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Books that will blow you away

Paul Grand "carpefunk"
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."
The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge
The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge
"This book was the first book that I read that showed me a world beyond reality. It's like turning off your TV and going outside. Wow. Learn to "see" and "stop the world""
The Dice Man
The Dice Man
"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."
The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel
The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel
"Milan Kundera really gets the big picture, and this is his best example. Sexy and psychological - prepared to be amazed."
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
"One part spiritual search, one part adventure unlike you've ever read. This is a special book that deserves a special place on your bookshelf."
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
"The best book to give to someone young. "When you follow your dreams, the whole universe will conspire to aid you.""
The Woman in the Dunes
The Woman in the Dunes
"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"
The Martian Chronicles (Bantam SF, N5613)
The Martian Chronicles (Bantam SF, N5613)
"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."
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics)
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics)
"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."
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
"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"
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
"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."
Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
"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."
Mutant Message Down Under, Tenth Anniversary Edition
Mutant Message Down Under, Tenth Anniversary Edition
"Although I'm pretty sure this is a work of fiction, I sure want to believe it's true. A great outlook on life from the indigenous people of Australia. The main character is female."
Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
"You must read this book. Attempts to describe the unnamed evil that exists in all men"
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
"Whether you believe in Capitalism or Socialism, it matters not. This book is food for the mind and has a strong female main character."
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
"Bright, idealistic and very easy to read. Perfect if you're looked for a reminder that there is more to the world than meets the eye"
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
"Another uplifting book for those searching for the perfect place to live"
Into the Wild
Into the Wild
"The amazing investigation that revealed one enlightened boy's amazing journey"
The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
"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"
To kill a mockingbird
To kill a mockingbird
"Put down the cliff notes and you won't miss out on one of the best American novels ever written."