25 Great Books About How to Have Fun & Enjoy Life to its Fullest!

A Listmania! list by Lorenzo (New York City!)
The list author says: "Allowing yourself to be original, spontaneous and creative are the fountains of true fun. And when it comes to fun, there is no real how-to book, as having genuine fun is a very personal endeavor.

Hence this list presents 25 (+2) great examples of how to have fun, rediscover your inner child, and live life to its fullest. They are guaranteed to lift your spirits and inspire you to have your own original brand of fun! fun! fun!"
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life (text only)
1.  25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life (text only) by Lorenzo Dominguez
The list author says:
  "In his best-selling artist memoir, award-winning NYC street photographer Lorenzo takes us on his fun adventures through every borough of New York City and shares with us the lessons he has learned about life along the way. It is the #1 Best-selling photo essay and artist biography on Amazon in 2010 & 2011."
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
2.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "If only because my youngest son, Dominic, said "This is a very fun book because it is the most adventurous of the series." As he has not yet been tainted by the ways of the world, I have to trust that a smart 9 year old boy should know how to have fun."
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Winnie-the-Pooh (Puffin Modern Classics)
3.  Winnie-the-Pooh (Puffin Modern Classics) by Ernest H. Shepard
The list author says:
  "A classic tale of fun and adventure(s) that surely everyone has heard of or watched via Disney's animated classic interpretations. But have you ever read the original story? Ah, that is the question!"
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Gulliver's Travels
4.  Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The list author says:
  "Gulliver's Travels describes the four fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a kindly ship's surgeon. Swift portrays him as an observer, a reporter, and a victim of circumstance. His travels take him to Lilliput where he is a giant observing tiny people."
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The Art of Looking Sideways
5.  The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
The list author says:
  """Alan Fletcher's The Art of Looking Sideways is an absolutely extraordinary and inexhaustible "guide to visual awareness," a virtually indescribable concoction of anecdotes, quotes, images, and bizarre facts that offers a wonderfully twisted vision of the chaos of modern life."""
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This Book Will Change Your Life
6.  This Book Will Change Your Life by Benrik
The list author says:
  "Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, This Book Will Change Your Life will help you poke a stick in the spokes of your routine."
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Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho Insights for a New Way of Living)
7.  Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho Insights for a New Way of Living) by Osho
The list author says:
  "Creativity is a handbook for those who understand the need to bring more creativity, playfulness, and flexibility to their lives. It's a manual for thinking "outside the box"-and learning to live there as well."
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Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
8.  Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The list author says:
  "Bringing together 30 years of research, Csikszentmihalyi (psychology, Univ. of Chicago) describes this book as "an effort to make more understandable the mysterious process by which men and women come up with new ideas and new things."
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Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet Boxed Set
9.  Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet Boxed Set by Benjamin Hoff
The list author says:
  "Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living."
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Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)
10.  Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books) by Crockett Johnson
The list author says:
  "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement."
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Through the Looking-Glass
11.  Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
The list author says:
  "Funsical, funtastik and simply readalicious! A must for anyone looking to be inspired by a curious Alice who follows her flourishing female intuition into the unknown recesses of her adolescent imagination."
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
12.  Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein
The list author says:
  "This is simply a classic of children's literature and poetry that is meant to be for all regardless of one's age. It will inspire to you create poetry out of life itself."
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (With Active Table of Contents and Original Illustrations)
13.  The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (With Active Table of Contents and Original Illustrations) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The list author says:
  "Oh Sherlock Holmes (or rather Sir Author Conan Boyle) how you inspire us to reexamine everything, so that we might infer, deduce and extract the most of the evidence that lies right before our eyes, under our nose and within earshot. Albeit, these are mystery novels, Holmes adventures inspire us to take a closer look at the mystery of life, for fun lies just around the corner."
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The Jungle Book
14.  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The list author says:
  "Author of my all-time favorite inspiring and life-guiding poem, If, Rudyard Kipling offers us a chance to walk with the animals of the mighty jungle."
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Life of Pi
15.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith."
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Don Quixote
16.  Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The list author says:
  "A bit long, and somewhat melancholy, this book still sparks the imagination and has been a classic for a very long time, for a very good reason."
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The Three Musketeers
17.  The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The list author says:
  "Populated by some of the most famous names in literary and actual history — D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII — Dumas's peerless adventure offers a rousing read. It traces an aspiring Musketeer's path to 17th-century Paris, where he encounters intrigue, romance, and, of course, thrilling swordplay."
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The Da Vinci Code
18.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "If you haven't read this great story, I encourage you to make it your very next read. Even though I am not a big fan of popular fiction novels in general, I loved it and could not put it down. It is quite adventurous and fun! It will inspire you to make life much the same!"
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The Secret
19.  The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The list author says:
  "Got to include this one, if only because it has inspired so many to make the most of their lives and to think positively as if they were the wonderful wizard of Oz."
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
20.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
The list author says:
  "Just like practically every other book on this list, the story behind the movie is the true source of fun and adventure that everyone who has seen the film adaptation has been inspired by."
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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
21.  Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
The list author says:
  "The story of T.E. Lawrence (and the movie adaptation) are simply amazing and inspiring. His life is a perfect example of how thinking positively can move mountains, motivate armies and make history. Most of all he demonstrates how we can fun with life."
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Forrest Gump
22.  Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
The list author says:
  "This is the book behind the sensational film. What could be more fun and inspiring than living life through the eyes of Forrest Forrest Gump."
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Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories
23.  Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia
The list author says:
  "Recommended by my oldest son, Enzo, who said it was a great fun read, like Sedaris, but wackier."
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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt
24.  Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt by Patton Oswalt
The list author says:
  "Comedian Oswalt (The King of Queens, Caprica) offers up a collection of colorful essays ranging in topic from his experiences working at a movie theater to sends-ups of eccentric relatives, including a grandmother who gives exceedingly odd birthday gifts."
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Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness (Kodansha Globe)
25.  Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness (Kodansha Globe) by David Weeks
The list author says:
  "This book summarizes findings from the first systematic study of "eccentrics": highly talented and unusual people who are somewhere between "normal" and "nuts". This is a domain occupied by genuine geniuses and charming crackpots whose common feature is that they refuse to hold commonly held beliefs or refuse to act in accordance with the norms of society."
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Mammoth Book of Oddballs and Eccentrics (Mammoth Books)
26.  Mammoth Book of Oddballs and Eccentrics (Mammoth Books) by Karl Shaw
The list author says:
  "Compendiums of eccentricity are often top-heavy lurid-to-loony tales of the rich and nutty, but not Shaw's diverse and democratic addition to the ever-popular study of odd behavior."
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Strange Brains and Genius: The Secret Lives Of Eccentric Scientists And Madmen
27.  Strange Brains and Genius: The Secret Lives Of Eccentric Scientists And Madmen by Clifford A. Pickover
The list author says:
  "What is the connection between genius and madness? IBM-based polymath Clifford Pickover approaches the question in a characteristically eclectic way."
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