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    I was asked to make a list of books that have made an impression on my thinking and that I feel have helped to widen and deepen my mental range of interests. I'll put a list here, and if any of you have ideas to add, please feel free.

    The Way to Love - Anthony De Mello

    Awakening the Buddha within - Surya Das

    Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse

    One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey

    Animal Farm - George Orwell

    The Eagle's Gift - Carlos Castaneda

    Be Here Now - Ram Dass

    Dhammapada - Thomas Byron

    A Flash of Lightning in the dark of Night - The Dalai Lama

    Phaedrus - Plato

    Celestine Prophecies - James Redfield

    Women Who Run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Tibetan Book of the Dead - Padmasambhava

    The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
     
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    I love Siddhartha too

    I read a lot of books by Osho.

    Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (actually reminds me of being an INFJ in a lot of ways)

    "The essential writings of Mahatma Gandhi" -- a reader of Gandhi's writings (duh!)

    1984 by Orwell

    Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera (totally amazing book)

    Revolution, Resistance and Death by Camus

    The Art of War

    Tao Te Ching

    Bhagavad Gita

    Common Sense, The Rights of Man, both by Thomas Paine

    Eichmann in Jersualem by Hannah Arendt

    just a few that come to mind now
     
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    The Prophet - Khalil Gibran (short) - maybe not mind-expanding but awesome.
     
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    My own personal list (not necessarily the same reason as everyone else)

    Breakfast of Champions (first Vonnegut book I ever read)
    All Creatures Great and Small
    Mordant's Need series
    Stories of Ray Bradbury, The
    Shatterday
    American Gods
    Middlesex (Eugenides)
     
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    the little prince - antoine de saint exupéry
    the velveteen rabbit - margery williams
    the sound and the fury - william faulkner
     
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    Godel, Escher, Bach - a science/philosophy book by Douglas Hofstadter, probably more suited for NTs
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - a *very* NFJ manga series by Hayao Miyazaki.
     
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    The Hundredth Monkey ~ Ken Keys (seriously, read this. it will take you 10 minutes and it's profound)
    Lord of the Flies ~ William Golding (who is a posthumous fan of this forum)
    The Good Earth ~ Pearl S. Buck
    Sons and Lovers ~ D.H. Lawrence
    Skellig ~ David Almond
    The Road ~ Cormac McCarthy
    Roots ~ Alex Haley
    The Persian Boy ~ Mary Renault (Part of a Trilogy of Alexander the Great Historic Fiction)
    The Seven Pillars of Wisdom ~ T.E. Lawrence
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ~ Barbara Kingsolver
    To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee
    The Miracle of Mindfulness ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
    A Clockwork Orange ~ Anthony Burgess
    The Day of the Dolphin ~ Robert Merle
    The Keys of the Kingdom ~ AJ Cronin
    Bleak House ~ Charles Dickens


    uhhh... I could go on and on. These are just a few from my personal library; they all had a significant impact on my psyche.
     
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    Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
     
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