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Title: What books have changed your life?
Post by: solon on February 14, 2016, 04:34:15 PM
Has a book ever changed your life? I'm 43 years old and I read about 30 books per year. And in all the books I've read, I can count on one hand the books that have changed my life. I mean literally, caused me to change the way I do something. I thought I might get fellow MMMers opinions on really great books in our lives.

To break the ice, I'll mention Your Money or Your Life. This book changed my thinking about money from something that I wish I had more of, to a tool that I can use to accomplish great things. It also changed how I track money and progress toward any goal. I recommend it so highly that I gave it as a Christmas present to everyone close to me. If you're looking for a great personal finance book, you probably can't do better than Your Money or Your Life.

Next?
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Post by: Kris on February 14, 2016, 04:41:54 PM
God, so many. But when I was a very young girl, around 12, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn was probably the first to shake everything up in my head.
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Post by: GrowingTheGreen on February 14, 2016, 06:58:34 PM
The Millionaire Mind by Stanley.  That book inspired me to start my blog and just go BIG in general.  Nobody ever got anywhere without taking a risk.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2016, 07:21:03 PM
Ooooh, excellent topic. I'll mull it over and let you know what my brain spits out.
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Post by: rageth on February 14, 2016, 07:23:27 PM
Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes.  I get something new out of it every time I read it.  Most recently it gave me: Even if everyone says that you're crazy or that you can't do something, you're damn right you can.  Everyone laughs and rolls their eyes when I say that I'm retiring in 2035 at age 50.
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Post by: BeHere on February 14, 2016, 07:52:46 PM
A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 14, 2016, 07:57:30 PM
"Simple Living Guide" by Janet Luehrs... hasn't aged well in parts, but still so significant to me
"Four Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferriss... even though I ended up being an employee anyway, and the side hustle game is not for me, it really helped develop my inclination to challenge assumptions
"Four Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss... the idea of "minimum effective dose" is a key concept I use in my life
"The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield... I get something new out of this every time I read it. The one I've been holding close lately is the idea, 'if something is irritating you, go and fix it right now... that small source of irritation is draining your attention and motivation more than you know'
"Nourishing Traditions" in all of its controversial glory. Completely changed the way I look at food, cooking, and eating

Those are the non-fiction that occur to me right now =)
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Post by: pbkmaine on February 14, 2016, 08:09:11 PM
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elegant, full of humor, and at the same time biting social commentary.
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Post by: Adventine on February 14, 2016, 08:33:48 PM
The Museum at Purgatory by Nick Bantock. I've always liked to read books but this was the first book I loved to read over and over again. I have an unreasonable attachment to it. Not sure how it "changed" my life according to your original question   , except to open my eyes to what is possible when one marries graphic art to textual art. I suppose you could say it unlocked my appreciation for a higher form of art, and thus a higher form of thinking and living.
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Post by: Roots&Wings on February 15, 2016, 07:58:07 AM
A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine

+1

Also, the Complete Extant Works of Epictetus (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GSRZTK?keywords=the%20complete%20extant%20works%20of%20epictetus&qid=1455548115&ref_=sr_1_fkmr1_2&sr=8-2-fkmr1), The Magic of Thinking Big (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0671646788?keywords=the%20magic%20of%20thinking%20big&qid=1455548145&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1), and Feeling Good (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0380810336?keywords=feeling%20good&qid=1455548101&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1).

And Eat to Live (http://smile.amazon.com/Eat-Live-Amazing-Nutrient-Rich-Sustained-ebook/dp/B0047Y175M/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455561594&sr=1-1&keywords=eat+to+live) 3 years ago. Have more energy and fit back into clothes from high school which seemed impossible post-30.
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Post by: shadowmoss on February 15, 2016, 08:26:22 AM
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran - recommended by my small town librarian when I was about 12 yo.  Opened my eyes that there was a world with a different way of thinking outside of my small town.

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

Your Money or Your Life - Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
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Post by: LindseyS on February 15, 2016, 08:34:11 AM
Smart Money, Smart Kids.  I randomly picked this book up from the library during the Summer of 2014.  I thought I might learn something that I could teach my kids, but the section on debt really opened my eyes - I had never really thought about having a mortgage as debt prior to reading that book.  My husband and I decided to start a budget, cut back on spending, pay off our mortgage and the rest is history.

Eating Animals by Jonathan Saffran Foer

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof.

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Post by: Midcenturymater on February 15, 2016, 08:40:33 AM
When I was 19 The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan millman was recommended to me. it really helped me to understand our tendency to not be in the moment and that was a lesson to me at the time.

I enjoyed learning about stoicism and pragmatism during my degree and enjoyed stuff by Augustine I remember at the time. That was heaven 4 years I.  Philosophy and theology library. I knew it at the time and favoured every moment of it....so many of those writings enriched me but can't think of specifics now I am exhausted by child rearing .)
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Post by: Nickels Dimes Quarters on February 15, 2016, 08:47:43 AM
Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I didn't care for the "story" so much as the concept of assets and liabilities. Thinking about your primary residence as a liability was a real eye-opener for me. This was the first book I read that planted the seeds for creating lifestyle, not just managing money.

NDQ
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 15, 2016, 08:49:05 AM
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran - recommended by my small town librarian when I was about 12 yo.  Opened my eyes that there was a world with a different way of thinking outside of my small town.

+1 Can't believe I forgot the Prophet! We had a section as the reading at our wedding. I knew I would have that as a reading before I even knew who the husband would be! ;)
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Post by: dontwannaworkforever on February 19, 2016, 03:43:28 AM
One up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch

This book lead me to become real interested in investing. Then I read the Warren Buffett Way. Then I started a degree in Finance (which I'm almost done) and then found out about FIRE and now I'm here with an ultimate life goal and a dream to work towards everyday :)
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Post by: patrat on February 19, 2016, 08:12:31 AM
The Walking Drum, by Louis L'amour.

Fiction set in medieval europe, rather than his standby of old west.

The main character loses all material possessions and social status, over and over. But, always perseveres and becomes stronger for it.
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Post by: NotJen on February 19, 2016, 08:34:21 AM
The Power of Habit immediately comes to mind. I should probably re-read to help change some of my social habits...

The Omnivore's Dilemma changed the way I eat (which is more expensively, because I can afford it for now).

I'd have to think longer on any fictional books that might have changed my life.
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Post by: 2Birds1Stone on February 19, 2016, 08:37:03 AM
The Rational Male - Rollo Tomassi
48 Laws Of Power - Robert Greene
How to Win Friends And Influence People - Dale Carnegie
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Post by: frances on February 19, 2016, 11:34:18 AM
Cunt by Inga Muscio (especially because I read it at age 19 or so)

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Post by: edmundblackadder on February 19, 2016, 12:11:02 PM
Joanna Russ's How to Suppress Women's Writing.
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Post by: chops on February 19, 2016, 02:32:52 PM
Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk

Mind blowing on a lot of different levels, but as it relates to Mustachianism, it was the first time I had read about how bad consumerism is and how it can suck the soul out of you if you let it

I really had been blind to the fact that we live in such a consumerist society before then and was on auto-pilot to follow the standard American Consumer Script

And after all, isn't MMM really Tyler Durden in disguise, what with the fighting ("punch to the face") disdain for status symbols ("you are not the car you drive") and appreciation for swearing ("you are not your fucking khakis,") and all...:)

- Chops

 
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Post by: RExplorer on February 19, 2016, 03:59:59 PM
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.  I'm a recovering perfectionist :)
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Post by: Lyssa on February 20, 2016, 05:39:25 AM
'Into the silent land' by a neurosurgeon and 'The selfish gene' by Richard Dawkins. While having been a 'natural atheist' for as long as I can remember, those two books have forever deepened and changed my understanding of myself as a biological entity and the world around me. I found a strange serenity in understanding that there is no 'ghost in the machine' and no 'meaning of life' as commonly understood. Perhaps surprisingly for some or most this process has left me considerably more content and less afraid.
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Post by: SingleMomDebt on February 20, 2016, 08:22:10 AM
At Last A Life by Paul David

Practically saved my life. Preserved my sanity. I'd say thats life changing.
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Post by: vern on February 20, 2016, 11:39:04 AM
Orwell's 1984
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 20, 2016, 04:07:12 PM
Orwell's 1984

+1. I'll add Brave New World in there as well.
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Post by: Kriegsspiel on February 20, 2016, 06:47:26 PM
These are some books:

Animal Farm by Orwell
How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Browne
Gates Of Fire by Pressfield
Daemon and Freedom by Suarez
Salad Bar Beef and Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Salatin
When Corporations Rule The World by Korten
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Post by: Dicey on February 21, 2016, 10:04:13 AM
Following, and scribbling furiously...
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Post by: MountainFlower on February 23, 2016, 09:49:51 AM
Grain Brain has forever changed the way I eat. 
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Post by: CheapskateWife on February 23, 2016, 09:54:45 AM
Catch 22 was recommended to me by my Grandfather upon my announcement that I was joining the Army.  Could not have been a more valuable allegory on the insanity of my future plans.

My son is planning to enlist next year...he has my well worn copy.
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Post by: Stache-O-Lantern on February 23, 2016, 11:23:24 PM
I think the only book that substantively changed my life is Biology, 3rd edition, by Campbell.  A college textbook.  I started the course as GE credit, but found out i was really good at it, and ended up a biologist.
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Post by: FiveSigmas on February 24, 2016, 12:05:28 AM
Good idea for a thread! I'll throw a couple in:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance -- A FABULOUS book that delves into the meaning of quality and the relationship between humans and technology. It meanders freely between story and theory, and is a bit tough going at times, but I found it very rewarding.

A Random Walk Down Wallstreet -- My first introduction to index funds (you can get 90% of the thesis of the book just by reading Jim Collins' blog, but it didn't exist at the time).
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 24, 2016, 07:50:50 AM
I think the only book that substantively changed my life is Biology, 3rd edition, by Campbell.  A college textbook.  I started the course as GE credit, but found out i was really good at it, and ended up a biologist.

7th Ed. for me- part of why I love ferns =) See: user name and picture.
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Post by: ToughMother on February 24, 2016, 08:15:46 AM
The Good Life by Helen & Scott Nearing (http://www.amazon.com/The-Good-Life-Nearings-Self-Sufficient/dp/0805209700)
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Post by: KES on February 24, 2016, 07:22:25 PM
Most recently:

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani
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Post by: NonprofitER on February 25, 2016, 08:21:07 AM
In addition to many of the already-mentioned titles, I took a lot away from:

Nonfiction:
The Power of Positive Thinking
How to Talk to Anyone, by Leil Lowndes - super practical
Alan Watts, The Book - On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - (easily the most influential book I read on Eastern philosophy)
The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge - incredible understanding of how we can change our own neural pathways
Everything written by ethicist Peter Singer, including The Ethics of What We Eat (I'm not a vegan, but his arguments are excellent)
Everything written by Michel Foucault, if you are interested in ideas of power and knowledge/ poststructuralist/postmodernist theory and metaphors for societal institutions
There's also an excellent book capturing debate between Foucault and Noam Chomsky about human nature
The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism & Empathy in Everyday Life - by Alfie Kohn (ps, if you have kids, Alfie Kohn's other works have guided my parenting style significantly: Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason and Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars...)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I also really like David Brooks works, including Bobos in Paradise, On Paradise Drive, and the Social Animal. All are excellent reflections on American culture, written with intelligence and humor.  I re-read Bobos every time I need to reign in irrational spending on "practical" things and want a laugh.

Also, my husband and I have both really enjoyed reading John Gottman's works. Otherwise known as the only scientific study of marriage books out there. The Science of Trust was more meaty (in terms of outlining the research process) than some of his previous work, but we have read all of his books.

Finally, I just read The Other End of the Leash by animal behaviorlist Dr. Patricia McConnell, and it seriously changed the way I interact with dogs! Ha! So "changed my dog life".

Fiction:
We, by Yergeny Zamyatin (the lesser known predecessor to a Brave New World/1984/distopian novels)
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster - just excellent wordplay at its best and opens up creativity
The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene was just an excellent book covering raw human emotion


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Post by: Vilgan on February 25, 2016, 08:38:26 AM
Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk

Mind blowing on a lot of different levels, but as it relates to Mustachianism, it was the first time I had read about how bad consumerism is and how it can suck the soul out of you if you let it

I really had been blind to the fact that we live in such a consumerist society before then and was on auto-pilot to follow the standard American Consumer Script

And after all, isn't MMM really Tyler Durden in disguise, what with the fighting ("punch to the face") disdain for status symbols ("you are not the car you drive") and appreciation for swearing ("you are not your fucking khakis,") and all...:)

- Chops

+1 Fight Club for me. I encountered this (admittedly in movie form, but book would have worked as well) at a great time in my life. I was uncomfortable with how much money it seemed like my parents spent on things that didn't matter, but I had no real vision or idea of my own before Fight Club. Fight Club, for me, gave form to a lot of emotions/feelings about money and possessions that I had previously been unable to form into anything concrete and set me on the fairly frugal path that I've lived since. MMM was helpful with some strategies and giving an end goal to the savings, but Fight Club had the most influence on my financial worldview by far.

Two quotes that stuck with me:

"Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need."
"The things you own end up owning you"
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Post by: Sparafusile on February 25, 2016, 09:02:41 AM
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
Another vote for 1984 by Orwell
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

It's not quite what you meant, but the first book I ever wrote changed my life. I was contracted to write a technical book on a subject I wasn't entirely familiar with. 8 weeks and 600 pages later I was an expert at two new things. That job changed a lot about how I think about writing.
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Post by: BeanCounter on February 25, 2016, 09:17:16 AM
Love this thread!!
 
 - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. 
             It was a gift from a family friend when I was about 12. It gave me a glimpse into life 100 years ago, what it was like to be poor with little hope, yet be a child with a lot of hope. I have read it many times as an adult and I still think it is wonderful. Capturing the nuances of life.
-A Thousand Splendid Sons by Khaled Hosseini.
             This one I read as a young adult, newly married and working on my career. It blew my mind what other women have had to endure around the world. It really made me think about what it would be like to be trying to raise a child in a city at war, about how if we do not have a feeling of safety we have nothing.
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Post by: CATman on February 25, 2016, 11:15:24 PM
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This book changed my entire perspective on life. I end up re-reading it every now and then. After I'm done I'll always find someone to pass the copy onto hoping it does something for them. This is the book that opened my eyes to the fact that happiness comes from inside one's self and not from all the external forces acting upon us, no matter how great/small. Many people go to great lengths and through great suffering to find their happiness when we carry it inside ourselves the whole time.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 26, 2016, 09:10:37 AM
My library "To be read later" list is absurdly long now. Thank you guys! Especially NonprofitER, that was a LOT of good lookin' recs!
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Post by: Cookie78 on February 26, 2016, 10:29:44 AM
My library "To be read later" list is absurdly long now. Thank you guys! Especially NonprofitER, that was a LOT of good lookin' recs!

HO-LEE DAMN! +100 to this. Every time I check one of the three reading threads my for-later and on-hold lists just keeps getting longer. It's a lovely problem to have. Thanks for sharing!

I don't know if thy changed my life yet or not, but here are my contributions:

The Antidote
Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
By Burkeman, Oliver

The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph
By Holiday, Ryan
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Post by: whenwestartover on February 26, 2016, 10:36:14 PM
Great thread.

