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Well, as the title suggests, I'm wondering about books that have changed/influenced you in any way. Whether it be in the way you think of how you feel, or in any other way. So post away.

I'll start with mine. It's Cien Años de Soledad (100 Years of Solitude) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It enticed me from the first line in the book. And the fluidity in relation to time sort of helped me see what I would like to see of myself in the future. That and it's incredible book. Although like any other novel, reading in the original the best thing to do (if you understand the language that is.)
The clock strikes midnight
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The moon is at its highest
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#2
The Bible.


lol nah.

I've never really been changed by a book tbh.

EDIT: Although I haven't read it, Fight Club the movie had a lot of interesting philosohy in it. I've been trying to get a of of the book.
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#4
Catcher in the Rye
Great Gatsby

Gatsby believed in the green light. The orgastic future that year by year receedes before us. It eluded us then but that's no matter. Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out farther, and one fine morning.

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaslessly into the past.
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#7
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Series (I have the whole thing in a single book, so it's pretty much one book for me)

2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey Two

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

They all sort of changed the way I look at pretty much everything.
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#8
I actually think the animated version of the book is better. Its just so simple and personal. Just like childhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TZCP6OqRlE

I can't help but just break down whenever I think of that book. It taught me that I won't be young forever and that life will never be perfect.
#9
Both "The Spinal Cord Perception" and "Nevada" by Joshua S. Porter.

TSCP is part horror/slasher novel, part psycological thriller, part love story. Freakin amazing, and with a great message of breaking the fight with inner demons.

Nevada is a book about demons coming to earth as dinosaurs in present day time period, with the devil being a huge oviraptor who takes patriotism to the extreme and teaches Americans to live lives of total selfishness and to take all that there is to be taken, yadayadayada, with book including a Christian message of finding how to forgive those who tresspass.

Who would have thought that a Christian novel could be so extremely horrific, gory, sexually explicit, and nightmare inducing. But it's easily the best book I've ever read.
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Well, as the title suggests, I'm wondering about books that have changed/influenced you in any way. Whether it be in the way you think of how you feel, or in any other way. So post away.

I'll start with mine. It's Cien Años de Soledad (100 Years of Solitude) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It enticed me from the first line in the book. And the fluidity in relation to time sort of helped me see what I would like to see of myself in the future. That and it's incredible book. Although like any other novel, reading in the original the best thing to do (if you understand the language that is.)


I just read that book for a class this semester. Really enjoyed it. Colonel Aureliano was my favorite character.

Also in the class, I read The Fall by Albert Camus. Simply amazing.
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EDIT: Although I haven't read it, Fight Club the movie had a lot of interesting philosohy in it. I've been trying to get a of of the book.


Dear God, find the book. Between the book and the movie, my whole outlook on life has been changed.
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I don't see how Catcher in the Rye can really change anybody.


I absolutely loved the book, but honestly it made me not want to change.

I don't know, I also had a different interpretation than other people that i've discussed the book with.
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Catcher In the Rye definitely showed me the benefit (and now, novelty) in innocence. Very influential for me.
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#17
Slaughter house- five. Just look at things differently really, not too life changing. The Great Gatsby just made me love poetic writing haha
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#18
Animal Farm, by George Orwell because it was the first book I really enjoyed and paid attention to while reading it. I had to read it for school in junior high, and it (along with my teacher) really got me interested in reading and writing, which definitely changed my life because I am no longer the lazy, video game obsessed kid who hated reading that I used to be. Also, it probably led to my questioning religion and taking a much more open minded look at the world. Also, it set me up for the path of reading 1984 and I could argue that it even set me up for the path that I took towards the more left wing views I have now and probably even set me up for reading Marx. I probably wouldn't have been interested to read the Communist Manifesto if it wasn't for George Orwell. That being said...

1984, by George Orwell because it is my favorite book of all time. I've read it twice. It also probably led to my questioning of religion and established order in my life (I've been raised in the Roman Catholic church my whole life). It also opened my mind to sexuality and made me not as afraid of sex as I was beforehand. Also, it led me to read more Orwell and even get into Karl Marx and socialism.

The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx because it pretty much propelled me into my current socialist beliefs and my love for Marx's writing and facial hair . Also, I rather enjoy the 19th century romantic style in which he wrote it.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee because it led to more questioning of established order and feelings towards different groups of people and discrimination.

Cell, by Stephen King because it was the first book by him that I ever finished and it further strengthened my love for reading and my desire to become an author myself. It was also a pretty good story and it set me up for my love of horror that I had for about 3 years. I haven't read anything by King in a long time, but I used to love his books and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am now.
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To all the Catcher In The Rye people I suggest reading all of the Glass family stories that JD Salinger also wrote. The final one "Nice Day For Bananafish" was absolutely devastating.

However, you really should read the others in the series to really get an idea of who Francis is. Or not, maybe you would still be effected even without reading them.
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I can pretty much not read ayny books and enjoy them, for being so inferior to the epicness that is.
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#21
Call of Cthulhu

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#22
1984 by Goerge Orwell.
Watchmen. This book blew my mind the first time I read it.
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#23
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Dear God, find the book. Between the book and the movie, my whole outlook on life has been changed.

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#24
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn


It isn't perfect, but it will definitely change how you look at American history.
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I can pretty much not read ayny books and enjoy them, for being so inferior to the epicness that is.


Go read A Song of Ice and Fire.

DO IT.
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Flatland kind of changed me by making me wonder a lot more about the universe, it's a great book, I recommend it to anyone.
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Lord of the Flies - I don't like this book, but it taught me that over-analyzing literature in high school English classes is incredibly boring and useless.
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Lord of the Flies - I don't like this book, but it taught me that over-analyzing literature in high school English classes is incredibly boring and useless.



That book was incredibly boring. The message behind it made sense and was interesting, but I didn't like the book at all. Is it a good piece of literature? Of course it is. It's not the best story though.

To each his own.
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the ovrtly sexual overtones during the pig kill scene thing made me laffffffffffffffffffffffff and lafffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
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That book was incredibly boring. The message behind it made sense and was interesting, but I didn't like the book at all. Is it a good piece of literature? Of course it is. It's not the best story though.

To each his own.

Yeah, I'm sure I would've enjoyed it if I read it on my own time, but I had to study it in grade 8 and 9. And when you factor in irritating teachers, silly in-class assignments, and little weekly quizzes, on the same book two years in a row... well, you can do the math.
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Yeah, I'm sure I would've enjoyed it if I read it on my own time, but I had to study it in grade 8 and 9. And when you factor in irritating teachers, silly in-class assignments, and little weekly quizzes, on the same book two years in a row... well, you can do the math.

We did it this year (10th grade). Of course my care for school has significantly decreased this year, which might have something to do with my dislike of it.
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#36
The Catcher in the Rye. Where is innocence nowadays? Everyone wants to grow and be an adult as fast as possible. This book shows just how wrong you are.
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#38
Dao De Ching: introduced me to Daoism, which forms the basis for my personal philosophy.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: first philosophy book I read, and completely blew my mind. Also very influential in my current personal philosophy.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: semi-autobiography and semi-stream of consciousness, and it completely changed my perception of literature and art in general.
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#39
1984 and A Clockwork Orange.

I liked the Catcher in the Rye, and I could see myself in Holden a lot, and I really liked the book nd all, but it didn't really change my life.
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The Anti-Christ
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