Name five books you read that weren't just for entertainment

Books that made you stop a think a little.

I will give mine here:

The Hobbit / LotR



Into Thin Air


Also vote on which class of thinkers you have been most impressed by.
  • Nietzsche / Kant / Schopenhauer / Dostoevsky / Kierkegaard / other European
    Vote A
  • 20th century writers: Orwell / Tolkien / Camus / Sartre / Joseph Campbell / Derrida / Foucault / Umberto Eco
    Vote B
  • Sun Tzu / Confucious / Buddha / Tsunetomo / Chairman Mao / other eastern philosopher
    Vote C
  • Plato / Aristotle / Seneca / Marcus Aurelius / Cicero / other Greek or Roman
    Vote D
  • De Beauvoir / Ayn Rand / Greer / Wolf / Paglia / Mary Shelley / Jane Austen / other female author
    Vote E
Select age and gender to cast your vote:
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Most Helpful Girl

  • But CJ, all my reading is for entertainment, haha. Everything is 'just because'.

    Venus in Furs.



    On the Road.

    Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    Anything Tolkien.

    Any Kahlil Gibran.

    My vote would be tied I think between A and B, as far as interest goes.

    • Ok well then book that makes you wonder. A book that you think about long after you finish it. That's what I'm getting at. As opposed to a Dan Brown or Harry Potter novel.

    • That's what I assumed you meant, and what I based the rest of my answer on, haha. In retrospect, I want to add anything by Anais Nin to my list too.

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What Girls Said 7

  • Hrmmm... How to narrow them down.. Alright, I'll do my best.

    1. Book of Enoch (Christian context ignored by Christians, fantastic)

    2. The Symposium - Plato

    3. 1984 - George Orwell (had to agree, I love a good dystopian novel)

    4. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

    5. Nichomachean Ethics - Aristotle

    • ugh I can't believe that anyone who appreciated those books would make that stupid look in their profile pic : /

    • Arghhh, and THAT is why I tend to be friends with non-intellects. They are more magnanimous and far less judgmental. Smart people do stupid things :) I, for one, regularly try to. Keeps me young! Rofl.

  • House of Splendid Isolation by Edna O'Brien

    Women in Love by DH Laurence

    Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

    The Wars by Timothy Findley

    The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

    O'Brien is Irish, Laurence is British, King and Findley are Canadian and Wouk is German- so I guess I kind of fit into a couple of your categories. I've read Nietzsche, Foucault, Plato, and Aristotle as well, but they didn't alter my way of thinking quite so much as the ones I listed.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot

    Hot, Flat, and Crowded-Thomas L. Friedman

    Brave New World-Aldous Huxley

    Slaughterhouse Five-Kurt Vonnegut

    Night-Elie Wiesel

    I do like Shelley and Austin (I could've put Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein, but they were really more pleasure reads), but I'm most impressed by the A&B people, I chose B.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

    1984 - George Orwell

    Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

    Harrison Bergeron by Vonnegut, but that's a short story.

    The Giver (yeah I'm obviously in 7th grade)

  • 1984 the book we're reading in AP English right now...A Modest Proposal...Scarlet Letter...A Tale of Two Cities...The Jungle

  • Before I Die

    Looking for Alaska

    Plain Truth

    My Sister's Keeper

    Anne Frank

  • Demian (read this at 14, this book destroyed any love I held for religion)

    The Chosen (anything by Chaim Potok is amazing, imo)

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    The Giver (stopped being a kid after reading that one)

    Count of Monte Cristo


What Guys Said 5

  • I only read for pleasure so I have to back to school to find books read for other reasons.

    Lord of the flies

    The Pearl

    I am David

    Animal Farm


  • the shock doctrine- naomi klein

    the best democracy money can buy- greg palast

    1984- george orwell

    you are being lied to- russ kick

    a people's history of the united states- howard zinn

    picked b on the poll

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter, wasn't for entertainment it really spoke to my dark passenger within

    • Tell your dark passenger he needs to pony up for gas money it he'll have to walk the rest of the way.

  • Anything for stupid English class in middle/upper school -_- f*** Whuthering Heights F*** THAT BORING ASS PIECE OF SHIT! Worst book I've ever read... oye.

    • As for books I liked that made me think and weren't for entertainment at the time,

      Death of the Liberal Class

      The Giver (this was when I was in like 3rd or 4th grade)

      Empire of Illusion

      Making Things Move (hey, my programming books count right? :P)



      Sure I ended up enjoying the last two (all of them actually), but they were required reading for my class, they were awesome and made me think. Sure that's more than 5, but I don't care :P

    • Oh ,going to add, Ayn Rand needs to burn in Hell if she isn't already. God she was a moron...

  • I don?t remeber all the titles but there was one, Crimes against logic. Really got me thinking.


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