LibraryThing recently asked the question in one of their groups: What Books Have Changed Your Life?
That’s a good thinker. I don’t know about “changed”, but some have certainly influenced. Life changing may be a bit much, but paradigm-shifting or point of view changing? Sure!
First should be Lester del Rey’s The Runaway Robot. One of the first “real” books I owned, I was nine years old in 1970 and that book turned me on to science fiction and the innumerable possibilities of imagination. Four years later, a teacher suggested I read The Lord of the Rings, and that added high fantasy to the shelf. I spent more time in the 1980s and 1990s reading fantasy than science fiction, but I come back to it as much now as fantasy. del Rey’s Time Tunnel was another that helped start me. Continue reading
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Tagged Daniel Quinn, Dumbing Us Down, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, Ishamel, James Loewen, James Morrow, James Surowiecki, John taylor Gatto, Jonathon Livingston Seagull, L. David Marquet, Lester del Rey, LibraryThing, Lies My teacher Told Me, Martin Gardner, Modern Times, Only Begotten Daughter, Paul Johnson, Richard Bach, The Runaway Robot, The Wisdom of Crowds, Turn the Ship Around
Goodreads goal for 2014: 100 books (again).
So far, I’m WAY ahead of the pace with 86 – Goodreads says that’s 12 ahead of schedule.
Recap: The way I’ve been recounting my book readings the past couple of years means overly long posts (100+ books with comments?). For 2014, I’ve decided to break up the year into quarters. Here’s my first three month summary of the 23 books I read, and my second quarter list numbering 31books. Below I list 32 more for the third quarter/summer.
For some reason, this year I’m picking books that are quite long – again, what’s up with that? George Martin’s catastrophe was monstrously long for little value added, and Hostadter’s GEB, while long (and dense), was the opposite.
For the third quarter:
- 17 nonfiction
- 15 fiction – more of a balance this quarter
- I’ve rated 2 more as five-star (you-really-should-read-this) on Goodreads – and another was fiction!
- I gave 0 books a one-star rating (not-only-no-but-really-no)…but a couple came really close..
- As before, I’ve linked all of my Goodreads reviews (even if only one line) to each title in case anyone is interested in what I thought beyond the commentary below. The review page links back to the Goodreads main page for the book.
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Tagged Al Gore, Andy Weir, Bart Ehrman, Bill Gates, Clive Cussler, David Alan Grier, David Foster Wallace, David M. Ewalt, Dhaval Bathia, Dick Van Dyke, Dirk Cussler, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Eckhart Tolle, Edward Everett Hale, Ernest Holmes, Ethan Allen, Frank Herbert, George Mann, George R. R. Martin, James Cleugh, James Dashner, John Brockman, John Brunner, John Nussey, Jonathan Buck, K. Pramod Reddy, Keith Riegert, Kurt Vonnegut, Lawrence Krause, Linda Grant, Lisa Rogak, Martin Gardner, Max Shron, Michael Shermer, Paul Allen, Paul Johnson, Philip Reeve, Pip Ballantine, Robert Jungk, Roger Barth, S. E. Hinton, Sam Seder, Samuel Kaplan, Seth Godin, Shankar Vedantam, Simon Hawke, Stephen Sherrill, Stephen Wolfram, T. Aaron Payton, Tee Morris, Vlatko Vedral, Wil Wheaton