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7 Books That Changed The Way I See the World

One of my favorite things: when I read a book that transforms the way I see the world, or the way I see the possibilities of writing.

Another one of my favorite things: when I convince someone to read one of those books, and he or she loves it as much I do.

So keeping that in mind, here’s a short list of books that transformed the way I see the world. I could go on for pages, but here’s a start, and if you’re at your bookstore or the library, check these out…

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7 Books That Changed The Way I See the World

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  1. This is a terrific post–it really shows how brave you are, picking up books on topics that may not intially appeal to you. Most people don’t do that!I’m really intrigued by numbers 1 and 4. Thanks for some good suggestions.

  2. On the subjet of psychology: The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden.

  3. Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

  4. Plato’s Republic @19
    Bhagvadgita @20
    USAF PFE and Maunal of Couts Martial @24
    Sex, Ecology and Spirituality @ 40
    I AM THAT @ 45 After this book nothing else seems to matter.

  5. The Shack William P Young
    Newpointe 911 series Terri Blackstock
    Bipolar Disorder a guide for patients and families Francis Mark Mondimore
    An Unquiet Mind and Touched With Fire both by Kay Redfield Jamison

  6. I love that you included Understanding Comics as I agree wholeheartedly and wish everyone would read it! It BLEW MY MIND! And I’m not a big comic book reader either!

  7. Your top two are both fabulous! (prehaps the others are too, but I haven’t read them. I would also recommend Christopher Alexander’s latest series “The Nature of Order.” It builds on his earlier work, and is thus quite a bit denser than A Pattern Language, but very stimulating.

  8. I’m reading “The Waves” now! I am equally mind-blown by the style; it remains to be seen whether it becomes a personal favorite.

    All books change the way I see the world; that’s why I read. The ones that have had the most impact?

    John McPhee’s “Basin and Range”. I will never look at a road-cut the same way again.

    I’d also put McCloud’s “Understanding Comics” on my list.

    I can’t get some ideas from A. A. Attanasio’s “Radix” out of my mind, even though I haven’t read the book in 25 years. Specifically, the notion of perception as an event horizon.

    Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion”.

    I will definitely sample from your list: Thanks!



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