Lord of the Flies - Golding
Brave New World - Huxley

If I had to distill it to three, probably these changed my way of thinking the most.
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Brave New World seemed waay overrated when I finally read it.

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Anthem - Ayn Rand
The Great Divorce - CS Lewis
1984 - George Orwell
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Hammer of The Gods
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Hammer of The Gods
Playboy
Wow, what a combo!
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Hammer of The Gods
Playboy
Quite the diverse reading list.
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Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel Dennett
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The M*********a Growers Gide-Mel Frank and Ed Rosenthal
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance-Robert M. Pirsig
Fear and Loathing-On the Campaign Trail '72 Hunter S Thompson

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Lord of the Flies - Golding +1
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
HTML: The Definitive Guide - O'Reilly (no srlsy)
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Lord of the Rings/Hobbit - Really struck a cord with me in grade 3 when I started it. It definitely created some direction into all future reading
Issac Asimov - Foundation series
Timothy Leary - change your brain - came at a time in my life when I hated life. Difficult read though, as he moved through the book you can tell he does more and more drugs...becomes almost babble by the end.

I could go on with all the IT text books I have read, as they have all had a direct or indirect influence on my life. But those above are the first influences.
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Not in my top 3, but if I expand to top 5 or 10 that would definitely make it in too. That's book is definitely a mind trip.
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Old 09-08-08, 11:30 AM   #13
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Three books. You gotta be kidding.
It's not about the Bike,
The Prophet
Home from Nowhere.
People's History of the United States
Columbia History of the World.
Labor's Untold Story'
Immortal Poems of the English Language.
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I could go on with all the IT text books I have read, as they have all had a direct or indirect influence on my life. But those above are the first influences.
ha, ditto. when i was 14 I asked my dad how to make a website, he gave me a book- pretty much shaped everything from then.
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AC43.13 1B, 2A

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The Millionaire Next Door

Together, these books inspired me to start my own business.
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Bringing Down The House
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How great? Kinda good, or really moving and fantastic?

Just curious because Eckhart Tolle has been on my "round tuit" list ever since Dr. Pete raved about being impressed with "A New Earth".
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Anthem - Ayn Rand
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The five people you meet in heaven - Mitch Albom
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Actually, I read that book because of all the stigma associated with it and wasn't nearly as impressed as I thought I was going to be.
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The list is WAAAAAAAY more than three books, but here's the first three that come to mind

Garth Nix-Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen)
Okay I'm cheating--it's three books. I was inspired to compose a suite about the Nine Bright Shiners because of them, and it has been my pet project for over a year now (I'm constantly revising as I find new aspects of their personalities with every re-read of the books. Plus I still can't get the right catty theme for Mogget).

Arthur C. Clarke-Rendezvous with Rama
This basically was the first sci-fi nover I ever read, and I fell in love with it so much that now I'm a total geek reading everyone from Asimov to Zelazny.

My intro to psych book
I was bullied into taking up nursing by my mom, but then I took an intro to psych class and found out that THIS is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

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Ayn Rand-The Virtue of Selfishness
Taught me that I shouldn't be totally self-sacrificing--I learned to put my needs first, or else I will not be able to take care of anyone else's.
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Anthem - Ayn Rand
Yea! Another Anthem lover. Not only moving, but my favorite book of all-time.
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