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List of mind-expanding books


May 26, 2008
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
The Prophet - Khalil Gibran (short) - maybe not mind-expanding but awesome.
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
American Gods
Middlesex (Eugenides)
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.
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.
Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
Green Eggs and Ham- Dr. Seuss