Y'all read?

By smokemifugottem - updated: 3 weeks, 4 days ago - 21 messages

Give me some book recommendations? I feel like this is a good place to get some interesting ones. I'm more of a non-fiction guy, any topic. Currently most interested in history, law, and philosophy. But again all topics. Fiction is acceptable as well. Maybe preferred only because I want to get into it more.
By user491757 - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I haven't finished it yet but House of Leaves seems to be pretty good
By hasisfasis - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I recommend "All Tomorrows - A Billion Year Chronicle of the Myriad Species and Varying Fortunes of Man" By Nemo Ramjet
Even though it is fiction it basically follows our basic understanding of evolution in a futuristic dystopia. It is not too long, but the amazing art and detail put into each species compensate this. It is truly fascinating to think that what if these events in the book were not just fiction?
You can't find a physical copy now days (at least i couldn't find one) but you can read the entire book on here
or print it like i did. :)
By smokemifugottem - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow so just clicked that link and kind of scrolled through it real fast, the art that I saw looks right up my alley. Will definitely read this.
By hasisfasis - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Glad to hear! :)
By jcas092 - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm reading The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell right now and it's really interesting. It's about George Orwell living with coal miners for a few months, and right now he's talking about class distinction and what-not.
I just finished Modern Man in Search of A Soul by Carl Jung. That one was psychology and philosophy.
By galantix - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I like to read non fictional books on self development. If you are interested in that I can give you some recomendations but not sure if you want that.
By jcas092 - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

@galantix Hit me with them!
By lwoton - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

1. B. Akunin - All Adventure of Fandorin.

If you want to read something entertaining, light, and thrilling, then read series of books about Erast Petrovitch Fandorin. From the first book (Azazel) - there are 16 of them in total - you will be delighted with the hero and world created by B. Akunin. What is interesting about the series is that the author has written books in the genre of a new detective, using different literary styles in each. Because of the fast-paced plot, readers (at least me) do not immediately recognize the instigator of the crime. Another reason why I prefer Akunin’s detective to others is that author vividly describes the heroes, their environment, and the epoch in which events unfold. I have almost completed the saga about collegiate assessors, and I can advise you not to read but listen, especially the later works of the writer, and the reason for it is the musical accompaniment and the virtuosity of the readers (voice actors). Although, the paper form has its merit in the form of an interesting illustration. Another remark: don’t expect anything like golden Russian literature, as the author criticizes for amateurism.
By lwoton - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

2. S. Dovlatov – The Suitcase, Ours, Inostranka. (These are the books that struck me the most, especially the last one.)

You will immediately feel the unique humor and manner of Dovlatov’s narration. The initial “taste” of the author’s works is light and not constrained, but the reader can feel the sad notes and irony in his humor when drills a little deeper. The original "taste" of works of authorship is light and not constrained, but if the reader delves deeper, he will catch sad notes and irony of Dovlatov's humor. His humor is tinged with tragedy, because he was a writer who was not supported by the Soviet government due to ideological reasons and could not publish freely. Later, he was not in demand as an author at first in the "country of freedom" since among those who did not survive the Soviet power, there were no readers. In his books, Sergei Dovlatov depicts the challenges of far-outer, and later after immigration, his works illustrate the difficulties of USSR emigrants.
By lwoton - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

3. H.G. Wells - The Time Machine.

If you are into science fiction, then you may be interested in the works of H.G. Wells, the forefather of sci-fi. I must admit that "The Time Machine " transformed my vision of the future. The trend along which the world moves proves Wells's vision of the end of civilization. To intrigue: think about people becoming less brute, stupider, and physically weaker with technological development. Here the question arises - what will post peak of humanity be?
Also, a fascinating book to consider is “ Roadside Picnic" (philosophical sci-fi). Even though it is my favorite book in this genre, I will not go into detail, as I have already quoted this book on this site.
By smokemifugottem - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm not a huge self development book guy, but I'm definitely open to the suggestions!
By smokemifugottem - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Great book. I had to read it for senior year of highschool. One of the few books that I actually read in school lmao.
By galantix - posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You can give Extreme Ownership a try, see if you like it.
By jcas092 - posted: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If you're interested in history, law, and philosophy, I'd highly recommend The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It's a three-volume tome about the rise of Marxism in the Soviet Union.
By addabon - posted: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Some non-fiction books I really loved within the realm of history/philosophy:

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
It's an epic of a book, but it's a great look at world history that focuses more on the Middle East and Far East. I think it ends sometime in the 1980s, so it reaches up farther in history than you would expect.

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
This was a great book focused on chronicling Genghis Khan's entire life and the after-effects of his empire. I found it fascinating because it focuses on a lot of political and legislative innovations in government that happened during his reign that are taken for granted today.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
I think this is a great insight into why politics/religion are so personal and controversial. A great read overall.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
This focuses on a lot of early human history that I had no idea about. A lovely book with a lot to say about human civilizations.

"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
This is a fascinating look at America's involvement (from bystander to adjacently involved power) in many of the genocides taking place during the 20th century.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
This is a great, but very sad book. Frankl survived a concentration camp during WWII, and this book is his processing of his time there and how to make meaning from such tragedy. Very worth the read, and very philosophical.

Some fiction I really enjoy:

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
I'm in the middle of rereading this one. It's historical fiction, charting the lives of a white missionary family in modern day Congo. It's a great read, with a lot to say about religion, colonialism, grief, and family.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert Pirsig
Since you mentioned you like philosophy, this is a great fictional book that takes on a lot of philosophical topics and theory. It's been awhile since I read it, but I remember being very blown away by it.

And any book by John Steinbeck (particularly East of Eden) or Kurt Vonnegut (especially Slaughter-House Five).
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By smokemifugottem - posted: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey thanks! I've heard of sapiens, and have planned to read or listen to it. I'll have to look into the rest as well :)
By user567589 - posted: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

If you like detective books you may like the Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
By zhang - posted: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is awesome
By skave - posted: 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The Royal Assassin is excellent, you should give it a try
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By elombitakola - posted: 1 month, 1 week ago

I came here to suggest Sapiens and A man's search for meaning, my work is done.
By urmytype - posted: 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I'm mostly a sci-fi and fantasy person, but a nonfiction book I recently read and loved is Stiff by Mary Roach. The book is about cadavers and dead people, which sounds very boring, but her writing was so entertaining. She clearly had done so much research in the topic and chose the most interesting things to write about.

A fiction book I really liked was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's definitely a quick read, but very engaging. You could also look at it in a historical context, like thinking about how this story was influential on young people's perception of oceanic exploration/navigation in the late 19th century. The language used and Stevenson's life + inspiration for the book are also cool to look at.