Reading is such magic. A way to connect with the thoughts of someone long-dead or someone from a different culture speaking a different language, a way to experience what it might be like inside someone else’s mind or circumstance — both the characters (real or imaginary) and the authors, with their own diverse worldviews.
Books I give as gifts
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
I read it as a kid and fell in love with it. Reread it a number of times. It infused me with a sense of wonder and taught me to see and encounter the I read it as a kid and fell in love with it. Reread it a number of times.
The Books of Earthsea (Illustrated) - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Books of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1-6)
To me the only reason this series got four stars was because of the first one in the series. A wizard of Earthsea. I understand that she wrote them over a decade or so, and that I am supposed to love everything this woman has ever wrote, but to be honest I want to know more about Ged.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman - Richard Feynman
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
What if a regular guy from Coney Island was a genius. He'd be Richard Feynman. In this autobiography, Feynman goes over his adventures growing up in NYC, at MIT, Princeton, Cornell, Caltech and other locales. He writes in a down to earth style of a wise guy who revolutionized Quantum Field Theory.
The Broken Earth Trilogy - N.K. Jemisin
The Broken Earth Trilogy
I see you posted this a few months ago, so my advice is probably too late. If not, given the novels you listed, he would definitely enjoy this series.I see you posted this a few months ago, so my advice is probably too late.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5)
The universe is a joke. Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature.
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter Collection (Harry Potter, #1-6)
I think I'm finally at the age where I feel a bit weird about Harry Potter, but aren't we all? It's hard to write a 7-book series of gigantic epics about a teenage wizard and keep your fanbase at the same age. But whatever.
Humans - Brandon Stanton
What a wonderful book this was and a genius idea. Loved reading it, the photography was amazing and the stories a good balance of human experience and emotion. Parts were heartbreaking, parts inspiring, parts funny and parts thought provoking. People really are interesting and surprising. A strong five stars!
Naked - David Sedaris
It was relatable, I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. We all have family like this and moments like this even if we don't share them with the worIt was relatable, I think that's why I enjoyed it so much.
⚠️ The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle)
CAUTION: THIS BOOK HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPLETED. START READING AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind , also called The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One , is a heroic fantasy novel written by American author Patrick Rothfuss. It is the first book in the ongoing fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle, followed by The Wise Man's Fear . It was published on March 27, 2007, by DAW Books.
Books about other worlds — that help you see the water you're swimming in
The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #6)
The philosophical ideas in this book are as resounding now as ever - if you've ever dabbled in political philosophy or comparative theology, Le Guin dThe philosophical ideas in this book are as resounding now as ever - if you've ever dabbled in political philosophy or comparative theology, Le Guin does a fantastic job of weaving bits and pieces from capitalism/socialism/communism, age-old Western/Eastern contrasts, and class structure/conflict.
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
The question that permeates Le Guin's 1969 sensational for its time novel about the ambisexual society is what remains once the male and the female labels are stripped away? What is underneath the labels - is it simply humanity? 'Androgynous' - Which is how I could not help but picture the Gethenians.
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land
I read recently that this book took Heinlein years to write, and he wrote it roughly in two parts - I think the split is pretty identifiable, as the lI read recently that this book took Heinlein years to write, and he wrote it roughly in two parts - I think the split is pretty identifiable, as the last 1/3 of the book seems completely different (and frankly, worse) than the first 2/3.
Everything by Brené Brown
Which Book Do I Read First? | Brené Brown
My team and I receive emails every week from people asking "If I'm new to your work, where do I start? Which book do I read first?" Here's how I think of the progression of my work: The Gifts of Imperfection-Be you. Daring Greatly-Be all in. Rising Strong -Fall. Get up.
The life-changing magic of tidying up by KonMari
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
No, in my experience so far, the book seems to encourage the reader and participant in this minimalist project to go by his or her own guidance systemNo, in my experience so far, the book seems to encourage the reader and participant in this minimalist project to go by his or her own guidance system and choose which things to keep based on the feelings he or she gets from each object.
Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
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How to Read a Book
How to Read a Book
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This doesn't have a clear category, but, I remember loving the opening section of each annual edition of "America's Best Nonrequired Reading" (Though I've only read the first 8 editions and after the 12th, they replaced Dave Eggers as their editor, so maybe harder to vouch for).
The whole situation is cool:
There's a writing project in SF called "826 Valencia" that facilitates a bunch of cool young people who meet throughout the year and collect the best things they've read, which (beginning in 2002) are then published as part of "The Best American Series."
Once I realized how much I loved the little snippets at the start, I just checked them all out of the library and burned through them all at once. The longer pieces might also be good, but not good enough to capture my (admittedly fickle) attention.