The list author says: "These are the books that if you haven't read them yet, you simply must. They influenced my life and took me deep into the realms of the spiritual, intellectual and philosophical. There are plenty of books out there that are extremely important but not altogether fun to read. Not here - All the books on this list were a pleasure to read, and I've returned to read them more than a few times. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do."
"What if man based all his decisions on the roll of the dice? I found this book in the "cult classic" section of Borders while traveling in New Zealand and I haven't seen it on a store shelf since. Like Catcher in the Rye, The Dice Man is dangerous for the qualities of its ideas. One of my top 10 books of all time."
"Brilliant and weird, I found this book while traveling through Japan. Kobo Abe is one smart dude. I would also recommend The Box Man, as its one of the most important commentaries on modern society that I've read, but it's not as fun to read as Woman in the Dunes"
"Bradbury probably needs no introduction if you've made it this far already into my list... But let me at least say that I was "forced" to read this book in high school (thank you Ms. Shelton) and I've been trying to "force" my friends to read it ever since. Don't be fooled when Bradbury talks about society on Mars.. he's really talking about us."
"A wonderful survey of the evolution of philosophy, set within a fun and moving story. I wish I had read this book sooner as this book came to me long after I had already studied philosophy in college. The main character is female, a pleasant change of pace from the typical philosophical book."
"Hesse is one of the best writers of spiritualism in our history. This is a book about the Buddha before he became the Buddha - a simple story about the quest for knowledge, enlightenment and love. Hesse also wrote a book called Demian, which is about western spirituality, that will equality blow your mind - but its not for the lazy reader"
"All of Maugham's book are enlightening to read because he commands an understanding of human emotion at all stages of life. He is truly unique. This book is about a man, returned from war, who abandons his old life to lead the life of an artist in Paris. There he hears whispers of a secret in India, and he travels there himself in search for the true meaning of life."
"This book almost speaks for itself. If you haven't read it, then I'm sure you've at least heard of it. Trust me, it's time to pick it up. Understand what it means to grok - And then grok what it means to understand."
"I had to read this book in school as a young boy and it didn't leave an impression on me. I reread it as an adult and couldn't believe that it had stayed off my radar for so long. Full of insight into the nature of man, that is to say the nature inside man"