Wanted to add a few:

The Goal - I looooove this book.  It's about process improvement.  Kindof a business-y book.  I'm obsessed with it but I'm a total nerd about improving processes.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - forever changed my life; not the best book out of all of them and it has a lot of controversy surrounding it, but it definitely started shifting my thought patterns to being on the road to FI and getting out of the rat race.
Getting Things Done - amazing book...I just finished re-reading for the third time.  I re-read it once a year.  I am a task master.  I manage a household and have lots of things to do everyday.  This keeps me organized and sane.
How to Win Friends and Influence People - I've tried over and over again to like it.  It's like swallowing a spoonful of medicine.  It's boring as hell but the tips DO work if you apply them.  For instance, one of the tips is to smile.  Everywhere you go, just smile.  I tried this for a day.  Wow.  It had an amazing impact.  Try it.
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Post by: HenryDavid on February 27, 2016, 09:31:34 AM
Walden by Thoreau.
How to live in the woods, Bradford Angier.
Kurt Vonnegut--all.
Anybody's bike book, Tom Cuthbertson
Ursula K LeGuin--all.
Three ways of Asian Wisdom, Nancy Wilson Ross.
The Complete Walker, Colin Fletcher.
Bury my heart at wounded knee, Dee Brown.
The Bruce Trail Guidebook.
William Blake--Poetical Sketches, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Marriage of heaven and hell.
Zen and art of motorcycle maintenance.
Your money or your life.

Now let's start a thread on music that changed your life . . ..
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Post by: solon on February 27, 2016, 11:03:28 AM
Great thread.

Wanted to add a few:

The Goal - I looooove this book.  It's about process improvement.  Kindof a business-y book.  I'm obsessed with it but I'm a total nerd about improving processes.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - forever changed my life; not the best book out of all of them and it has a lot of controversy surrounding it, but it definitely started shifting my thought patterns to being on the road to FI and getting out of the rat race.
Getting Things Done - amazing book...I just finished re-reading for the third time.  I re-read it once a year.  I am a task master.  I manage a household and have lots of things to do everyday.  This keeps me organized and sane.
How to Win Friends and Influence People - I've tried over and over again to like it.  It's like swallowing a spoonful of medicine.  It's boring as hell but the tips DO work if you apply them.  For instance, one of the tips is to smile.  Everywhere you go, just smile.  I tried this for a day.  Wow.  It had an amazing impact.  Try it.

You think a lot like me. Getting Things Done is on my "changed my life" list.

I've read The Goal, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and How to Win friends. I learned something from all of them and I'm glad I read them.

Other books on my list would be:

Deep Work, by Cal Newport - This just came out, but it has already changed my life. It talks about the absolute necessity of uninterrupted, distraction-free work. It's important, we don't get enough of it, and if we got more of it we would be unstoppable. Highly Recommend.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel - a cross between a thinking man's guide and a practical how-to book. Malkiel is an academic, but applies his knowledge in real-world ways. It weeds through a lot of the BS out there. Highly Recommend.
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Post by: HenryDavid on February 27, 2016, 12:37:17 PM
Another one:
Diet for a small planet, Francis Moore Lappe
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Post by: yyc-phil on February 27, 2016, 02:11:22 PM
My list is long, but Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is the first that comes to my mind. This book has replaced Kerouac's classic On the Road on my must-read list.

Then most travel writings by Paul Théroux, particularly The Great Railway Bazaar.

More recently since being married with my DW who is Japanese, I've been reading a lot of Japanese short stories such as In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. My wife is even more frugal than I am and I am learning a lot from her about simplicity and traditional and modern Japanese philosophy.

And I always enjoy reading and re-reading essays by my favourite political commentator, the late Joe Bageant, whom I met briefly in Mexico before his death a few years ago.

http://coldtype.net/joe.html

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Post by: Kaspian on February 27, 2016, 03:51:20 PM
Ersh...  I'd like to lie and say something intellectual, like Fear and Trembling, but they were mostly the typical youth angsty ones:  Catcher in the Rye (no, I'm not a psycho--yet), On The Road, and The Favourite Game (Cohen).
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Post by: Astatine on February 27, 2016, 10:41:12 PM
Given that I live a lot of my life inside my head, I'm going to loosely interpret the OP as "books that changed how I think", not necessarily books that changed my behaviour or my life external to my head.

In no particular order:

Chaos by James Gleick
I read this more than 20 years ago and I *still* think about the concepts most days. Particularly the concepts of non-linear dynamics and quasi-stability in chaotic systems.

Jingo by Terry Pratchett (fantasy)
Plus all of the Nightwatchmen series. The theme of redemption made a big impact on me (helped heal some unnecessary shame that I had), plus Carrot was a great role-model for me when I was rebuilding myself after years of therapy/recovery from childhood abuse.

Families and how to survive them and Life and how to survive it by John Cleese and Robyn Skyyner
I've read literally several metres of self-help and recovery from child abuse books over the years, yet these two books are the ones I still think about most days. A few ideas are a bit outdated now, but it gave me a model of how dysfunctional families work and why people are the way they are. These two books have permanently shaped how I view people, relationships and countries/governments.

10 years ago, I would have included Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which I read around the same time as I read Chaos. But, I'm struggling to remember any of it now. I suspect I've replaced whatever concepts I gleaned from it with new and more evolved thinking.

I'm sure there are more books to add to my list; I just can't think of any right at the moment.
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Post by: arebelspy on February 28, 2016, 01:09:56 AM

10 years ago, I would have included Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which I read around the same time as I read Chaos. But, I'm struggling to remember any of it now. I suspect I've replaced whatever concepts I gleaned from it with new and more evolved thinking.

Or you've internalized them so much you now think they're part of you and no longer associate them with the book?

It's mostly ideas about the word quality.

Either way, if you would have rated it that highly, it's probably worth rereading a decade later, to see what (if anything) you get out of it now.  :)
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Post by: andystkilda on February 28, 2016, 05:05:37 PM
Not to do with finance at all but is somewhat in the vein of worrying less and living a happier life while parenting:
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan

I highly recommend it to all expecting or current parents, and as a gift to friends/family with young kids who seem a bit too stressed for their own good.
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Post by: solon on February 28, 2016, 06:32:56 PM
Not to do with finance at all but is somewhat in the vein of worrying less and living a happier life while parenting:
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan

I highly recommend it to all expecting or current parents, and as a gift to friends/family with young kids who seem a bit too stressed for their own good.

What an interesting sounding book! My wife and I are thinking of adopting multiples. I think I'll check this out.
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Post by: arebelspy on February 29, 2016, 12:37:35 AM
Not to do with finance at all but is somewhat in the vein of worrying less and living a happier life while parenting:
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan

I highly recommend it to all expecting or current parents, and as a gift to friends/family with young kids who seem a bit too stressed for their own good.

Downloaded, thanks!
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Post by: goatmom on February 29, 2016, 06:57:06 PM
In addition to many of the already-mentioned titles, I took a lot away from:

Nonfiction:
The Power of Positive Thinking
How to Talk to Anyone, by Leil Lowndes - super practical
Alan Watts, The Book - On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - (easily the most influential book I read on Eastern philosophy)
The Brain that Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge - incredible understanding of how we can change our own neural pathways
Everything written by ethicist Peter Singer, including The Ethics of What We Eat (I'm not a vegan, but his arguments are excellent)
Everything written by Michel Foucault, if you are interested in ideas of power and knowledge/ poststructuralist/postmodernist theory and metaphors for societal institutions
There's also an excellent book capturing debate between Foucault and Noam Chomsky about human nature
The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism & Empathy in Everyday Life - by Alfie Kohn (ps, if you have kids, Alfie Kohn's other works have guided my parenting style significantly: Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason and Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars...)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I also really like David Brooks works, including Bobos in Paradise, On Paradise Drive, and the Social Animal. All are excellent reflections on American culture, written with intelligence and humor.  I re-read Bobos every time I need to reign in irrational spending on "practical" things and want a laugh.

Also, my husband and I have both really enjoyed reading John Gottman's works. Otherwise known as the only scientific study of marriage books out there. The Science of Trust was more meaty (in terms of outlining the research process) than some of his previous work, but we have read all of his books.

Finally, I just read The Other End of the Leash by animal behaviorlist Dr. Patricia McConnell, and it seriously changed the way I interact with dogs! Ha! So "changed my dog life".

Fiction:
We, by Yergeny Zamyatin (the lesser known predecessor to a Brave New World/1984/distopian novels)
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster - just excellent wordplay at its best and opens up creativity
The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene was just an excellent book covering raw human emotion


The End of the Affair - If you have the opportunity to listen to this read by Colin Firth on Audible - Absolutely breathtaking.
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Post by: the cheapining on February 29, 2016, 08:54:28 PM
book of five rings    /living with passion and learning with exelence 
riches man in Babylon  /paying yourself 1st
the wrath of grapes / motivation to work hard
millionaire next door /f@#ck the Jones's and retirement is possible
every book wrote by Aldos Huxley

Title: Re: What books have changed your life?
Post by: Susan on March 01, 2016, 02:30:17 AM
Great thread! I'll also be adding books to my library list. I liked the Dutch version of YMYL, but not sure if it really changed my life as I read it after I found MMM (which was a life changer!).
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Post by: saving_dutchman on March 01, 2016, 05:54:05 AM
The Magic of Thinking Big and Your Money or Your Life have had a direct measurable influence on my life. I'm very risk averse and The Magic of Thinking Big has really helped take more risk. Not the kind of jumping a motorcycle through flaming hoops, but you know what I mean, stand up for yourself.

Currently I'm reading the 4 hour work-week by Tim Ferris. I feel the book is promoting to think BIG. However in some parts he does this in a way that I don't feel comfortable with. Lying that you are on the phone and that you don't have time to talk to colleagues is something I don't agree with. Lying in general I don't agree with anyway. Still it is a very interesting read and it makes you think outside of the box and that is good. I also like the message about empowerment of employees and people it is conveying.
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Post by: washlawyer on March 04, 2016, 06:19:13 AM
I love literature, and could go on forever about my favorite novels, but these are the more philosophically-minded books that have had the biggest effect on the way I think and live:

No Mud, No Lotus - Thich Nhat Hahn
Tiny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed
Waking Up - Sam Harris
Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahnemann
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Post by: gardenarian on March 04, 2016, 01:09:52 PM
A few:

Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money by Dolly Freed

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander

Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet by Derrick Jensen

Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison

The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart by Daphne Rose Kingma

Everything by Jane Austen, Henry James, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Eliot, the Brontes, Hawthorne, etc.
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Post by: Laserjet3051 on March 06, 2016, 09:15:30 AM
Hands down the book that most profoundly shaped my life (and which is an ULTRA-moustachian text to be certain) is:

Walden by the great naturalist/existentialist philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

2nd in line (also profoundly Moustachian) is:

Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Both of these texts induced a revolutionary transformation in who I am.

gizmonte
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Post by: Abel on March 06, 2016, 08:57:14 PM
I'll filter for books that are not only excellent in their own right, but dovetail with some of the best Mustachian insights.

The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs. This is a brilliant treatise on human innovation, prosperity, and cooperation. I have never met anyone who wasn't moved by this book. I am convinced Jacobs is one of the most underrated American thinkers of the 20th century. Will change how you view everything from zoning and urban planning, to education and specialization, to the nature of innovation and prosperity, to DIYship versus paying someone else for their expertise.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel. Ostensibly about being a startup founder, really a handbook on how to change the world. Doing things that have never been done, versus replicating established ways of doing. I think the book could be more explicit that some of the most important "startup founders" are doing remarkable, innovative, one-of-a-kind, tremendously valuable work...in their families and communities. It's not captured in GDP and it's not hailed in the newspaper, but the ethos of Zero to One is there for everyone. Start up a book club in your neighborhood. Volunteer for an after-school program or summer sports league. Find your co-conspirators, make deliberate plans, change the world.

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. From a Christian perspective, this book details how wrong we get it when it comes to charity and poverty alleviation. Remarkable combination of quantitative / social science analysis, paired with remarkable anecdotes from their vast experience in the realms of foreign aid, domestic and international nonprofits and charity organizations, and local efforts of churches in the United States to serve in their local community. One of the authors works in the Christian nonprofit realm, the other is a Yale Economics PhD / professor. Impossible not to make the connection between how Mustachian ways of living / doing not only build resilience that allows us to better help those in need, but also models ways of living that allow others to experience the best of life. I care a lot about poverty alleviation (across the social - material - spiritual dimensions of the word) and this book changed the way I view much of it.

The Road to Character by David Brooks. Brooks can be hit or miss (read his NYT columns regardless) but this book is a 99% hit. Learned things about some truly remarkable people. Fundamental takeaway: if developing / strengthening your moral character, virtue, wisdom, and knowledge is not a deliberate effort and priority, you will probably fail in achieving most if not all of the technical, material, or professional goals that you hold dear. Embed yourself in institutions, communities, and processes that will attack your weaknesses and strengthen your character muscles. Commit. We're really good at the competitive / technological / productive development side of our culture, but weak in the dimensions of virtue / commitment / knowledge.


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Post by: Abel on March 06, 2016, 09:02:26 PM
A few:

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander

Everything by Jane Austen, Henry James, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Eliot, the Brontes, Hawthorne, etc.

Gardenarian - love your list. One question: I came across an essay by Christopher Alexander in First Things and was profoundly moved. Discovered his work on the web and it's sparked a radical interest in design / architecture / focus on the built environment and how it connects to human flourishing.

Found a PDF version of A Pattern Language online but it's illegible. Amazon only had hard copy for $$$ if I recall...any ideas on how to get a cheap copy of A Pattern Language? Local library? Would love to buy for Kindle if it were available...
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Post by: retiringearly on March 07, 2016, 12:19:17 PM
Non-Fiction:

"How to Win Friends and Influence People" - Dale Carnegie
"The Wealthy Barber" - David Chilton
"Simplify Your Life" - Elaine St. james

Fiction:

"American Psycho" - Bret Easton Ellis
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" - Hunter S. Thompson
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Post by: Bardo on March 07, 2016, 02:55:12 PM
Fiction:
"Brave New World" - I still have my tattered copy from 9th grade, and still pull it out and read bits on occasion.

Non-Fiction
"Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman
"Chaos" by Gleick, mentioned above
"Forecast" by Mark Buchanan
Title: Re: What books have changed your life?
Post by: JPatch on March 10, 2016, 10:50:48 AM
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. From a Christian perspective, this book details how wrong we get it when it comes to charity and poverty alleviation. Remarkable combination of quantitative / social science analysis, paired with remarkable anecdotes from their vast experience in the realms of foreign aid, domestic and international nonprofits and charity organizations, and local efforts of churches in the United States to serve in their local community. One of the authors works in the Christian nonprofit realm, the other is a Yale Economics PhD / professor. Impossible not to make the connection between how Mustachian ways of living / doing not only build resilience that allows us to better help those in need, but also models ways of living that allow others to experience the best of life. I care a lot about poverty alleviation (across the social - material - spiritual dimensions of the word) and this book changed the way I view much of it.

Great book.  I know Prof. Fikkert and Corbett, and they've led great efforts in my hometown to combine smart finances, poverty alleviation, and simple living.

The Irresistiable Revolution by Shane Claiborne, now 10 years old, blew my mind.
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Post by: MommyStache on March 10, 2016, 11:13:37 AM
Simplicity Parenting: I consider this a must-read for parents of young children.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: very popular right now but for good reason.

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey: great intro to taking control of finances and getting out of debt

The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach: not very mustachian but makes a good case for automating your investments so they take priority.

The Baby Book by Dr. Sears: so grateful this convinced me to breastfeed and attachment parent.

Skinny Bitch: I wouldn't call this book great but it was the book that first introduced me to the idea of vegetarianism/veganism and I took the dare to go without meat. I've been a vegetarian ever since (6 years)
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Post by: The Happy Philosopher on March 11, 2016, 08:41:39 AM
Currently working through "Total Freedom" by Krishnamurti which is a little mind blowing.

