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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #100 on: May 21, 2017, 11:53:50 AM »
Self Improvement: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
I just searched my library for the audio book of this. It returned just one title as relevant: Sexy Forever by Suzanne Somers. What do you all think - close enough?


LOL!  The two are almost interchangeable.  ;)

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #101 on: January 12, 2018, 01:11:43 PM »
This thread has been an absolute gold mine for book recommendations.

The best book I read last year was Farm by Richard Rhodes.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2018, 01:14:38 PM »
Self Improvement: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
I just searched my library for the audio book of this. It returned just one title as relevant: Sexy Forever by Suzanne Somers. What do you all think - close enough?

LOL!!!

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #103 on: February 09, 2018, 08:14:09 PM »
Self Improvement: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
I just searched my library for the audio book of this. It returned just one title as relevant: Sexy Forever by Suzanne Somers. What do you all think - close enough?


LOL!  The two are almost interchangeable.  ;)

Yeah, screw stoic joy, I didn't know there was an option to just be sexy forever instead...sign me up!!!!!

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #104 on: April 30, 2018, 10:24:58 AM »
1. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
2. Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Particularly the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglass Adams
3. One Second After, by William Forstchen


All very different from each other but of all the reading I have done, these 3 were the hardest to put down and the most memorable.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #105 on: May 02, 2018, 06:12:54 AM »
One book I have not seen mentioned here: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2018, 11:51:46 AM »
Fiction:
#A timeless tale with mustachian theme and pitfalls.  Won a Pulitzer for a reason.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Self Help:
#This is the book that got me started in systematically being a better person.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Non-Fiction:
#Bill Gates lists this as his favorite book of all time.  I think it should be mandatory reading and is the perfect antidote to the 24-hr news cycle induced stress.
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2018, 12:02:39 PM »
One of my favorite books ever- Seven Summits by Dick Bass (and Rick Ridgeway).
Great for arm chair mountaineers.

Talk about being able to have FU money to do what you want.  I read it in 9th grade, and have read it probably 20 or more times since then.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #108 on: May 08, 2018, 06:46:46 PM »
Great thread, gang!

The Sparrow, by Maria Doria Russell.  It's about what happens if the first response to extraterrestrial communication is a space mission by Jesuits who attempt to visit the ETs' planet.  Hauntingly told.

On a deeper level, the novel explores the unintended disasters available when two cultures meet each other.  I'm not religious, but found the subtle spiritual speculations in the book to be fascinating as well.  My ex who mediates between cultures for a living said it was the best book on the topic she'd ever read.  My ex is gone, but her recommendation was superb.
A bit of preamble: Over the last year and a half I have been using Goodreads because I really like that I can drop a book onto my "to read" list any time I see an interesting recommendation and then just scroll through the list when I have finished or given up on the last round of books ordered from the library. The MMM forums, especially this thread, have been a good source of book recommendations; I just check through this subforum and a handful of other threads and drop anything intriguing onto my Goodreads list. I've found a few duds here and there, along with a big pile of good reads.

The Sparrow and its sequel Children of God are easily the best two books I've found here. Mad props to Bicycle_B for the recommendation. I finished Children of God on Saturday, not even 36 hours after I got to the front of the library's hold queue. I'm currently weighing whether I reread them both right now, start to finish, or if I give it a few weeks' time to let things settle. These books are everything first contact books like Speaker for the Dead could be if their authors really understood human beings, and it's hard to think of another book covering the same topics that doesn't pale in comparison. Seriously, go read The Sparrow.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #109 on: May 09, 2018, 06:03:04 PM »
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #110 on: May 10, 2018, 04:47:40 PM »
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Yup - great book.  I've liked all the books I've read by him.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #111 on: May 28, 2018, 10:07:02 AM »
Not sure Iíd say itís the best ever, but one I really enjoyed and havenít seen here is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Itís not that the philosophical ideas were new, but the way of exploring them and weaving them into the narrative is excellent.

Itís a book Iím glad I read in my late 20s instead of high school or even college. I donít think I would have really understood it back then, or had the patience to see where it was going.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #112 on: September 23, 2018, 03:27:27 PM »
Canadian authoress Louise Penny is my favorite.

Her novels are set in Quebec and feature the provinceís Chief of Homicide. 
Gamache is an unusual detective in the genre - he is highly intelligent, he listens, he loves literature, and he adores his wife and children.  The writing and plots are top notch. Action scenes are terrific.  Plots always contain surprises.  Character development is wonderful.

Read the oldest book first, then in order.  The stories are all stand-alone but characters develop over the series.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #113 on: September 23, 2018, 03:39:37 PM »
All time best I've ever read, definitely LOTR Trilogy. There are no books that compare in my mind, no books that were a bigger part of my life than those. I've re-read them countless times, and I learn/discover something new each time!

Besides LOTR, I love anything Barbara Kingsolver has written, especially Animal Dreams, and Bean Trees.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #114 on: October 02, 2018, 01:57:35 PM »
Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #115 on: October 02, 2018, 06:56:34 PM »
Really? That's been on my to read list for a long time. What made it so impactful?

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« Reply #116 on: October 02, 2018, 07:57:53 PM »
Really? That's been on my to read list for a long time. What made it so impactful?
I remember one passage where he's describing a master plumber explaining why you have to vent a toilet properly, because if you do it wrong, "the house will smell of shit."

There's something about seeing the real, tangible, and lasting effects of the work that you do every day that's basically what we, as humans, expect, but those of us who live a meaningless, paper-pushing white-collar existence don't ever feel it. So it's like we're missing something and we don't even know what it is.

He tells the story and makes the point very well. That we ought to MAKE things, because we're unhappy if we don't. It's a very compelling book.

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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #117 on: October 02, 2018, 08:03:51 PM »
Happy to see Cloud Atlas got a few mentions already - it is one of my favorite reads just because it hits so many genres and is a really gorgeous book.

My all-time favorite, re-read every year book is Possession by A.S. Byatt. If I could only choose one book for the rest of my life, that would be it.

Honorable mentions: Cloud Atlas, Katherine (or Dragonwyck) by Anya Seton, or Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters (Poetry but tells a story).

mountain mustache - Kinsgolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle is one I re-read often!
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Re: Best book you've ever read? Book recommendations?
« Reply #118 on: October 19, 2018, 02:49:00 PM »
Fiction:
#A timeless tale with mustachian theme and pitfalls.  Won a Pulitzer for a reason.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Self Help:
#This is the book that got me started in systematically being a better person.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Non-Fiction:
#Bill Gates lists this as his favorite book of all time.  I think it should be mandatory reading and is the perfect antidote to the 24-hr news cycle induced stress.
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

Just finished listening to Enlightenment Now on audiobook.  I agree - it was worth every moment spent listening to it.