1. Posted Sunday November 26, 2006 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho, both deeply inspiring.

  2. Posted Sunday November 26, 2006 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    In no particular order, here are some formative books that are close to me for one reason or another:

    The Sword in the Stone, for its silly language and underlying story of how one acquires skill and wisdom.

    The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.

    Ender’s Shadow, by Orson Scott Card.

    Computer Lib / Dream Machines by Ted Nelson.

    The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

    Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coello (a senia recommendation!)

    The Little Prince by St. Exubery (yet another senia recommendation I really loved)

    Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne.

    Blue Monday by Chyna Clugston Major (graphic novel)

    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayo Miyazaki (graphic novel)

    Popco by Scarlett Thomas

    Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

    Sam ‘n Max by Steve Purcell (comicky book)

  3. Posted Sunday November 26, 2006 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Alvin, thanks for the rec – I’ll read the Bach book. Have read the Coelho book…I see what you mean by deeply inspiring. Did you like The Alchemist also? I liked the Alchemist a little more because it was more simple and more direct, in a child-like way.

    Dave, thanks for the great list of books!!! Whoa, you’ve given me a lot that I now want to check out and read!!! I’m especially curious about Edwina! Yay, thanks.

  4. Posted Sunday November 26, 2006 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Senia, the Edwina book is TOTALLY YOU :-) You should really go and get it!

  5. Lila
    Posted Monday November 27, 2006 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Hard to say about “favorite” books. Here are a few of my favorites from my past few years of reading. The first three are novels, the last two are nonfiction:
    _The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay_ by Michael Chabon
    _Everything is Illuminated_ by Jonathan Safran Foer
    _The Known World_ by Edward P. Jones
    _King Leopold’s Ghost_ by Adam Hochschild
    _The Great Influenza_ by John M. Barry

  6. Posted Monday November 27, 2006 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Ok, Dave, will, will! Thanks very.

    Lila, I’ve read the top two – you know the first one is being made into a movie with Natalie Portman as the girl, right? I’ll want to check out the bottom three! Thanks!!!

  7. Lila
    Posted Monday November 27, 2006 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know that, nope. But Everything is Illuminated was also made into a film, came out a year ago or so.

  8. Scott
    Posted Monday November 27, 2006 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    The Grapes of Wrath

    Too old? Too “classic?” Too white guy? Too populist?

    It’s easy enough, I think, to find a book that makes you angry or turns you on or makes you laugh.
    This book made me hungry.

  9. Posted Monday November 27, 2006 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m a huge Steinbeck fan, Scott. I don’t know why that didn’t make it onto my list.
    Hungry, eh? Do other books do this to you also?

    Yes, Lila, thanks, I had heard of that movie.