Fiction: "Snow Crash" and "Graveyard Book" are really cool ones I've read recently.

"How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World" probably changed my thought processes more than anything I've read.

Other non-fiction:
http://thehappyphilosopher.com/recommendations/books/

which contains some books already mentioned by others.
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Post by: madgeylou on March 11, 2016, 08:50:58 AM
Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. The lead character, Lauren Oya Olamina, is my "What would _____ do?" person now. I wrote a lot about these books on my blog (http://belesscrazy.com/2015/01/12/the-best-time-i-basically-believed-in-a-fictional-religion/).

Island by Aldous Huxley. This is Huxley's utopian vision for how human society could be. Not much in the way of plot, much more world-building and explanation, but I have never minded that. I still want to live in Pala.

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson. The most important thing I got from this book is that, as much as I crave for our culture to resolve some of its issues and become more clear and less complex, that is simply never going to happen. Things are going to go on getting more and more complex and weird, and there is a lot to love about that. Again, not much plot, mostly world-building ... but I seem to enjoy that.
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Post by: Secretly Saving on March 11, 2016, 09:19:43 AM
Great list from all the PPs.  +1 to so many of the books mentioned and now have a few more new ones for my reading list! Thank you.
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Post by: mrpercentage on March 12, 2016, 10:28:27 AM
Old Man and the Sea--- Hemingway (perseverance, humility, and grit)
If this isn't nice, what is-- Kurt Vonnegut (being nice, people are important)
Ecclesiastes & Matthew (the nature of life and an impossible but great example of good)
The book of five rings (I actually like the graphic novel version by smart comics best) (assigning value, taking command, and evaluating perception)
Dialogs of Plato (this will blow your mind you but its hard reading)
The Fountainhead--- Ann Rand (being true to your own nature)
The day no pigs would die-- Peck (it comes to mind, found it really disturbing in school-- I guess the value of all life is the lesson)
Self Reliance-- Ralph Emerson (old pompous language but great message that we all must make our own way)
Anything Joel Osteen (PMA with humility)


Many mindfulness and zen books had an important impact like Alan Watts
Fan of Richard Bach, Dan Millman and the likes.

Hollywood has had the greatest impact. Without a doubt I have learned many lessons in movies-- I could go on and on. Many come from books. I love Hollywood.
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Post by: purephase on March 12, 2016, 10:30:26 AM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance - Robert Persig. A book that deserves a few reads, really influenced my thoughts on living for quality not quantity.
The Richest man in Babylon - George Clason. Read this for the first time about 18 months ago and it transformed my life and eventually led me to MMM.
Eat and Run - Scott Jurek. Only finished this a week ago but it inspired me so much and has already greatly influenced how I think about my running.

Captain Corelli's mandolin - Louis de Bernieres. A great novel in many ways, I read it for the first time not long after my first visit to Greece and it helped to cement my love for that country and its history.
The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac. My favorite Kerouac book and it speaks to my heart about how I think we should live and love.
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Post by: mrpercentage on March 12, 2016, 12:12:47 PM
Here is a page of the Book of Five Ring graphic novel. Excellent
(http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz124/azwolf25/Mobile%20Uploads/123DA96D-99CE-4993-ABB6-0C126A84CBFA.png) (http://s820.photobucket.com/user/azwolf25/media/Mobile%20Uploads/123DA96D-99CE-4993-ABB6-0C126A84CBFA.png.html)
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Post by: lemanfan on March 12, 2016, 12:13:14 PM
Great thread.  My contributions have already been mentioned:

"How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World" and "Four Hour Work Week" are both game changers for me - its all about your own perspective and you can control your own destiny and the way you see things.


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Post by: Stasher on March 12, 2016, 12:15:11 PM
Your Money or Your Life
7 Highly Effective Habits of Successful People
The Way of The Peaceful Warrior
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Post by: Snake P. Jenga on March 12, 2016, 12:48:57 PM
Your Money or Your Life - for obvious reasons. Read it before MMM or ERE.

The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb - changed how I thought about risk. I still randomly think of his example comparing the "safe" office job with an "unsafe" cab driver. Part of my reason for pursuing multiple jobs. I also frequently tell people to stop being so loyal to the companies they work for, and I think this book has a part in that.

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar - changed how I thought about, uh, choices.

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins - set me off on an evolution and general science binge. Years later made me read the original Darwin. I have a much deeper appreciation for nature and the amazing results of evolution because of this.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - some changes were good, some were bad. Bad was mainly being inspired to run a charity half-marathon. Remind me never to do that again.

Minimalism blogs changed my life (and pissed off The Man), but none of the books I read on the topic seemed worth it.

Mother Night by Vonnegut - specifically the quote "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards - proved to me that I CAN draw more than stick figures. I've loved doodling all my life, but was frustrated with my attempts to draw anything real. Anyone who thinks you need natural talent to draw well is wrong. I was truly, truly awful. Look at my progress by the time I had gotten a third of the way through the book:

Above-Average Before - looks like a 2D alien with caterpillars stuck on her face!
(http://i.imgur.com/MeG4CzIl.jpg)

Progress - looks like a human!
(http://i.imgur.com/TJfHiPkl.png)

More Progress - looks like a hand! A 3D hand!
(http://i.imgur.com/d2xPSnAl.png)
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Post by: Taran Wanderer on March 12, 2016, 01:52:38 PM
The Wealthy Barber and The Millionaire Next Door changed my financial future.

Guns, Germs, and Steel changed my perspective about differences in societies around the world.

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Post by: Astatine on March 14, 2016, 01:57:52 AM
I forgot to include in my earlier list:

Clutter Busting: Letting Go Of What's Holding You Back
Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others

Both by Brooks Palmer. I started with his blog then read his books. Despite clutter busting nearly all of my books (I got rid of about 90% of my books after reading the blog and his books), I have kept these two and reread from time to time.

His blog and books literally changed my life. His message is simple: ask yourself with every object "do I love and want to keep this?" and only keep things that are a definite unambiguous yes. Plus, if you really love a sentimental item, why isn't it on display instead of being stashed away in a storage container?

He is a very gentle and caring writer. I found I healed a lot of shame reading his books and was able to get rid of "emotional nuclear waste" from childhood. Sentimental stuff that just made me feel BAD having in the house stashed away in storage containers but that I felt I had to keep because well, I'd had it this long, and well, aren't you supposed to keep all your childhood journals? I got rid of over 3/4 of my stuff after reading his books and I still keep culling. I felt so free and emotionally lighter after getting rid of so much of my stuff! I know everyone goes on about Marie Kondo*, but Brooks helps with healing other parts of your life, not just your physical possessions.

*caveat: I have not read Marie Kondo's book but have read many people's reactions to her books
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Post by: retiringearly on March 14, 2016, 08:15:51 AM
I forgot to include in my earlier list:

Clutter Busting: Letting Go Of What's Holding You Back
Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others

Both by Brooks Palmer. I started with his blog then read his books. Despite clutter busting nearly all of my books (I got rid of about 90% of my books after reading the blog and his books), I have kept these two and reread from time to time.

His blog and books literally changed my life. His message is simple: ask yourself with every object "do I love and want to keep this?" and only keep things that are a definite unambiguous yes. Plus, if you really love a sentimental item, why isn't it on display instead of being stashed away in a storage container?

He is a very gentle and caring writer. I found I healed a lot of shame reading his books and was able to get rid of "emotional nuclear waste" from childhood. Sentimental stuff that just made me feel BAD having in the house stashed away in storage containers but that I felt I had to keep because well, I'd had it this long, and well, aren't you supposed to keep all your childhood journals? I got rid of over 3/4 of my stuff after reading his books and I still keep culling. I felt so free and emotionally lighter after getting rid of so much of my stuff! I know everyone goes on about Marie Kondo*, but Brooks helps with healing other parts of your life, not just your physical possessions.

*caveat: I have not read Marie Kondo's book but have read many people's reactions to her books

My library has both of his books, which would you recommend that I read first? I have way too much clutter and have been living with it for over a decade.  I need to make a change.

Thanks!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 14, 2016, 11:37:01 AM
Your money or your life and the Millionaire next door
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Post by: Cookie78 on March 16, 2016, 11:37:28 AM
It hasn't had time to change my life just yet, as I only finished it yesterday, but "The Upside of Stress" by Kelly McGonigal spoke to me in a pretty powerful way that already has me feeling much more peaceful and hopeful.
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Post by: Miskatonic on March 17, 2016, 08:11:11 AM
Born to Run - Not only did this book get me to start running again after a many year hiatus, it helped me embrace minimalism in all aspects of my life. It was also the first time I'd heard of ultrarunning, and opened my eyes to what the human body is capable of.
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Post by: BCBiker on March 20, 2016, 11:34:55 PM
I saw Teleb's "Black Swan" above.

I advocate for his capstone book "Antifragile." I just finished it a couple weeks ago but I believe that it could be the most important book I have ever read.  Many of the concepts he discusses put meat on ideas that I have thought intuitively but have not been able to fully integrate into an overarching theory.  Fragile vs. antifragile, things that gain from chaos as opposed to things that are simply robust, barbell strategy, skin in the game, etc. He also discusses domain dependence and the contribution of stoic philosophy to his ideas.

Best quote (paraphrased): "Many people ask what is the difference between Buddhists and Stoics. A Stoic is a Buddhist with attitude, one who says “F*** Off” to fate.”"

I like many of the books above too but Antifragile is the best not listed.

Another must read - perhaps not life-changing - is "Sapiens: A brief history of Human Kind" by Harari.  It has the best ever concluding sentence of a book. You have to read all the way through for it to have such a punchline but I promise it is worth it.

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Post by: cnash1303 on March 21, 2016, 10:19:06 AM
"Four Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferriss... even though I ended up being an employee anyway, and the side hustle game is not for me, it really helped develop my inclination to challenge assumptions

+1 for this, it really helped me appreciate the importance of my time, which is probably ultimately what made me decide to pursue FI

Also, I didn't see "Power Of Habit" by Charles Duhigg yet. Not really a finance book, but it def helps you realize your spending habits.
"Don't Throw That Away" by Jeff Yeager is a great one, and has some really awesome tips in it to save money
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Post by: Bootlip on March 21, 2016, 07:37:45 PM
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

After closing on our house our realtor sent us a copy as a gift. This was a year and three months ago. Changed our lives forever. We paid off $38,000 in debt the first year. Only debt left is house and student loans. We will be debt free (other then our house) in one year. We now have a plan in place to pay off our house and and be FI in 10.5 years(ish). I'm 30, wife is 28. Completely changed how we spend our money, helped our marriage, and make us realize there's much more to life then consumer garbage.

P.s. I'd recommend skipping his investing chapter though😉
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Post by: jaytomlinson on March 22, 2016, 08:40:14 AM
Stoicism taught me to live purposefully. The books that introduced me to it were:
"A Guide to the Good Life" http://amzn.to/1XJXaem (http://amzn.to/1XJXaem)
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius http://amzn.to/1RwUPyU (http://amzn.to/1RwUPyU)

FI taught me I needed to build a pile of FU money so I could live a lot more purposefully. Aside from this website, these books changed my life:
"Early Retirement Extreme" http://amzn.to/1XJXCtc (http://amzn.to/1XJXCtc)
"Your Money or Your Life" http://amzn.to/1U4X7Mg (http://amzn.to/1U4X7Mg)
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Post by: KathyK on March 22, 2016, 01:40:10 PM
1. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
2. A Country Year: Living the Questions by Sue Hubbell
3. The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus
4. Home Town by Tracy Kidder
5. The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
6. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
7. The Gift of Pain by Paul Brand
8. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
9. The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
10. The Shadow of the Sun by Rysard Kapuscinski
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Post by: Lexaholik on March 22, 2016, 01:46:31 PM

The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb - changed how I thought about risk. I still randomly think of his example comparing the "safe" office job with an "unsafe" cab driver. Part of my reason for pursuing multiple jobs. I also frequently tell people to stop being so loyal to the companies they work for, and I think this book has a part in that.


I saw Teleb's "Black Swan" above.

I advocate for his capstone book "Antifragile." I just finished it a couple weeks ago but I believe that it could be the most important book I have ever read.  Many of the concepts he discusses put meat on ideas that I have thought intuitively but have not been able to fully integrate into an overarching theory.  Fragile vs. antifragile, things that gain from chaos as opposed to things that are simply robust, barbell strategy, skin in the game, etc. He also discusses domain dependence and the contribution of stoic philosophy to his ideas.

Best quote (paraphrased): "Many people ask what is the difference between Buddhists and Stoics. A Stoic is a Buddhist with attitude, one who says “F*** Off” to fate.”"

I like many of the books above too but Antifragile is the best not listed.


I second the recommendations for Antifragile and The Black Swan (my review is here (http://www.lexaholik.com/black-swan-the-impact-of-the-highly-improbable-review/)). I would also add the first book of the Incerto series--Fooled By Randomness (which I also reviewed here (http://www.lexaholik.com/book-review-fooled-by-randomness-by-nassim-taleb/)). These are all books that really make you change the way you think about risk and uncertainty.
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Post by: madmax on March 22, 2016, 11:08:43 PM
1. The Magic of Thinking Big
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
3. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
4. The Art of Happiness
5. Man's Search for Meaning

Thank you for the recommendations, my Goodreads "To Read" shelf just doubled.
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Post by: N on March 23, 2016, 12:04:28 AM
the Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff

The Baby Book, Dr Sears

The Gentle Art of Mothering, La Leche League

How To Talk to Kids so Kids will Listen, Faber and Mazlish

Its fair to say those books changed my life, and helped me learn how to parent peacefully

Mother Nature, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Our Babies, Ourselves, Meredith Small

The Five Love Languages, Chapman

Parenting A Free Child, Rue Kream (unschooling)

You can tell what Ive been having and raising kids for the last 13 years.
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Post by: Knapptyme on March 23, 2016, 05:09:52 AM
In short:

Fight Club by Palahniuk
Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl
Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway
Velvet Elvis by Bell
The Bridge to Terabithia by Paterson (Favorite as a child)

Whether is was the story that stuck, some underlying meaning, or just enjoyment from reading. I could read all of those again. Books that have changed my life because DW read them are a different story.
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Post by: MissNancyPryor on March 27, 2016, 10:22:02 PM
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien and The Stand by Stephen King affected me greatly as a youth, I used to read The Stand every summer for a few years.  I loved to imagine myself in those scenarios--both books are post-apocalyptic stories of individual survival. 

The Millionaire Next Door was great, too.  it is a post-apolcalyptic story of individual survival: the whole world has gone blind to their wild consumerism but a few brave souls are hidden in the midst, chunking away their cash to buy their freedom.  You can tell them by their Mustaches.     
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Post by: Icecreamarsenal on March 28, 2016, 06:52:52 AM
I read the Book of Five Rings graphic novel as recommended.
I'm unsure of whether it's beyond my grasp, but my opinion is that it is purposefully opaque Eastern mysticism.
There is a certain simplistic beauty.
In any case, I cannot recommend it as others have.
Will start Thinking, Fast, and Slow, by kahneman today.
Looks more promising.
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Post by: asch on March 28, 2016, 11:07:05 PM
I second so many of the recommendations already given, especially:
 * Punished By Rewards by Alfie Kohn
 * Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
 * Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

One book I haven't seen in the thread yet that was very impactful for me is Why We Do What We Do by Edward L. Deci. His name kept coming up in other books as a reference, I couldn't get his original publications (paywalls), but I could get this - and wow! It baffled me to read some of the reviews people left for this book, especially the claims that it was boring. Maybe everyone else already learned how to understand themselves and others and I'm getting to the game late, but I was engrossed from cover to cover.

