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Markmanson. If you’re a human and you have a brain, then you probably like using your brain.

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And if you like using your brain, then you love having those epiphany moments where your hair blows back and you go “Whoa” like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix when he learns Kung Fu from a USB drive in his neck. I know it’s not what the cool kids like to do, but I like to read non-fiction. Lots of non-fiction. And my favorite moments reading non-fiction are when a book bitchslaps my brain and reconfigures my entire understanding of reality and my place within it. I love that. I get a lot of emails asking me for book recommendations. So instead of divulging what my favorite books are, I’ll leave you with something better: seven of the most mind-fucking, reality-reshaping, Keanu Reeves “Whoa” inspiring books that I’ve ever read.

In no particular order… Stumbling on Happiness. Cult Novels: An Essential List. BBC Believes You Only Read 6 of These Books... The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013. The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time.

The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime. It’s hard to choose — especially if you’re a slow reader. Books that everyone should read at least once. Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade. Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century?

Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade

When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. Classics - A Nerd's Guide to Reading. The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time. In my younger days if I heard a book or movie was disturbing or hard to handle I generally took that as a challenge.

The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time

Most books generally turned out to not be too bad, but occasionally I’d come across something that would leave me with a sick feeling in my stomach for weeks. BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read? 1richardderus Apr 5, 2009, 12:44pm aquascum of the German language LT loosed this list on the English threads, and I can't resist passing it on.

BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?

Please copy and paste your bolded books read, italicized books not completed, and then sum up with a head count, so to speak. What does the list say about your reading habits? 50 Books That Changed the World. For centuries, books have been written in an attempt to share knowledge, inspiration, and discoveries.

50 Books That Changed the World

Sometimes those books make such an impact that they change the way the world thinks about things. The following books have done just that by providing readers an education in politics and government, literature, society, academic subjects such as science and math, and religion. Politics and Government These books represent some of the most important works that examine politics, economics, and philosophy that affect government.

The Republic by Plato. The 15 Books You Must Read in 2010 - Education - GOOD - StumbleUpon. The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century - Alternative Rankings. C. 150-Point Scale. - StumbleUpon. Psychology Today - StumbleUpon. The 13 scariest books of all time NOT written by Stephen King. Yes, we all know King is the Sultan of Scare, and that books like The Shining, Salem's Lot, and It will make you quake in your fuzzy slippers.

The 13 scariest books of all time NOT written by Stephen King

But here are 13 books that'll start the shivers while spreading the wealth. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Thomas Harris This isn't the first time we'd meet the psychopathic Hannibal Lecter—that'd be Red Dragon—but it was the most eerie. And what's more, he wasn't the only serial baddie at work: Buffalo Bill took his share of trophies as Silence of the Lambs worked its way into the public's collective cerebral cortex. GHOST STORY Peter Straub Four men, comfortable in their middle-agedness, never speak of the young woman they killed 50 years before and buried in a watery grave. THE ROAD Cormac McCarthy DRACULA Bram Stoker It may be an oldie—one of the oldie-est, actually—but Stoker's Dracula is the fount from which incarnation of the modern vampire draws power. THE EXORCIST William Peter Blatty THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Shirley Jackson.

The Art of Fiction: A Reading List. 25 Great Thinkers Every College Student Should Read. By Donna Scott College is for expanding one’s intellectual horizons.

25 Great Thinkers Every College Student Should Read

Unfortunately, drinking and having fun, can distract from learning about history’s great thinkers. From Mark Twain to Confucius, an educated individual should posses some knowledge of certain philosophers, artists and thinkers. Here are 25 great thinkers every college student should read, even if professors don’t assign them. Western Philosophers Western universities understandably tend to focus on Western philosophers and thinkers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson was an influential figure in the first recognized American school of philosophical thought. Eastern Thinkers Eastern philosophies have proven influential on figures throughout history from Marco Polo to the Beatles. 12 Greatest Apocalyptic Novels Of All Time. After scouring book reviews and Wikipedia, a list of the Top 12 Best Apocalyptic Novels was born.

12 Greatest Apocalyptic Novels Of All Time

The books on this list take you down the darkest paths in uncivilized worlds, from cannibalistic gangs to vampire infected corpses. If this list doesn't get you thinking on the quickest way stock your basement full of water, canned goods and rifles, I don't know what will! Enjoy! World War Z Documenting the war on zombies, "World War Z" takes you through horific times with some of the most vivid writing this genre has ever seen. "World War Z" paints such a realistic picture of a world after Zombies that even skeptics would find themselves engrossed in the novel! Blindness.