Well, @JonYoder It seems nobody else reads... I'll share with you a few books tat may have changed my perception of life.
One I know for sure it did (for bad) it was The Exorcist. Someone who knew I'm a compulsive reader told me to read it when I was very young. I wish I had never read it.
Then, I reminded a few others (from a longer list) that left somehow a strong impression:
- Spark of Life, by Erich Maria Remarque;
- One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera;
- A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway;
- To a God Unknown, by John Steinbeck;
- dreamsnake, by vonda McIntyre;
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull, (and so on, must stop now)

The only book I remember reading twice (besides The Bible) was Shibumi, by Trevanian
An intriguing book, indeed: goodreads.com/review/show/3036

@manuelcaeiro I read One Day in high school lit class. Powerful book. One other that makes my list is the Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.

I don't read as much as I used to, but I effectively work two jobs right now. :/

@JonYoder > I effectively work two jobs right now.

That brought to my mind a sitcom that I watched for sometime a few years ago, Everybody Hates Chris. Chris' father always worked 3 jobs, but that was not enough...


I'll bite.

Secular books:
Brian Caswell's "A Cage of Butterflies" made me feel less alone, and introduced me to non chronological storytelling

Reading John Marsden's Tomorrow series made me appreciate family and safety, as well as falling in love with the High Country

Brave New World creeped me out and stopped me trusting adults for a long time

Judy Blume's "forever" was way more explicit than I bargained for (at 12, I think) but it illustrated the pointlessness and bleakness of serial monogamy in a way no adult lecture could; as a result I never bothered with dating relationships as an end in themselves. I waited til after high school then went looking for a marriage partner

Reading Galileo's writing was fascinating because he wasn't anywhere near as toxic and misotheist as i thought from what we'd been taught in school; it sparked curiousity in reading great scientists' own writings in stead of others' interpretations

And some christian books:
Love and Respect (Eggerichs) shaped our marriage for the better, I read that one fourteen years ago and the principles of what he says have served me well

The Heavenly Man (Brother Yun), The Ethics of Smuggling (Brother Andrew) and In God's Underground (Richard Wurmbrand) changed my concept of what it meant to be a Christian

The Trellis and The Vine challenged my concepts of how church is supposed to work

I really liked Colleen McCullogh's (Australian writer) A Creed for the Third Millennium. It's kind of a retelling of the Gospel narrative.

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