This is a fantastic thread idea, I'm looking forward to reading more of the recommendations.
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Post by: falsekrakk808 on April 01, 2016, 11:14:40 AM
Following...Thanks for all the great recommendations
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Post by: albireo13 on April 03, 2016, 04:58:18 PM
Awesome thread.  My book list is getting too long now.   :P )
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Post by: FrugalShrew on April 03, 2016, 05:12:04 PM
There are too many to count, but here are 2 that stand out:

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan -- one of the factors in my finally making the leap to becoming vegetarian over 10 years ago.

Mindset by Carol Dweck  -- the author theorizes that some people believe their capabilities are innate and therefore fixed (the "fixed mindset") and other people believe capabilities can be learned (the "growth mindset"). Thus, people with the fixed mindset will have a greater fear of challenges and revealing their weaknesses, whereas people with the growth mindset will view challenges and even failure as part of the learning process. And if my my recommendation isn't enough for you, here is a review of the book by Bill Gates https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Mindset-The-New-Psychology-of-Success. :)
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Post by: Squirrel away on April 04, 2016, 12:59:55 AM
There are too many to count, but here are 2 that stand out:

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan -- one of the factors in my finally making the leap to becoming vegetarian over 10 years ago.

Mindset by Carol Dweck  -- the author theorizes that some people believe their capabilities are innate and therefore fixed (the "fixed mindset") and other people believe capabilities can be learned (the "growth mindset"). Thus, people with the fixed mindset will have a greater fear of challenges and revealing their weaknesses, whereas people with the growth mindset will view challenges and even failure as part of the learning process. And if my my recommendation isn't enough for you, here is a review of the book by Bill Gates https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Mindset-The-New-Psychology-of-Success. :)

I read the Mindset one recently and it was very interesting.:) It made me think about how I have absorbed the messages I was given from my parents and teachers and taken them into my adult life.
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Post by: mrpercentage on April 04, 2016, 08:45:16 PM
Im on Catch-22 now. I have had the audible for a while and just never got around to it. I like what I have heard but it strikes me a book that is difficult to follow on the road. It could be the reader. I might need to go print version.
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Post by: jr1029 on April 07, 2016, 02:34:21 PM
Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

Useful for women AND men. Life changing for me - actually lead to a change in careers.
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Post by: Closetoretirement on April 08, 2016, 08:19:24 PM
Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Post by: IceNine on April 09, 2016, 07:30:50 AM
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
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Post by: Freeme on April 09, 2016, 09:01:11 AM
Follow love this thread
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Post by: solon on April 09, 2016, 01:15:10 PM
It would be great if everyone could tell us why you love a certain book.  The main point of this thread, for me, is finding new books I think I'd like. And I'm looking to you all to help!
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 09, 2016, 01:17:01 PM
It would be great if everyone could tell us why you love a certain book.  The main point of this thread, for me, is finding new books I think I'd like. And I'm looking to you all to help!

+1. I would love to know HOW and WHY and all that good stuff! Or your main take aways. Or even just a blurb on the topic of the book, if you prefer summary to analysis haha.

Also, I would encourage those who say "posting to follow" to come back and contribute... I bet if you find the thread interesting, you have something to add! Even if it's been said before, you will have your own WHY.
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Post by: Taran Wanderer on April 14, 2016, 10:10:52 AM
Guns, Germs, and Steel.  Changed my whole perspective on the development of different cultures, and the differences in people, culture, and wealth distribution in the world today.
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Post by: Roboturner on April 14, 2016, 11:04:26 AM
Has a book ever changed your life? I'm 43 years old and I read about 30 books per year. And in all the books I've read, I can count on one hand the books that have changed my life. I mean literally, caused me to change the way I do something. I thought I might get fellow MMMers opinions on really great books in our lives.

To break the ice, I'll mention Your Money or Your Life. This book changed my thinking about money from something that I wish I had more of, to a tool that I can use to accomplish great things. It also changed how I track money and progress toward any goal. I recommend it so highly that I gave it as a Christmas present to everyone close to me. If you're looking for a great personal finance book, you probably can't do better than Your Money or Your Life.

Next?

Oddly enough, The Fountainhead drove me to get serious about FIRE

(or perhaps not odd - considering the 'fuckem' attitude)
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Post by: Rusa on April 15, 2016, 02:39:29 PM
Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager. You have an obligation to be happy. I'm still trying.

The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell. This really explains liberal thought patterns, and confirmed my nascent conservative mindset.
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Post by: attackgnome on April 15, 2016, 02:57:56 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Post by: mrpercentage on April 15, 2016, 06:38:05 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This has come up so much that I will read it next. I like zen books anyway. I'm not sure how I missed this one
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Post by: Sailor Sam on April 15, 2016, 11:47:00 PM
Jumper, by Stephen Gould. Its about a shy kid, who ends up being a teleporter. Takes some revenge, gets hunted by the govt, gets the girl, but never becomes a super hero. I first read it when I was 13, and it gave me hope

Overcoming Overeating, by Hirschmann & Munter. I had food problems. I decided to solve them, and this was the first book I read.

Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is, far and away, my favourite book. I've read it hundreds of times.
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Post by: pbkmaine on April 16, 2016, 01:11:23 AM
I loved Farmer Boy, too. Some interesting details of Almanzo Wilder's life here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almanzo_Wilder
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Post by: madgeylou on April 17, 2016, 09:13:17 AM
Farmer Boy!!! I loooove this book and all the Little House books (at least up until Laura gets married, then they are super boring)..

But I wanted to post this, which lists every meal Almanzo eats in Farmer Boy. Do not read on an empty stomach!

http://thehairpin.com/2013/07/farmers-bo/
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Post by: FrugalShrew on April 17, 2016, 03:41:37 PM
ms madge, if you want to eat like they did in Little Prairie, there's even a cookbook :)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Little-House-Cookbook-Frontier/dp/0064460908
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Post by: lifeoutside on April 18, 2016, 04:29:43 AM
This is my first post on this forum, any forum for that matter!

1-Automatic Millionaire by David Bach.  This got me started on saving and living within my means long before I discovered MMM.  I read this book early on in college and started with the first paycheck I ever got. This book focused on living within your means and paying yourself first, i.e. auto investing your paycheck before it hits your bank account so you never miss it.  I would suggest for any MMM readers but it definitely put me on track at a young age.

2-The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery.  I also read this book during college.  Although I grew up recycling and my family had a garden and I understood not to litter and conserve our resources, this book made me aware of the global scale of our problem.  I really appreciate the scientific nature and references.

3-Growing up there were a number of books that I'm sure increased my love of the outdoors and adventure.  Anything by Gary Paulsen, Tolkien, Asimov and all the great mountaineering and adventure books out there.

And, slightly off topic, but two forums other than MMM that have changed by life are the Bogleheads forum which helped me establish my investing style and method as well as sprinter-source with helped my build out my sprinter van, which nicely compliments the MMM ethos. 

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Post by: pbkmaine on April 18, 2016, 06:03:23 AM
Lifeoutside, please start a thread on the Sprinter van!
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Post by: arebelspy on April 18, 2016, 06:57:07 AM
This is my first post on this forum, any forum for that matter!

Welcome!  :)
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Post by: Gyosho on May 08, 2016, 10:07:49 AM
The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good


Fantastic book about dopamine, the pleasure circuits of the brain, hedonic adaptation. A warning manual for serious Mustachians.

http://www.amazon.com/Compass-Pleasure-Exercise-Marijuana-Generosity/dp/0143120751/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


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Post by: Cheddar Bob on May 08, 2016, 09:15:42 PM
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne.  Excellent, easy-to-read writing that I've returned to over and over.  Almost written like a series of blog posts, and I mean that in a good way.  Short paragraphs and writing that is so clear and profound.  The gist of the book is that you actually have a lot of control over how you want to live your life.  A very practical guide to avoiding all of the "traps" that lead people to thinking that they are not free.
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Post by: The Happy Philosopher on May 10, 2016, 04:38:37 PM
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne.  Excellent, easy-to-read writing that I've returned to over and over.  Almost written like a series of blog posts, and I mean that in a good way.  Short paragraphs and writing that is so clear and profound.  The gist of the book is that you actually have a lot of control over how you want to live your life.  A very practical guide to avoiding all of the "traps" that lead people to thinking that they are not free.

Yes, if I had to recommend just 1 book it may very well be this one.
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Post by: madgeylou on May 10, 2016, 05:06:10 PM
Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

it cracked me up to see these two books one after the other. i can't think of any two books that are more opposite than these.
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Post by: nora on May 11, 2016, 12:43:53 AM
In defense of food, Michael Pollan. Made me realise that a lot of the things I was eating weren't actually food at all!

Change your thinking, Sarah Edelman. It really did change my thinking and help me relate much better to everyone around me, in particular my husband. I am going to re-read it if I start to slip back into the unhelpful ways I used to think.
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Post by: Dmoneyzzz on May 12, 2016, 03:32:56 PM
Wow there are definitely some gems in this thread.  The three books I have read that have the most profound impact on me are The One Thing, The Slight Edge, and The Richest Man in Babylon.
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Post by: EricNYC on May 12, 2016, 04:49:52 PM
Two of my favorite books:

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Post by: Tshaw21 on May 13, 2016, 12:27:30 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. First post on the forum.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill This is the book that took me from good to great. Shows how the great innovators of the country thought and made them the business men they were.
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Post by: mamagoose on May 13, 2016, 02:18:46 PM
God, so many. But when I was a very young girl, around 12, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn was probably the first to shake everything up in my head.

This book is how I picked my middle name. After the character's dad.
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Post by: Life in Balance on May 13, 2016, 04:27:43 PM
+1 for A Day No Pigs would Die by Robert Newton Peck
+1 for the Little House series
+1 for Jane Austen

And I would strongly recommend "Sea Biscuit" and "The Boys in the Boat".
And for non-fiction/informational, "It Starts with Food" and "Brain Maker", plus Bill Bryson's "At Home"
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Post by: wombat on May 14, 2016, 07:22:56 PM
The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein.
This is a bit of a weighty tome but Bernstein's puts forward the clearest, most logical and compelling argument for passive investing. The four pillars he explores are the History (bubbles and busts), Business (financial systems that serves itself), Psychology (Why we Buy high and sell low), the Practise (how to create a portfolio). I borrowed the book from the library and then found the audio book at a garage sale. I listen to it at least once a year to remind myself of what I'm doing and why.

The Millionaire Next Door - Stanley and Danko
What I like about this book is A: It's researched based. B: It it contrarian to a lot of what we see in society. Let me explain the B. The book is a culmination of the research Stanely and Danko have undertaken in the area of wealth and the habits of those who have money. Their findings are logical but seem to be at odds with what we are constantly shown by the media. Most vast majority of wealthy people (not a small - erroneous - few who 'struck it lucky' like movie stars or IT moguls) have made their wealth through very mustachian ways. They look at wealth, not as an overall monetary figure, but as a function of income. For example some people may earn high wages but save little. Stanley and Danko look at a person's age, their income and how much more they should then have saved. They place people in one of three categories. Under accumulators of wealth (UAW), average (AAW), prodigious accumulators of wealth (PAW). How to become a PAW? Be frugal. Work hard. Spend less than you earn. Avoid lifestyle inflation. Invest. These people are not flashy with money because they understand that if they were, they'd have none. Also, by the time they actually have a lot of money, their frugal habits and lifestyle is pretty much set so the money does not change them. Lessons for us all indeed!
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Post by: PhysicianOnFIRE on May 14, 2016, 07:38:16 PM
Great suggestions here!

I expected to see it above, but I didn't, so I'll add The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley. [Millionaire Mind, a "sequel" was mentioned]

Also, Enough by John Bogle, which was reviewed and recommended by MMM in an older post.

Best,
PoF
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Post by: Kriegsspiel on May 14, 2016, 07:51:45 PM
Yikes. I hope you're not my doctor.
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Post by: Kaybee on May 14, 2016, 11:34:43 PM
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry -  It's a brick and it isn't a "happy" book but whenever I start to feel bad about my own life I read it because although its fiction, its based on the realities of what certain people and cultures have lived with.  That being said, I was admonished by a friend when she finally finished the book because she found it so depressing so I always warn people now.  I've probably read it 7-8 times now.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair -  Written as a fictional story by a journalist, it was meant to show the working conditions of immigrants in industrialized cities but the reason it created scandal was because it exposed the practices of food manufacturers.  It was responsible for changes in food production regulations (which ones specifically I can't remember and am too lazy to google).  Also a depressing book...

Glancing at the list I jotted down, I see most of the titles are stories (either fiction or non-fiction) of extreme poverty/personal difficulties; Grapes of Wrath, The Glass Castle, North of Normal, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Little House on the Prairie series,

IRL I'm a Nancy McHappyPants but maybe it's because those books helped me realize how lucky I am (even with my vaguely troubled spots in life).
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Post by: Etihwdivadnai on May 15, 2016, 05:31:23 AM
There are several books that I particularly remember (and occasionally re-read)
but there is one: "Energy and Equity" by Ivan Illich.
(available on-line as a website: https://clevercycles.com/energy_and_equity/index.html (https://clevercycles.com/energy_and_equity/index.html) )

At the time of first reading I was just into cycling and I was cycling to school daily
and this book which is essentially about how unproductive using ever larger quanta of energy was
and that doing things that approximated to one human being's energy output,
augmented by use of a bicycle when it came to transportation, was possibly the optimum quanta of energy.
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Post by: justajane on May 15, 2016, 06:49:08 AM
Middlemarch by George Eliot

It's a long one, but I've read it three times, just started my fourth reading of it last week. At a young age, it upended my view of what's important in life. The simple yet powerful character of Dorothea Brooke, contrasted with the ambition of Lydgate, has resonated with me at multiple stages of my life. 

The novel's ending sums it up well:

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
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Post by: .x. on May 15, 2016, 10:31:12 AM
Rising: Strategies for the broke, the at-risk, and those who love them
by Joon Madriga

I haven't even made it to the end yet, but this book is changing my money life, and as everyone here knows, that means all the other aspects of my life are being changed, too. 

I have tried reading many money books. I did read Your Money or Your Life about 15 years ago, and though I have tried reading others in the interim, Rising is the only other book I've been able to stick with.

I am a spendypants who has re-committed to changing her ways, but this feels like an uphill battle against a rather strong wind.  The other books were starting in a place that was already beyond my reach, often in a language I felt was off-putting, or didn't apply to my own circumstances/mind-set.  Rising is starting exactly where I am, broke and at-risk of being that way for the rest of my life. 

Joon Madriga's book is helping me through the emotional processes which have been the sticking point for me.  I have self-discipline, I have good intentions, I have intelligence, and now Rising is helping me use all that goodness to work through the underlying issues which have been defeating my best efforts for change in the past 11 years.

In the two weeks I have been using this book and doing the exercises, I've seen radical changes happen.

This has also been true of my equally spendypants 19yr old daughter, who is just getting ready to move out, and who I realize now, after reading the title of Joon's book, is at-risk of being just like me.  We are working through the book together, and she is seeing the light.  She is inspired by Joon's story, and I know this will ripple out as added compassion and empathy for those in our society who struggle with serious financial/housing/health issues, as well as an understanding that major change is possible for anyone with the right tools.

I.  Love.  This.  Book.
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Post by: Luckyvik on May 30, 2016, 01:06:02 PM
Rising: Strategies for the broke, the at-risk, and those who love them

Thank you for sharing, I have just finished reading it and although my circumstances are different I'm going to go back and do many of the exercises as  they are very useful.


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Post by: GuitarStv on May 30, 2016, 01:19:19 PM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a profound effect on my philosophy and understanding of life.
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Post by: basd on May 30, 2016, 02:35:24 PM
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (http://"http://gregmckeown.com/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less/"). This book taught me that instead of pursuing everything at once, a far more successful approach is to be very selective about the things you say 'yes' to. This isn't Gettings Things Done, this isn't about saying 'no' to everything, this is about saying 'yes' to the right things.

It taught me what has become sort of my life motto: Less but better. In friendships, in the things I buy, in the things I work on.
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Post by: Choices on May 31, 2016, 09:35:52 AM
You already found YMOYL, so my number 2 book is Boundaries by Henry Cloud.
It will change your whole mindset for the better.
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Post by: lemanfan on May 31, 2016, 02:51:32 PM
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (http://"http://gregmckeown.com/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less/"). This book taught me that instead of pursuing everything at once, a far more successful approach is to be very selective about the things you say 'yes' to. This isn't Gettings Things Done, this isn't about saying 'no' to everything, this is about saying 'yes' to the right things.

It taught me what has become sort of my life motto: Less but better. In friendships, in the things I buy, in the things I work on.

Someone wise said "If it's not a HELL YEAH, then it's a no.".  :)
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Post by: mrpercentage on May 31, 2016, 06:59:14 PM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a profound effect on my philosophy and understanding of life.

I would love your analysis. I have learned a lot from both books and movies alike. Anytime I have listed my insights a different but equality valuable interpretation was listed by someone else.
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Post by: basd on June 01, 2016, 04:39:19 AM
Someone wise said "If it's not a HELL YEAH, then it's a no.".  :)
That pretty much sums up my point of view :)
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Post by: SimplyMarvie on June 01, 2016, 11:15:50 AM
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle -- because it made me go "Hell yeah! That's what I want to do when I retire!". Which led me to decide that perhaps I'd best make a plan so that I could retire at an age where I could still plant a garden and pluck chickens.

Gospel, by Wilton Barnhardt. My favorite novel that no one has read, which is about an enormous literary road trip throughout the US, Europe and Africa in search of a lost first century Gospel. Led me to my job, my life as an expat and my husband (and my college major, and a religious conversion, although despite the title, it's not a religious book...)
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Post by: basd on June 01, 2016, 02:21:47 PM
Gospel, by Wilton Barnhardt. My favorite novel that no one has read, which is about an enormous literary road trip throughout the US, Europe and Africa in search of a lost first century Gospel. Led me to my job, my life as an expat and my husband (and my college major, and a religious conversion, although despite the title, it's not a religious book...)
Saved to my to-read list!
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Post by: GuitarStv on June 02, 2016, 08:06:09 AM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a profound effect on my philosophy and understanding of life.

I would love your analysis. I have learned a lot from both books and movies alike. Anytime I have listed my insights a different but equality valuable interpretation was listed by someone else.

It's all there in the book!  It covers every sort of topic:

Intelligence
Quote
For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.


Religion
Quote
“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”


The Value of Money
Quote
This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.


The Value of Attentiveness
Quote
"You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen."


Politics
Quote
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

Quote
The President of the Universe holds no real power. His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists...


Philosophical study
Quote
“Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.”

Quote
“Well, I mean, yes idealism, yes the dignity of pure research, yes the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I'm afraid where you begin to suspect that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. And if it comes to a choice between spending yet another ten million years finding that out, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise.”


Communication
Quote
“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about human beings was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.”


The Value of Knowledge
Quote
“What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things, of course, but I'd far rather be happy than right any day.”


True Evil
Quote
"But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well, as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

"But the plans were on display..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well, the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.”
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Post by: Jaguar Paw on June 05, 2016, 03:52:53 PM
Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and Anthem by Ayn Rand... WOAH, MIND blown and impactful at 22.

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

The Sparrow and The Children of God by Mary Doria Russel

Born to Run.
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Post by: Crumpet on June 08, 2016, 08:16:44 AM
Middlemarch by George Eliot

It's a long one, but I've read it three times, just started my fourth reading of it last week. At a young age, it upended my view of what's important in life. The simple yet powerful character of Dorothea Brooke, contrasted with the ambition of Lydgate, has resonated with me at multiple stages of my life. 

The novel's ending sums it up well:

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

I adore this book. I've read it four times. I plan to read it again in about a year.

I'll add:
Zero Waste Home - Bea Johnson
The focus is upon changes in the home that reduce one's footprint on the environment. My husband and I have applied many of these changes to our lives. We eat better food, feel healthier, enjoy our home more, save time, and save money. If you've been applying recommendations from this blog rigorously, you might have to spend more money on a few things, but I think if you went full Zero Waste that you would save. For example I now make our cleaning products (vinegar and water; baking soda), lip balm, tortillas, ice cream etc. This has saved us a bundle.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
This book came into my life just after a friend of mine died. I spent a weekend helping her husband sort through her belongings. It was a terrible process. The day I got home, my local library had this book and I went through all of my own possessions thoroughly. My home is more organized, life feels less stressful, and everything is so much cleaner and simpler. Its been a year since I went through the process. I have not backslid. This book, paired with Zero Waste Home really helped us align our home, food, savings, and values.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Steven R. Covey
It is a remarkable book. I found it tough to read it through quickly since it requires a lot of thought and reflection. I plan to re-read each section now. The idea of changing paradigms is profound.

Anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Michael Pollan
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Post by: Abe on June 08, 2016, 07:50:31 PM
The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy. That was one of the first non-textbook works I read as a child in the U.S., and the first time I had hope the whole country may not be full of racist jerks like my hometown.
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Post by: briefus on June 14, 2016, 11:57:54 AM
"Meditations"
By Marcus Aurelius
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Post by: Dmoneyzzz on June 16, 2016, 12:23:58 AM
Wow this thread is like a digital library - very awesome!  I have many new books to add to my wishlist now.

Anyways, three of the books that have had a profound impact on my life would be:

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson - Taught me the value of simple actions compounded over time to arrive at an undesirable or desirable end result

The One Thing by Gary Keller - Taught me the power of selecting one relevant and important task at a time and doing it to completion

Today Matters by John C Maxwell - Reaffirmed the value and importance of living in the moment and making each day an awesome day that matters

And others would include:  The Richest Man in Babylon, MONEY: Master the Game, Awaken the Giant Within, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Outliers, and The Automatic Millionaire.

Thank you for this thread - its super high quality!
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Post by: screwit on June 16, 2016, 01:12:56 AM
Z is for Zacharia by Robert C. Obrien  by I read when I was about 8. Teen book about the last survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Probably the source of my love of science fiction and belief that we'll destroy the world's within my life span. (I just Googled it and discovered it was made into a film last year)

The Martian by Andy Weir. Yes,  the book the film was based on. It made my little scientist,  wanna be astronaut heart just explode with joy.

Getting Things Done by David Allen gave me tools to deal with my personality. I can't follow the full method because it breaks to easily when it isn't consistent,  but it helped me identify what I need to get through the work day.
Zen To Done by Leo Babuta followed up,  making it simpler for me and more likely to succeed.

Willpower by Roy Baumeister describes scientific studies into willpower and decision making.  It completely changed the way I deal with making decisions and using my own willpower to achieve things. I'm much more successful at these now!

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Post by: SoccerLounge on June 19, 2016, 10:27:39 AM
Fiction: The Discworld series, by Terry Pratchett. Just incredible social insight on both large and small scales. I used to say Terry was the greatest living English-language satirist, but.... :(

Non-fiction: An old-ass illustrated children's encyclopedia set my parents got me from a thrift store as a birthday present when I was a kid. I credit much of my adult career to this one decision. Seriously.
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Post by: Snake P. Jenga on June 19, 2016, 11:21:09 AM
Fiction: The Discworld series, by Terry Pratchett. Just incredible social insight on both large and small scales. I used to say Terry was the greatest living English-language satirist, but.... :(

Non-fiction: An old-ass illustrated children's encyclopedia set my parents got me from a thrift store as a birthday present when I was a kid. I credit much of my adult career to this one decision. Seriously.

I looove the Discworld series. A few days after he died, I walked by a bar with a big Pratchett quote written on a chalkboard. It made me happy, then I realized why they did it, and it made me sad.

What is your career?
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Post by: Cwadda on June 19, 2016, 01:10:16 PM
7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Still reading sections of it, though the first section was life-changing enough.
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Post by: SoccerLounge on June 19, 2016, 01:46:29 PM
Fiction: The Discworld series, by Terry Pratchett. Just incredible social insight on both large and small scales. I used to say Terry was the greatest living English-language satirist, but.... :(

Non-fiction: An old-ass illustrated children's encyclopedia set my parents got me from a thrift store as a birthday present when I was a kid. I credit much of my adult career to this one decision. Seriously.

I looove the Discworld series. A few days after he died, I walked by a bar with a big Pratchett quote written on a chalkboard. It made me happy, then I realized why they did it, and it made me sad.

What is your career?

I've done a bunch of stuff, actually. One of the biggest things I took from that encyclopedia is that there's a ton of different kinds of knowledge out there, and so it's good to have a broad range of skils. :)
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Post by: Steve Rogers on June 21, 2016, 07:58:50 AM
The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I would recommend both books for anyone that is a fan of stoicism ideals. 
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Post by: acroy on June 24, 2016, 10:05:47 AM
New Testament, Vulgate with annotations. Pretty friggin amazing.
An Introduction to Philosophy by Daniel Sullivan
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

These 3 basically cover my philosophy in life
- Logical life decisions based on rational assumptions
- dedication to optimism / scorn of alarmism
- focus on the Big Picture
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Post by: Rickardo on June 28, 2016, 05:08:23 AM
I am an avid reader. The one book I read that changed my life was "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. It really changed the way how I saw people and understand them better. :)
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Post by: Juneboogie on September 14, 2016, 01:43:44 PM
Forgive me if that has already been mentioned:  Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler definitely changed my life because it helped me conceive my daughter!  A very clear & empowering book with helpful information about female reproductive health that I did not learn growing up or even in medical school. 
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Post by: DagobertDuck on September 15, 2016, 01:50:03 AM
How to be free by Tom Hodgkinson (also published under the title The Freedom Manifesto)

Read it years ago by the way, but only since I've discovered MrMM and The Minimalists.com it really makes sense, and I see actual ways to achieve freedom.
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Post by: Kitsune on September 23, 2016, 07:43:57 AM
Your Money or your Life changed my view of money years ago. Reading The Opposite of Spoiled with my husband gave us the vocabulary we needed go get some concepts to stick with other people who are important to us. Equally valuable, IMO.

Being Mortal changed my thinking about aging and responsibility and what people need, which is valuable both for my life but also for helping my parents as they age. 100% recommending.

Less 'major topic' but important to making my life good, Emily Henderson's work showed me how to make a pretty environment out of used items that are dirt cheap. Being in a pretty house is important to me, so, yay practical skills. On a similar note, 100% recommending the Williams Sonoma basic cookbooks for excellent food that reliably turns out well and thus avoids restaurant bills. (usually available under 2$ on abebooks...)

In terms of fiction, 'change how I see the world books' are: Narnia, as a child. American Gods, as an adult. Strangely enough: the Outlander books, because the descriptions of textures and food made me realize I wanted better than most modern stuff provided, and because the relationships portrayed were well-done enough that the bad ones were reasonable warnings and the good ones were things worth aspiring to.

I mean... if I had to narrow it down to unde 20 books to keep on my shelves, I don't think I'd be able to - I re-read and value books. But off the top of my head, these are the great ones.

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Post by: Vasilisa on September 28, 2016, 01:00:57 PM
Books have shaped who I am and most certainly changed my life! Great thread and so happy to see so many favorites mentioned already.

Children/Young Adults books that shaped my values and I still enjoy rereading:

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Simple, sweet and concise with lovely illustrations. Miss Rumphius travels the world, has a place by the sea and most importantly- makes the world a more beautiful place. Makes me think of what I want my own legacy to be.

Alanna series by Tamora Pierce and Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Great stories about girls overcoming difficulties and persevering.

Momo by Michael Ende (author of the Neverending Story). Read this book when I was 12 and it blew my mind on the value of time and the power of stories. Don't let the "Grey Men" steal your time!

Maze in the Heart of the Castle by Dorothy Gilman. A quest and journey story about a boy avoiding the ennui and other temptations along his path. This quote has served me well: “The important thing is to carry the sun with you, inside of you at every moment, against the darkness. For there will be a great and terrifying darkness.”

Other books:

Heart of the Hunter by Laurens Jan van der Post. Book lent to me in my twenties that rattled my thinking of the world and how the stories we grow up with shape us. I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDtalk "The danger of a single story" along the same theme. Stories have power.

How to Cook a Wolf by MFK Fisher. Eloquent book that helped me through a time of poverty and a mindset of deprivation. The author is writing during WWII rationing on the importance of attitude. Helped me to think about my world differently and how to have grace and beauty even in lean times.

And of course: Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. Changed my thinking on money and time.

One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka. Read when I was a teenager, this book blew my mind on gardening. I had never come across the ideas he was proposing and it has influenced how I garden.

Inspiration Sandwich by SARK. Whimsical book I read as a teenager about an artist who has had many delightful experiences and proposes fun things. Influenced me to also have a wonderful, story-filled life.

Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley. One of the few on this list I wouldn't recommend (the book could use some serious editing). But it influenced me to stop thinking of exercise as something to "check off my list" and made me into an active lifestyle person.

New Best Recipe by Cook's Illustrated editors. Best cookbook! I love the introductions to each recipe- it makes me think of cooking more as a science experiment and has influenced how I cook.

Mindset by Carol Dweck. The idea of fixed vs. growth mindset shook me up and has helped me to rethink how I tackle problems.

And last but most influential: A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, et al. A collection of macro- and microcosm ideas- from urban boundaries to how high counter tops should be and the connections between various ideas/patterns. Came across this book in the library stacks. Opened up a world of possibility- there were people who designed cities?? Had a radio show for a couple of years on these ideas. Went to college and grad school on these ideas. Wrote an essay on this- won a scholarship. Current home is designed on some of the principals. Great ideas that I look forward to exploring even more.



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Post by: Ganon91 on September 28, 2016, 01:28:02 PM
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

RJ's ability to make useful grandfatherly advice come from the mouths and minds of his hundreds of characters is truly a gift to mankind.
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Post by: krustyburger on October 05, 2016, 05:11:19 AM
This is my first post on this forum, any forum for that matter!

Ha! Same here. Trust a thread on books to get me involved, I've been lurking around here for almost a year now
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Post by: GuitarStv on October 05, 2016, 06:01:21 AM
Catch-22
I found this book hilarious. Life is basically absurd and every time some bureaucratic, non-sensical thing makes me frustrated I think of this book and laugh.

I loved the subject matter of this book (although it got awfully dark somewhere near the end if I recall), but thought that Heller's poor writing style prevented it from being a truly great book.  FWIW, I have similar complaints about Huxley's 'A Brave New World' . . . it was stuffed with good ideas, but was painful to read because of poor writing style.
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Post by: Noremak on October 07, 2016, 10:40:29 PM
Quiet by Susan Cain
This one really helped me understand myself. It is strange to have things you knew about yourself finally articulated and explained.

The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
Really crushed my procrastination habit and helped me get out of a deep slump I was in.
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Post by: jengod on October 08, 2016, 12:22:19 AM
I'm going to tell my kids to drop out of first grade and preschool and just self-educate w this booklist instead.

Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway -- the "purposes of a tree" essay alone altered my mindset for good
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Post by: Unstoppable on October 08, 2016, 07:00:47 AM
Non financial books that changed my life are probably more interesting than the financials. They may seem random as well.

The peoples history of the United States. It taught me at a young age that the news and history books are not exactly what really happened. And that people have been murderous and terrible forever.

Ishmael. Blew my mind in college. It gave me a new perspective on humans and religion.

The rich dad books when I was a teenager. They showed me that the path that most people walk down is not the only or correct way to live.

Basically books that showed me to create your own reality and then followed by books on the specifics of how to do that.
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Post by: Stachey on October 08, 2016, 11:03:26 AM
"Your Money or Your Life" was the life changing book for big overarching concepts of FI and ER but...

"How to Survive without a Salary" by Charles Long was the life changing book for all the practical, day to day, nuts and bolts on how to actually go about living without spending a lot of money.

Thankfully I discovered them both about the same time.
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Post by: Icecreamarsenal on October 12, 2016, 02:19:21 PM
"Your Money or Your Life" was the life changing book for big overarching concepts of FI and ER but...

"How to Survive without a Salary" by Charles Long was the life changing book for all the practical, day to day, nuts and bolts on how to actually go about living without spending a lot of money.

Thankfully I discovered them both about the same time.

Thanks for the recommendation for the book by Charles Long.  It's not available at my local library so I'll have to...buy it.
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Post by: Seven on October 18, 2016, 06:43:08 AM
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton

This is a novel by the creator of the School of Life (if you're not familiar with it, YouTube). He's a modern philosopher and brilliantly insightful.

This book completely changed my life, to the point where I think about it on a near daily basis. It is about love and relationships but also ends up teaching you about life and about yourself. I don't think anyone should get married or be in a committed relationship without first reading this book.
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Post by: Littlebrotherlifecoach on November 08, 2016, 05:23:37 PM
Books that have already been stated:
Total Money Makeover - bought for $1 and changed my entire view on building wealth and was my official "start" into FI
Money Master the Game, Millionaire Next Door, and a couple others named. Re-instilled the FI mindset.

Start:Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff wasn't mentioned and I'm surprised. Made me hopeful of building my skills into the future and making me feel like it's not too late to build wealth and new skills.
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Post by: pudding on November 08, 2016, 11:55:31 PM
Is it worth reading the other hundreds of books?

lately I've thought about all the books I've read and I got to thinking its a bit of racket the 'book industry'

Sure there are some books worth reading, but theres so much mediocre and re hashed stuff.
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Post by: GuitarStv on November 09, 2016, 05:21:19 AM
Is it worth living as so many millions have done before?

lately I've thought about all the people I've known and I got to thinking its a bit of racket life

Sure there are some lives worth living, but theres so much mediocre and re hashed stuff.

:P
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Post by: flan on November 09, 2016, 08:03:08 AM
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives - Leonard Mlodinow
This book explains how humans are really bad at accepting the fact that a lot of stuff happens just by chance and goes into the psychology of it. I think it was the first book that really changed how I viewed the world around me.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie
I know, I know. Dale Carnegie self-help books. This book has seriously helped me through some tough times, though. I got the audiobook version, and would listen to it in the car on long drives on months where everything seems to be going wrong. It's an empowering book. It helps restore the control to you when you feel like bad stuff is happening around you.
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Post by: .x. on November 09, 2016, 04:19:47 PM
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

These authors discuss how scarcity of money, time, friends, etc, affects people cognitively.

Gives a new way of thinking about "why the poor stay poor" and why busy people can't slow down - why lonely people have a hard time making friends.


I copied this from a review on Goodreads:

"Are the poor to blame for their poverty? For their flawed choices?

Are the overweight, struggling with a diet? What about those who complain of being too busy? What about the lonely?

What these have in common is scarcity, something that economists have always studied. But until fairly recently, the idea of studying cognition, or feelings, from an economic perspective would have been absurd, or even heretical. The field of behavioral economics and neuroeconomics has changed that, and took off like a rocket when Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist, won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

What Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir focus on is how our minds function when it perceives scarcity — or, at least partially, becomes dysfunctional. The term is "scarcity trap", and the basic idea is that our brains so tightly focus on what is so desperately lacking that thinking about something else becomes tremendously difficult."
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Post by: Jardeny on November 11, 2016, 02:47:52 PM
Your money or your life. Also, Boundaries by Henry Cloud
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Post by: tomita on November 12, 2016, 02:49:03 PM
didn't read it yet, just got it from the Library
"Minimalism : live a meaningful life"
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Post by: kbishopnow on November 15, 2016, 09:35:36 AM
Elric of Melnibone because it gave me an appetite for reading, provided my imagination an outlet, and set the stage for learning in the future.

Murach's VB.Net 2008 because it put me on the path of learning to code and became my first real hobby.

Omnivore's Dilemma because it showed me there was more to life than humans.

The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth by James Altucher because it showed me there are better and happier ways to live life.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on November 16, 2016, 08:20:20 PM
I saw this article and immediately thought of this thread:  "Books to help you answer big questions about yourself"  (http://ideas.ted.com/books-to-help-you-answer-big-questions-about-yourself/?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=ideas-blog&utm_term=humanities)
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Post by: Zikzin on November 16, 2016, 09:49:44 PM
Most have already shared my favorite personal finance and personal development books but another one that change my married life is Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr.  Laura Schlesinger. 
Picked up this book when I was on the verge of giving up coz we're totally opposite people and she changed my view of being a spouse.  Next month will be my 15th wedding anniversary. 

The praying books by Stormie Omartian too was life changing
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Post by: PakkaZA on November 17, 2016, 02:17:25 AM
This is a great topic and I'm spending my virgin post on this reply :)

I don't know if anyone has mentioned The Richest Man In Babylon by George Samuel Clason, but it's one of those books that I revisit every few years. My dad introduced it to me while I was still in school and I've learnt some valuable lessons from it. The books tells a story of a rich man in ancient Babylon who lives by these rules:
1. Pay Ourselves First ( “Start thy purse to fattening.”), i.e. use a percentage of your income for investment at the start of the month
2. Live below our means. (“Control thy expenditures”)
3. Make our money work for us.  (“Make thy gold multiply”)
4. Insurance protects our wealth.  (“Guard they treasures from loss.”)
5. Our home is our biggest expense.  (“Make of they dwelling a profitable investment”)
6. Have a retirement plan. (“Insure a future income.”)
7. Invest in ourselves. (“Increase thy ability to earn")
8. Track Our Wealth. (Know where you are and where you are going.)

Though I have listed the principles here, I can really recommend everyone who has not yet read the book to do so. It's small and easy to read and it will change your mindset.

Second on my list would be Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad. It's also one of those books that I revisit every now and again. This one has been mentioned in this thread before so I won't elaborate too much. But I will say this: All the books I've read by Robert challenged the way I thought about money. Some of the content might feel like fluff, but chew the meat and spit out the bones. There are some thought provoking lessons to be learnt from him.

Thirdly, David Bach's book The Automatic Millionaire has taught me a great deal about the importance of automating many financial obligations (NB saving & investing) and how small foxes in your budget each month accumulates into large wads of cash being pissed away.

Lastly, The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley has taught me what true wealth looks like and given me a glimpse into how rich people think about and spend their money. It's been an eye opener with very practical topics like buying a car new vs second hand etc.

I've gathered some great titles from this thread and added it to my reading list. Now I just need to make time to get to reading it...
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Post by: AlohaOrang11 on November 17, 2016, 11:42:55 AM
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This book is a game changer for me.
It really changed my life for the better.

I read this book during a dip in my life and I cant overstate the profound effect it had on my outlook.
Great, great book.
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Post by: mauresque on November 21, 2016, 06:53:50 AM
Hello!

One book that had a profound effect on me was "The slight edge" by Jeff Olson. The book is based on Jim Rohn's "The formula for success". Just google it to get an idea.

"Stop saying you're fine" by Mel Robbins. Go to YouTube and search for Mel Robbins - 5 second rule. The speech is 54 minutes long, and covers pretty much the same topics as the book.

The most important novel I've read is "Zorba the Greek". by Niko Kazantzakis. It's about life and how to live it. Zorba tells us what to do.

The best book I have ever read on stock market investing is "Insider Buy Superstocks" by Jesse Stine.











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Post by: .x. on November 30, 2016, 11:05:09 AM
for Mel Robbins - 5 second rule. The speech is 54 minutes long,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqZQUoH4BqQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqZQUoH4BqQ)
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Post by: Coa$t2Coa$t on November 30, 2016, 01:27:50 PM
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod - great system to maximize each day on every level - financially, spiritually, mentally, etc.  A game changer for me! 

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey - got my finances in order.

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Post by: Vindicated on December 13, 2016, 11:40:38 PM
I read a lot of SciFi and Fantasy, and I think the appeal is the optimistic views of what technologies we can create, or how a hero will always come along to outwit the villian.  I also love to compare complex fictional societies with what we are, and what we're capable of as humans.

In these "fun" categories, my most recent favorites are "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss, and "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline.  Although I am having trouble stopping without exclaiming about a half dozen other series that needto be read by all.

When it comes to the books that shook me to my core...

Any Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle is my favorite) - Vonnegut simplifies humanity to our most basic absurdities, and makes you laugh about how screwed up we are.  Then makes you love us for our flaws at the same time.

1984 - This book managed to make me realize how someone could give up on life when faced with insurmountable obstacles.

If you somehow haven't read it, skip the last line.



Spoiler: show
As Winston walked down the hallway, awaiting his end, I felt it.  I wanted it to end too, because it was too much to overcome.  I could almost believe in it myself.


[Mod Edit: Spoiler tags.]
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Post by: shadowmoss on December 14, 2016, 09:16:22 AM
I still quote Cat's Cradle and I read it over 40 years ago.  Then again, I am from Indiana. 
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Post by: khangaroo on December 16, 2016, 09:09:46 AM
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Like many others said, this was my starting point to FI and gave me an easy to follow baby-step plan to get my finances in order. With Dave's principles I was able to pay off $81k of debt in one year and with no payments, I'm currently living on 25% of my income while maxing my 401k, Roth IRA, cash-flowing my part-time MBA, and saving money to pay cash for a rental property. His teachings is the undergraduate-level personal finance series everyone should take! FIN 101 - 107! But now I'm ready for the graduate level personal finance courses, which is why I'm here! Dave's Baby Steps below might be a DUH!! for most people here but it was a complete life changer for me and if it helps at least one person on this forum then it'll be 100% worth it.

Dave's 7 Baby Steps:
1. Save a $1,000 emergency fund
2. Pay off all your debts from smallest to largest, regardless of interest rates
3. Save enough to cover 3-6 months of expenses
4. Put 15% of your income in retirement accounts
5. Save for kids' college
6. Pay off your mortgage
7. Build wealth and give
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Post by: EEBookDesign on December 18, 2016, 12:20:31 PM
Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world - Haruki Murakami
Cats Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
The Primal Blueprint - Mark Sisson
The 4-hour workweek - Tim Ferris

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!!!
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Post by: jlu27 on December 23, 2016, 02:54:19 AM

Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world is my fav Murakami book!



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Post by: thebattlewalrus on December 30, 2016, 04:37:27 PM
The Good Earth - Read it when I was about 12, even though it's fiction it really shaped my early thinking about money and saving.

Animal Farm - I think I have read this one 3-4 times, easy read but great material.

I read quite a bit but these are the first two that popped into my mind

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Post by: nouveauRiche on January 01, 2017, 10:51:27 AM
The Wealthy Barber - David Chilton.  I got this as a gift shortly after I started my first job.  I knew I wanted to "invest" money but I didn't actually understand what that meant.  This started me on a path of living beneath my means and investing the difference.

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias.  Easy to read & understand guide to investing.  Lots of good advice.
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Post by: omega13 on January 02, 2017, 12:57:32 PM
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.  I'm a recovering perfectionist :)

Brené Brown is a fantastic speaker and writer. I came across her TED talk called "Power of Vulnerability (https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability)" and found it very inspiring.

These are the top 3 books that I have found very life changing. They are very different from most stuff I've read. Not much fluff.  Just "Here's what it takes to have a better life":

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Post by: Roots&Wings on January 05, 2017, 10:39:00 AM
Brené Brown is a fantastic speaker and writer. I came across her TED talk called "Power of Vulnerability (https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability)" and found it very inspiring.

Thank you for changing my life and potentially saving my relationship! Vulnerability is something I really need to address right now, and that TED talk was really, really helpful.

Also gonna check out The Millionaire Mind and You Inc. The Magic of Thinking Big is one of mine too :)
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Post by: CloserToFree on January 05, 2017, 11:05:47 AM

Children/Young Adults books that shaped my values and I still enjoy rereading:

Alanna series by Tamora Pierce and Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Great stories about girls overcoming difficulties and persevering.


Yes Vasilisa!  Agree with these two in particular.  There are probably many of us who read these as young girls and fell in love with them.  I've also re-read both series as an adult and found them every bit as enjoyable and enlightening.
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Post by: Greenback Reproduction Specialist on January 05, 2017, 02:53:35 PM
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, changed the way I look at being an employee, assets vs liabilities, the value of time, was a big eye opener for me 14yrs ago.
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Post by: Vertical Mode on January 05, 2017, 03:04:36 PM
Posting with my list, but also to follow and bookmark this thread for future recommendations. Thanks, everyone!

NONFICTION

The Truth About Money, by Ric Edelman
Early Retirement Extreme, by Jacob Lund Fisker
The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel

FICTION

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
and the Harry Potter series, for different reasons than one might expect:

- It got me re-interested in reading again, at a point when school was kinda meh and I had gotten away from reading recreationally. I would stay up at night under the covers with a flashlight to get extra chapters in.
- I always loved imagining the architecture and grounds of the Hogwarts castle, the secret tunnels in and out, etc. Perhaps this is why I liked the books so much better than the movies, because I liked the way I had imagined the scenery all along ;-)
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Post by: lost_in_the_endless_aisle on January 08, 2017, 12:35:26 AM
Hyperbole and a Half -- Allie Brosh -- very relevant if you've ever suffered from depression, or from being generally strange, or because you have stupid pets. And it's basically a comic book!
Reasons and Persons -- Derek Parfit -- maybe I'm bitter because the most brilliant moral philosopher of the last generation or so died last week with hardly a notice, but his work lucidly challenges notions of what constitutes a moral action, the nature of personal identity, and what sort of ethics we need when thinking about future generations. This book caused me to finally abandon my moral arguments for libertarianism (though I still think there are utilitarian arguments for some libertarian policies and overall I now consider myself non-ideological politically)
The Beginning of Infinity -- David Deutsch -- one of the more engaging (and more convincing) works on epistemology I've read, with huge detours into seemingly unrelated issues, including electoral systems, aesthetics, and evolutionary biology. Deutsch takes a largely (bigly?) Popperian view of theory formation and falsification but applies it to a variety of fields (including an argument for the multiple worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, of which he is a prominent supporter). Along the way, he deals severe blows to historical materialist views such as those proposed by Jared Diamond in GG&S in favor of an explanation of variable human technological development due to variability in a culture's affinity for innovation (David Landes' "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations" might serve as a decent synthesis of both extremes on this point, however)
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Post by: 1967mama on January 08, 2017, 01:58:15 AM
The Tightwad Gazette ~ Amy Dacyczyn

This book was my first introduction to frugality -- I grew up in a fairly well off family and had NO CLUE that there was another way to live when we were first married and started having kids. I had it recommended to me by a friend who I really admired. Changed my life! Quit my teaching job (+ dropped out of my 1/2 way completed M. Ed. program) and became a SAHM.
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Post by: jmwagner5 on January 13, 2017, 10:41:05 PM
So many good books! I cannot thank everyone enough for giving me extra things to search for at the library this weekend. 

Some extra books to add to these lists if I may.

Non-Fiction
Vagabonding - Rolf Potts: This book is a mustachian/minimalist guide to traveling around the world cheaply and effectively.  This guy would actually make it a whole to get around the world with nothing more than the shirt on his back and see how far he could get just living like those around him.  Truly a great read for those who want to experience the culture they are traveling within.
The Four Minute Mile - Roger Bannister: Not sure how many other people are huge fans of running but this book discussing the training and tribulations that went into achieving a sub four minute mile for the first time (while also attending medical school!) was just riveting too me.  Talk about an inspirational human being.
Born to run - Christopher McDougal: You will notice a pattern here on books discussing running.  Another book that really focuses on the joys of what it means to be human and push your boundaries beyond what you thought was possible.  Could not put it down.
The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin: A deep dive into how to become world class at specific tasks.  The difference between being "great" and "the best of the best" is small but takes incredible amounts of focus and distillation and Josh really breaks it down nicely with personal examples from the world of chess and martial arts.
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman: I have seen others call out this book but it is a masterful decomposition of the human thought process and how irrational we can be at times.  The read can be a bit long at times but there are nuggets of wisdom in here that illustrate why Kahneman won a Nobel Prize in Economics.

Fiction
Enders Game - Orson Scott Card: Read this back in high school and have re-read it several times since then.  Have not seen the movie but absolutely loved the book.  The lessons at the end of the book really made me evaluate what grievances I truly have with other people around me.  Also, the concept of Up being Down can really mess with your head at first. 
1984 - George Orwell: Made me evaluate just how much control I would ever want to hand over to the government and also how easy it is for things such as constant states of war or terror alerts allow others to gain control over my life in the name of safety.  Few books better explain the risks of having constant surveillance and technology present in your life like 1984.

Sorry for the long list but there are so many good books out there and I love sharing them with fellow book lovers!
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Post by: lost_in_the_endless_aisle on January 15, 2017, 07:14:16 PM
Born to run - Christopher McDougal: You will notice a pattern here on books discussing running.  Another book that really focuses on the joys of what it means to be human and push your boundaries beyond what you thought was possible.  Could not put it down.
The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin: A deep dive into how to become world class at specific tasks.  The difference between being "great" and "the best of the best" is small but takes incredible amounts of focus and distillation and Josh really breaks it down nicely with personal examples from the world of chess and martial arts.
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman: I have seen others call out this book but it is a masterful decomposition of the human thought process and how irrational we can be at times.  The read can be a bit long at times but there are nuggets of wisdom in here that illustrate why Kahneman won a Nobel Prize in Economics.

I've read the first and last book above, both good picks--and realized "The Art of Learning" is by the same Joshua Waitzkin as described in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (book and later movie). I've always wondered what happened to him!

Kahneman 's work was a good counterweight to Gladwell's "Blink", which effectively argued for vast domains where System 1 (automatic) judgements prevail over more deliberate System 2 cognitive processes. I tend to brood over everything so Kahneman's analysis wasn't an enormous surprise to me personally; however, an annoying coworker who was expert in fast, sloppy thinking fell in love with "Blink" when it came out and I had fun feeling smugly superior as a result of having read Kahneman's more rigorous arguments.
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Post by: jmwagner5 on January 15, 2017, 10:20:01 PM

I've read the first and last book above, both good picks--and realized "The Art of Learning" is by the same Joshua Waitzkin as described in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (book and later movie). I've always wondered what happened to him!

He generally avoids the internet and all forms of media.  Tim Ferriss is the only person that seems to draw him out of hiding with any sort of regularity.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 16, 2017, 10:38:51 AM

I've read the first and last book above, both good picks--and realized "The Art of Learning" is by the same Joshua Waitzkin as described in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (book and later movie). I've always wondered what happened to him!

He generally avoids the internet and all forms of media.  Tim Ferriss is the only person that seems to draw him out of hiding with any sort of regularity.

Yeah, the Ferriss interviews with him are both incredible. I highly recommend them. (Is there a third? If so, I've only listened to the first two)
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Post by: lemanfan on January 17, 2017, 02:31:26 PM
He was on some of the recent mix and match episodes around the holidays. 
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Post by: actionjackson on January 20, 2017, 01:15:07 PM
Power by Jeffrey Pfeffer - all about the practical realities of gaining/building power in organisations in the real world. The book really cuts through the management self-help, leadership BS and gets down to brass tacks on how to get ahead in the corporate world. It's like the street smart guidebook for aspiring corporate leaders. It has this, play the world for what it is, and not what you wish it was philosophy. It can be a bit Machiavellian, but even if you're not that ruthless, it will prep you to guard against political plays in your own job. Hands down, I wouldn't have had the career success I have if it were not for implementing strategies from that book.

I have others, that have already been mentioned, so I thought I'd just put up one.



 
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Post by: The Drawing Bird on January 21, 2017, 07:52:18 PM
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.  I'm a recovering perfectionist :)

+1  Brene Brown writes refreshing books.  Definitely worth reading if you identify as a "perfectionist" or are interested in psychology.

As far as life-changing, though, I'd have to recommend Triumphs of Experience by George Vaillant.  This book will probably only impact those persuaded by logic.  That being said, it's a beautiful fusion of facts, stories, and philosophy.  It's beautifully written and does not jump to conclusions.
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Post by: peregrine on January 25, 2017, 11:24:05 AM
I read about 30 books a year. Three non-fiction books that stand out to me for having changed my perspective:

1. Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by S. Covey   Reading this was the first time I became aware of the difference between reacting and choosing not to/how to react to external situations; also, the idea of things outside our control vs things within. I was 27 and this had a huge impact on my thinking.

2. Man's Search for Meaning by V. Frankl.  Frankl's description of our ability to choose our reaction to any circumstance, no matter how horrific - this deepened my appreciation for the power of our own minds, perspectives.

3. The Rational Optimist - M. Ridley.  I read this in 2016 and it was so uplifting!  In financial terms, I became aware of just how much money I am really making (despite making an 'average' US salary) in regards to meeting physical needs, and especially as compared to previous generations. Again, a book presented me with information contrary to my own ways of thinking about things, and I learned so much.  I think about this one a lot, actually. Read it three times.
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Post by: lampstache on January 28, 2017, 07:35:50 AM
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Post by: caracarn on February 02, 2017, 12:17:38 PM
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.  Makes you truly understand why worrying is a waste and that you were born with what you need to know when you are in danger.

The Bible

Leaders Always Eat Last by Simon Sinek

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Post by: juggleandhope on February 09, 2017, 05:00:48 PM
So many good books! I cannot thank everyone enough for giving me extra things to search for at the library this weekend.  ...

The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin: A deep dive into how to become world class at specific tasks.  The difference between being "great" and "the best of the best" is small but takes incredible amounts of focus and distillation and Josh really breaks it down nicely with personal examples from the world of chess and martial arts.

happened into the BJJ gym that Josh co-runs in Manhattan last month - one of the most impressive learning organizations i've seen in 20 years of teaching.
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Post by: golden1 on February 13, 2017, 07:42:47 AM
Non-Fiction:

Lies my Teacher Told Me - James Loewen:  One of the most groundbreaking history books I have ever read.  I read this in my 20's and it really clued me in on how poorly history is taught in this country (and I went to good public schools) and on certain fallacies that people tend to use when judging history.  It made history into something I am really interested in, and after reading this, I went on to read a lot of other US history books.

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond - answers the profound question of "Why did white european societies becomes so technologically dominant?"  To answer that question, he touches on all sorts of subjects, anthropology, agriculture, geography, animal husbandry, germ theory etc....  It taught me to look at many things from a more anthropological perspective.  Collapse and The World until Yesterday are pretty good too. 

Non-Zero - Robert Wright.  This was written before 9/11 and essentially predicted it, and talks about how the trend of history tends toward a global society.  In light of recent events, I want to reread this, but at the time it seemed highly prescient.

Fiction:
1984, Brave New World - the old style dystopian novels. 

I Know this much is True - Wally Lamb.  Such an empathetic book.

Lord of the Rings - I read these in high school and they had a huge impact on me. 

Hyperion Series - Dan Simmons  Quite simply the finest Sci-fi series I have read with an amazing ending.








 
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Post by: jmsmall on February 15, 2017, 08:40:22 AM
Chaos by James Gleick changed how I look at the world; stock market, weather, everything.
Happiness is a Serious Problem by Prager--short read, fascinating ideas
Forgive to Live by Tibbets
Essentialism by Greg McKeown, pretty mustachian, has not changed me as much as I'd like YET but it's nibbling away at me

What else?
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis; grown up spirituality in a deceptively simple short book
Guns Germs Steel, gives an overarching theory of human evolution that is thought provoking and has good explanatory power

Health:
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, reversed decades of medical propaganda (low fat, grain, vegeterian, etc) in my medically trained mind in a few days. Long read; "Why We Get Fat" is an easier read for the less medically inclined.)
The New Atkins for a New You, started me on Low Carb (I am a physician and I now HIGHLY recommend low carb high fat eating)--an excellent how to do it book with a fair amount of theory by highly experienced nutritionists and physician/reserchers
Body By Science by Doug McGuff MD, changed my exercise forever. I now lift heavy weights to failure once each one to two weeks and I'm now, at 62 years old, doing 205 lb pulldowns. Amazing.

Doc Jim
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Post by: lost_in_the_endless_aisle on February 15, 2017, 10:09:22 PM
James Gleick is solid, I've read Chaos and The Information by him as well.
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Post by: loraine on February 16, 2017, 09:38:24 PM
I once read a book of Robin Sharma - Who will Cry when You Die. It was a real eye-opener. It changed the way I saw life and made me value everything around me even more. Another favorite of mine is To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
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Post by: catmustache on March 11, 2017, 10:18:11 AM
I think all of the books I'd choose have already been mentioned (The Richest Man in Babylon, The Alchemist, etc.), except maybe for "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero. I recently happened on this one at an airport and it's been helpful in spurring me to focus on things that make me happy instead of dwelling on what I think I can't do.
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Post by: marble_faun on March 12, 2017, 12:38:18 AM
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell. Classic pen portraits of somewhat eccentric characters in mid-century New York and elsewhere. To me Mitchell's writings are about observing, listening, and finding wonder in the everyday.
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Post by: Dictionary Time on March 12, 2017, 08:38:05 AM
The Tightwad Gazette ~ Amy Dacyczyn

This book was my first introduction to frugality -- I grew up in a fairly well off family and had NO CLUE that there was another way to live when we were first married and started having kids. I had it recommended to me by a friend who I really admired. Changed my life! Quit my teaching job (+ dropped out of my 1/2 way completed M. Ed. program) and became a SAHM.

This is mine too. I don't know that I really recommend it to people to pick up. But it did change the trajectory of my life.

I was 17 and watching my Mom's roller-coaster relationship with money. No food, checks bouncing, brief relief and then back again. This showed me that it didn't have to be that way. The idea that I could have control and not be a victim of circumstance. Question everything and find your balance.
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Post by: Rimu05 on March 24, 2017, 09:18:00 AM
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
The River and The Source by Margaret Ogola
The Stranger - Albert Camus.
Meja Mwangi - Kill me Quick.

There are books though that I wouldn't describe as life changing but gave me a perspective on different things.

Eiji Yoshikawa's - Musashi, A Heike Story and Taiko
Metamorphosis - Kafka - This one just really strangely resonated and I don't quite know why. It's one I can't shake off.
Ngugi Wa Thiongo' - One of the most prolific authors from my home country who got snubbed for the Nobel prize in literature in favor of Bob Dylan. One of the most influential African authors around. A Kenyan treasure.
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Post by: Icecreamarsenal on March 25, 2017, 08:27:31 AM

I've read the first and last book above, both good picks--and realized "The Art of Learning" is by the same Joshua Waitzkin as described in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (book and later movie). I've always wondered what happened to him!

He generally avoids the internet and all forms of media.  Tim Ferriss is the only person that seems to draw him out of hiding with any sort of regularity.

Yeah, the Ferriss interviews with him are both incredible. I highly recommend them. (Is there a third? If so, I've only listened to the first two)

You can meet him in person if you go to Marcelo Garcia's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in Manhattan.
I've started training half a year now. Waitzkin has described BJJ as physical chess, and has obtained his black belt after a decade of training. He co-owns the gym. His two passions that I know of (of many, I'm sure) are chess and Brazilian jiu jitsu.


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Post by: kelvin on April 03, 2017, 07:23:44 AM
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland.
Freeland is a journalist and former editor of Times-Reuters who cut her teeth in the fall/privatization of the former USSR. The book completely changed my outlook on the global economy and where I fit in it. This should be required reading for all Millennials and anyone trying to give career advice to their kids.

In terms of fiction, I hoard any sci-fi or fantasy story where the main character Takes a Third Option. Ender's "The enemy gate is down" is a great example, anything involving Miles Vorkosigan is great, and I'm sure I'll think of others 20min after I hit "Post".

Edited: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TakeAThirdOption <<I can't get the href tag to work?
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Post by: solon on April 03, 2017, 08:26:15 AM
I have a "Mustache Pack" on my Kindle and in paper. I talk about them often, and give them out to anybody who asks.

Mustache Pack:
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel
Early Retirement Extreme, by Jacob Lund Fisker
Getting Things Done, by David Allen
The Simple Path to Wealth, by JL Collins
Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
the MMM blog
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Post by: Rubyvroom on April 03, 2017, 09:23:31 AM
I see a lot of great titles listed here already. As I put together this list, I noticed most of these "life changer" books entered my life in my late teens/early 20s.

Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
Most Vonnegut books played a fairly prominent role in my life, none as important as this one though. I've probably re-read it 15 times. I remember my dad noticed I was reading it when I was 16 and he looked bewildered, like he was in a time warp, and told me he also read that book around my age. I once met a person with a tattoo of a quote from this book and I looked at him and said, "is that Vonnegut?" and he looked at me like I was the only person in the world that understood him. Love love love this book. Won't ever get rid of my tattered copy from Half Priced Books that I obtained as a teenager.

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Another life changer, probably because I read it when I was 19 or so. I'm not a huge Ayn Rand fan now as an adult, but this book will always hold a special place for me, especially when I crack it open and see what content 19-year-old-me underlined... I was a total destroyer of books at that age but I enjoy having insight into my mind at that age.

Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
Another one I re-read multiple times, well into my early 20s. It just really struck me at the time. It feels fuzzy in my mind now, having forgotten most of the story. I want to read it again now...

Walden - Henry David Thoreau; Self Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I smooshed these together because I was reading both of these around the same time and they may be to blame for some of my crazy, f-off into the desert to build an Earthship dreams.

Watership Down - Richard Adams
God I read some heavy shit as a young person... another favorite though, and I watched the movie adaptation many times as well.

You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense - Charles Bukowski
I distinctly remember picking up this book based on the title alone, and I loved it and went on to read a lot of poems from Bukowski. Bukowski was a poet and a self-proclaimed dirty old man, but dang, at that age (early 20s), he GETS ME.

Slanky - Mike Doughty
Soul Coughing was by far my favorite band growing up, so there was no question that I was going to dive into this book of poems by Doughty. I made sure I obtained an original copy of this book at a concert in my 20s and only regret now that I am no longer really enjoying his new music as an adult.

Gunslinger Series - Stephen King
And because apparently I allowed myself to read some "fun" books too, I would throw the Gunslinger series on the list, just because I could get lost for days in these books. I've re-read these books many times, despite  how lengthy they are. I see they are coming out with a movie this year as well so I'm excited to see how they might approach it.
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Post by: Lenify on April 04, 2017, 12:13:17 AM
The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz
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Post by: Adventine on April 04, 2017, 12:48:29 AM
I have a "Mustache Pack" on my Kindle and in paper. I talk about them often, and give them out to anybody who asks.

Mustache Pack:
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel
Early Retirement Extreme, by Jacob Lund Fisker
Getting Things Done, by David Allen
The Simple Path to Wealth, by JL Collins
Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

the MMM blog

Hello, solon! Mind sending me copies of the ones in bold text? :)
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Post by: Stache-O-Lantern on April 09, 2017, 12:15:58 PM


Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
I once met a person with a tattoo of a quote from this book and I looked at him and said, "is that Vonnegut?" and he looked at me like I was the only person in the world that understood him. 

I read this in my early 20's and loved it at the time.  Read it again a few years ago and didn't find it as moving, but I'm still a big Vonnegut fan.  What was the tattoo quote?
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Post by: Blueskies123 on April 09, 2017, 12:35:20 PM
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
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Post by: Rubyvroom on April 09, 2017, 05:35:10 PM
I read this in my early 20's and loved it at the time.  Read it again a few years ago and didn't find it as moving, but I'm still a big Vonnegut fan.  What was the tattoo quote?

I find that happens to me with movies all the time. Movies I loved or thought were hilarious when I was young are now just kind of dull or annoying.

The quote was: "Earthlings went on being friendly, when they should have been thinking instead"
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Post by: Writology on April 11, 2017, 12:52:58 PM
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter is a such kind of a book, I guess. I`ve read not as a child but beeing a mother of two daughters. And this story tought me to play the game "Joyfulness". It was the favourite game of a little girl. She taught me one thing: the little one can change the world if she or he believes. She believed. She did a great thing: she had chosen the town, her aunt and many others.
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Post by: MaxiMaxi on April 13, 2017, 01:46:03 AM
Maybe "Four Hour Work Week"by Tim Ferris
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Post by: hankandtina on February 02, 2018, 08:15:43 AM
We recently did some overseas traveling, and I was reminded of a book that profoundly changed my attitude towards, and practice of, travel:  "Let's Go Europe".  I purchased and devoured this gem before I quit my job and went backpacking all over Europe for 3 months back in 1992.  The series was written by Harvard students who were posted to various cities/countries for their summer breaks, got to know intimately their assigned areas, then wrote the guides to those audiences who were interested in youth/budget travel.  One of the gems on packing for a trip (paraphrased):  "After you have packed as lightly as possible, cut it in half and bring more money".  You really do not need to bring a spare set of shoelaces with you.
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Post by: cloudo on February 11, 2018, 04:14:54 PM
The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson
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Post by: Luckyvik on February 14, 2018, 11:00:43 AM
The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson
That is a really good one, I’m going to re-read it, thanks for the reminder.


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Post by: Jeff K on February 14, 2018, 12:57:39 PM
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
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Post by: solon on February 15, 2018, 03:41:23 PM
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Yeah, that's a good one. Too bad more people aren't posting about it.
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Post by: flan on February 15, 2018, 03:58:49 PM
Has anyone else read Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most? I just started but I'm getting a feeling it might be a life-changer.
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Post by: grantmeaname on February 25, 2018, 10:07:59 AM
I really enjoyed reading through this entire thread and adding a huge number of the books on it to my Goodreads "to read" shelf!

I picked up The Obstacle is the Way first given the sheer number of recommendations it has in this thread and I'm about two thirds of the way through. It's been really disappointing so far - the author makes really simple points over and over again and really talks down to the reader which I find offputting. But then, even after that, there has been very little that's actually new and non-obvious even when I get past the tone. The historical anecdotes and examples are very cool, but there's so much else to fight through that it seems not worth it.
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Post by: BuildingmyFIRE on February 27, 2018, 01:59:14 PM
I am surprised that no one has mentioned The Bogleheads Guide to Investing.  This book was a complete game changer for me.  It provides a complete roadmap to FI.  For me, it was also the first time that I understood that successful investing is not outside the layman's reach.  I followed it with the Millionaire Next Door and Random Walk Down Wall Street, both of which are excellent.
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Post by: Ragdoll on March 01, 2018, 12:33:01 PM
Already mentioned: The Tightwad Gazette - Amy Dacyczyn

Also, The Road Less Traveled - M. Scott Peck
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Post by: Adam Zapple on March 28, 2018, 03:09:06 PM
I haven't gotten all the way through this list yet, sorry if this was mentioned:

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

It is a comparison of Western and tribal cultures and how war and struggle can actually make us happier.  Real perspective changer for me.  Quick read too.

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The sheer predictability of life in an American suburb left me hoping - somewhat irresponsibly — for a hurricane or a tornado or something that would require us to all band together to survive. Something that would make us feel like a tribe. What I wanted wasn't destruction and mayhem but the opposite: solidarity. I wanted the chance to prove my worth to my community and my peers, but I lived in a time and a place where nothing dangerous ever really happened. Surely this was new in the human experience, I thought. How do you become an adult in a society that doesn't ask for sacrifice? How do you become a man in a world that doesn't require courage?
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Post by: Bro-mero on April 04, 2018, 11:25:38 PM
One up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch

This book lead me to become real interested in investing. Then I read the Warren Buffett Way. Then I started a degree in Finance (which I'm almost done) and then found out about FIRE and now I'm here with an ultimate life goal and a dream to work towards everyday :)

I had an oddly similar journey! I started reading Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, and other investing books my senior year of High School and loved them! Started college a few years ago, got into reading MMM, and will be graduating with a Bachelor's in Finance next month! I start a full-time Financial Analyst position after graduating.

I am excited to start my journey to FI as well!
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Post by: Kyle B on April 04, 2018, 11:40:05 PM

I've read the first and last book above, both good picks--and realized "The Art of Learning" is by the same Joshua Waitzkin as described in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (book and later movie). I've always wondered what happened to him!

He generally avoids the internet and all forms of media.  Tim Ferriss is the only person that seems to draw him out of hiding with any sort of regularity.

Yeah, the Ferriss interviews with him are both incredible. I highly recommend them. (Is there a third? If so, I've only listened to the first two)

Waitzkin also appears in #210 of the Ferriss podcast, which might be my all-time favorite episode. Waitzkin is great as always, but it's Adam Robinson who's just mind-blowing here:

https://tim.blog/2016/12/20/becoming-the-best-version-of-you/ (https://tim.blog/2016/12/20/becoming-the-best-version-of-you/)
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Post by: 2Birds1Stone on April 05, 2018, 05:19:10 AM
Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Lund Fisker
Vagabonding - Rolf Potts
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Post by: grandep on April 05, 2018, 01:01:24 PM
Many of mine have already been mentioned (Your Money or Your Life, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), but one that recently had a big effect on me was Nudge by Thaler and Susstein. Their argument for "libertarian paternalism" really influenced how I think about choice architecture in my own life and how I view policy decisions.

Sapiens was really good. I don't know if it changed my life but that book will challenge you and really make you think, regardless of your worldview.
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Post by: littlelykke on April 06, 2018, 12:44:19 AM
So many great tips here :)

What really got me started on the MMM-path was "rich dad, poor dad" (not the whole story, I know he's not very reliable and trustworthy when you dive into it, but the part about assets and liabilities was a real eye-opener for me).
Also I couple of Dutch blogs and of course the MMM-blog helped me tremendously in forming my vision and ideas about money & life.

As for fiction: the Harry Potter series have been very important for me during my whole youth. Read the first book when I was 8, last book got published when I was 18. I still read them regularly and I value them very much.
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Post by: urover on May 05, 2018, 08:52:09 AM
What's a good book to read to navigate and deal with office politics?
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 05, 2018, 09:01:01 AM
What's a good book to read to navigate and deal with office politics?

I love Ask A Manager's website. I haven't read the book, but have heard good things: https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Manager-Navigate-Colleagues-Lunch-Stealing/dp/0399181814 (https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Manager-Navigate-Colleagues-Lunch-Stealing/dp/0399181814)
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Post by: dylanjohn on June 17, 2018, 09:15:24 PM
As far as the topic of money books, I'd put Cashflow Quadrant, Early Retirement Extreme, and How to win at the sport of business, up there with Your Money Or Your Life.

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Post by: dylanjohn on June 17, 2018, 09:21:10 PM
Many of mine have already been mentioned (Your Money or Your Life, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), but one that recently had a big effect on me was Nudge by Thaler and Susstein. Their argument for "libertarian paternalism" really influenced how I think about choice architecture in my own life and how I view policy decisions.

Sapiens was really good. I don't know if it changed my life but that book will challenge you and really make you think, regardless of your worldview.

Both books I wish I got into as a teenager!
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Post by: dylanjohn on June 17, 2018, 09:22:35 PM
Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Lund Fisker
Vagabonding - Rolf Potts


Both books I wish I got into as a teenager!
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Post by: Adam Zapple on July 09, 2018, 03:59:16 PM
Bumping this to keep it going
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Post by: tyrannostache on July 17, 2018, 09:32:37 AM
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey.

Think of it as a kind of modern Walden. I read it when I was already hooked on the outdoors and minimalism, and it made me want more. I reread it every so often, as it reminds me about the things I value most. Simplicity. Wide open spaces. A few good friends. A cup of strong coffee on a cool morning with a stellar view.

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Post by: whatupjeffy on July 18, 2018, 10:29:52 PM
A lot. Besides books, I think reddit and internet articles have really influenced the way I think.
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Post by: kpd905 on July 19, 2018, 03:39:01 AM
A lot. Besides books, I think reddit and internet articles have really influenced the way I think.

Care to share anything specific?
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Post by: peregrine on July 19, 2018, 06:38:45 PM
The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham.

I read this is college at the age of 19 but I was too young to understand.  Most of it passed right over my head.

I re-read it this spring after the death of a close friend. I don't know how I decided on this of all books, but now, at the tender age of 46, I was able to get a lot of meaning from it. So much of the characters' struggles were struggles people still have today, and there was so much truth displayed in the characters' actions.

This book helped show me to what depth the eternal questions of life have always been around. The author expressed a lot of the unanswerable questions more eloquently than I'd ever seen them before, and for that I am grateful.
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Post by: jpdx on August 01, 2018, 01:29:19 AM
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins allowed me to admit to myself that I didn't believe in god(s). This was a huge eye-opener and change my life for the better.
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Post by: slow hand slow plan on August 01, 2018, 12:31:39 PM
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey.

Think of it as a kind of modern Walden. I read it when I was already hooked on the outdoors and minimalism, and it made me want more. I reread it every so often, as it reminds me about the things I value most. Simplicity. Wide open spaces. A few good friends. A cup of strong coffee on a cool morning with a stellar view.

Agreed! That is an incredible book. also his other stories are all great; A Fools Progress, Monkey Wrench Gang, Collected Essays , Heyduke Lives...etc
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Post by: Vertical Mode on August 02, 2018, 09:47:09 AM
Just finished Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. Deeply moving stuff in the first part, drawn from his experiences in the concentration camps, but also very timely discussion about the "existential vacuum" one can feel when forced to create structure or define purpose for oneself (I'm not currently employed and the lack of structure is beginning to drive me stir-crazy).

I checked it out after several people in Tim Ferriss' Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors books recommended it. Absolutely worth reading.
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Post by: Adam Zapple on August 05, 2018, 05:24:30 AM
Just finished Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. Deeply moving stuff in the first part, drawn from his experiences in the concentration camps, but also very timely discussion about the "existential vacuum" one can feel when forced to create structure or define purpose for oneself (I'm not currently employed and the lack of structure is beginning to drive me stir-crazy).

I checked it out after several people in Tim Ferriss' Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors books recommended it. Absolutely worth reading.

@Vertical Mode I went through this during a long stint out of work with an injury.  Unfortunately, the existential crisis continued even when I returned to work.  I've found creating a strict morning routine like the one outlined in "Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod to really be beneficial.  The book was just ok for me but the routine is solid and borrowed from several other sources on the subject.  It is slowly helping to shift my focus from the whole "what am I doing with my life" narrative in my head to enjoying the day-to-day and appreciating what I have.
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Post by: Unique User on October 18, 2018, 08:27:29 AM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a profound effect on my philosophy and understanding of life.

I would love your analysis. I have learned a lot from both books and movies alike. Anytime I have listed my insights a different but equality valuable interpretation was listed by someone else.

It's all there in the book!  It covers every sort of topic:

Intelligence
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For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.


Religion
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“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”


The Value of Money
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This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.


The Value of Attentiveness
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"You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen."


Politics
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Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

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The President of the Universe holds no real power. His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists...


Philosophical study
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“Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.”

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“Well, I mean, yes idealism, yes the dignity of pure research, yes the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I'm afraid where you begin to suspect that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. And if it comes to a choice between spending yet another ten million years finding that out, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise.”


Communication
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“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about human beings was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.”


The Value of Knowledge
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“What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things, of course, but I'd far rather be happy than right any day.”


True Evil
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"But Mr. Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well, as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

"But the plans were on display..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well, the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.”

By far one of my favorite books of all time.  My family hates it when I reread the series because I always insist on reading select passages while snickering. 

Don't know if they were mentioned, but I've always loved Blue Highways, Travels with Charley and Paul Theroux's travel books, especially Riding the Iron Rooster.  They have influenced our future plans of selling everything and traveling around the US in an RV for a couple years. 

Generation X is a pretty superficial book, but it helped me see that "normal life" or what everyone at my high achieving, upper class university thought how life was supposed to go was not the only way which may explain why I didn't get my first "corporate" job until 2011 at age 42. 
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Post by: adventurestache on October 25, 2018, 06:45:27 PM
The Beautiful and Damned by Scott Fitzgerald changed my perspective of time when I first read it at 22. Through it I saw that people 100 years ago were not all that different from us today, and in some ways the world really hasn't changed much since then. It sounds kind of cheesy, but it changed younger me's perception of 100 years ago from "ancient history" to "recent history". It always makes me wonder how we'll look back at today 100 years from now!

Also, it changed my perception of Fitzgerald from "boring old author I was forced to read in high school" to "author who writes books I enjoy"!
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Post by: JenniferW on October 30, 2018, 10:37:02 PM
I'm a severely insulin resistant diabetic and the low carb / ketogenic / intermittent fasting lifestyle has been a blessing to me.  Blood sugar is normalized and have lost over 100 lbs and kept it off without any effort.

1) The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living (Phinney & Volek)
2) Keto Clarity (Moore & Westman)
3) The Obesity Code (Fung)
4) The Complete Guide to Fasting (Fung)
5) The Diabetes Code (Fung)
6) Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution (Bernstein)
7) Cholesterol Clarity (Moore & Westman)
8) Blood Sugar 101 (Ruhl)

Regarding finance:  The Simple Path to Wealth (Collins)
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Post by: TeamCoffee on December 02, 2018, 09:30:37 PM
Meet the Frugalwoods
 - Something about how she writes and her story really resonated with me. My husband has tried for years to get me on the MMM/FIRE bandwagon, and it just didn’t stick.  I happened upon her blog and then book and BAM.  I’m on it.  This book was definitely a game changer.

I’m Proud if You
 - This is s book written by a friend of Fred Rogers (THE infamous Mr. Rogers).  Nothing else has quite impacted how I see life and my friends and family like this book.  Before, I always loved the idea of doing your best to be genuinely kind to everyone, but I failed. After reading this book, I was better able to dole out kindness to everyone, because of the insight provided into how Fred Rogers lived his life.

+1 for Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy.