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8 Books For a Higher Existence. Books are magical inventions. By carrying meaning, they gives us glimpses of experience and knowledge from a different world. Phonetic language, being cut-off from time and place, the Now, helps both to encapsulate the ego more, but also to offer guidance to make it poriferous, letting Eros free. Without books we would lose this guidance. And in these times of dire ecological and cultural crisis, we need new ways to respond to the ecosystem that we simultaneous are and are imbedded in. These are the books that can lift our spirits to a necessary higher existence. If you’re done reading this list and want to level up more – check out part two! Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche Becoming Animal – David Abram Abram’s first book The Spell of the Sensuous convincingly argued that being human is inseparably interconnected with everything that is not human.

Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal – Alan Watts The Story of B – Daniel Quinn Original photo by June. 7 infographics that promote reading. In this post you’ll see the most convincing infographics that encourage to read, and raise awareness of the importance of reading. Reading is a privilege, but many people think it’s like nothing more than a duty. Well, even if it’s a duty, it still brings this nice warm feeling of getting smarter and smarter with every page. In times of the internet, with its distractions and information overload, it’s harder and harder to find time and attitude to do such an easy thing as opening a book.

Oh, books. They are there, waiting to be enjoyed. Either printed on paper or downloaded to a tablet. Click or tap on the images below to see them in full resolution. 9 great infographics that promote reading 1. The role of reading in digital times doesn’t change. That’s why it is extremely important to “instill in our children a desire to read” and to give them the understanding of the impact it can have on the rest of their lives. ⇢ Credits and more info 2. . ⇢ Credits and more info 3. . ⇢ Credits and more info. » Overclock Your Reading Speed. This is a guest post from Kim Roach of The Optimized Life. In today’s Information Age, reading is now a prerequisite for success in life. In fact, many presidents, including Kennedy, have required their staff to take speed reading lessons.

Brian Tracy, a best-selling author, points out that just 1 hour per day of reading will make you an international expert in your chosen field within 7 years. If you’re looking to increase your learning rate while decreasing your effort, speed reading is a method you should consider studying. By simply learning how to process information at a more rapid rate, you’re not only going to be able to move through books more quickly, but you will also be able to comprehend and process more of what you have read. Speed reading is an excellent skill that can be used in your workplace, your home life, as well as your personal hobbies. The Brain’s Power Speed reading actually began as part of military training to identify enemy war planes. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Bookshelf Porn | StumbleUpon.com - StumbleUpon.

Reader request - bookshelves. Bookshelf Porn: Archive. The Curse of Reading and Forgetting. Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The title was familiar, as was the vibrant cover of the New York Review Books reissue.

One cent and $3.99 for shipping, and the book was on its way. A couple of weeks later, I opened to the first page and started reading. The passage that tipped me off is about the children’s pet cat, called Tabby, who has a penchant for “mortal sport” with snakes: Once he got bitten, and they all wept bitterly, expecting to see a spectacular death-agony; but he just went off into the bush and probably ate something, for he came back in a few days quite cock-a-hoop and as ready to eat snakes as ever. This passage is also characteristic of the novel more generally. Perhaps, though there is comfort to be had. FullBooks.com - Thousands of Full-Text Free Books.

Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years. Books The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist. Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. A famous author once said that novels are the best way for two human beings to connect with each other. I believe this, and I believe that people who do not find pleasure in words have never had the opportunity to read one of the great novels. The first introductions students often have to literature are stale century-old books that do not translate well to this new modern era. Frankly they are boring, and a lot of kids drift into the living room and turn on the television and stay glued for the rest of their lives. Music for Torching by A.M. First Sentence: ”It is after midnight on one of those Friday nights when the guests have all gone home and the host and hostess are left in their drunkenness to try and put things right again.”

As the only woman on the list, A. Fight Club The Road. Danteworlds - StumbleUpon. HEALTH PROFILE UNITED STATES. Hemingway's 'Sex Novel'? Outlandish Claims Used to Challenge Classic Novels. The many parental and professorial objections to the teaching of literature like To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, and more Harperluxe Yesterday, the American Library Association released its study of the most frequently challenged books of 2012, a list that includes classics and YA touchstones alike. But, of course, books have been challenged, banned, and removed from school curricula for years, and sometimes for the silliest (at least in retrospect) of reasons.

At the ALA's website, there's a list of some of the reasons behind the historical challenges of classic novels, and while some of them seem like run-of-the-mill complaints (parents do not like naughty language), others are... not so concrete, or more politically charged. Below are a few outrageous claims against favorites from the ALA's list. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. In 1963, parents in Columbus OH petitioned the school board to ban the novel, calling it "anti-white" and "obscene. " To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. 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.

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. I’ve largely outgrown this “genre” of late, but here are my picks for the ten most disturbing books of all time. Any one of these books is capable of leaving you feeling a little depressed at the least, and permanently scarred at the worst. I’d say enjoy, but that doesn’t really seem appropriate … 10. Blindness Blindness is a book with a truly horrifying scenario at it’s heart: what if everyone in the world were to lose their sight to disease in a short period of time?

9. Anti drug crusaders should stop airing goofy commercials that nobody takes seriously and start pushing to have Requiem For A Dream made required reading for every high schooler in the country. 8. Naked Lunc is another ode to drug addiction. 7. 6. The 16 Best Dystopian Books Of All Time. Dystopian novels—stories of the horrific future—are so common as to be almost forgettable. Here is a compilation of what I believe are the 16 greatest of the genre. I could happily list twice as many that are amazing, but these are the best. From the post-apocalyptic wasteland to deadly viruses to social malaise, all possible bad futures end here. 16. That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis Best known for his Narnia novels, CS Lewis also wrote a trilogy dealing with visiting other planets—well the first two books did. 15. Wow, can you get more polar opposite of CS Lewis than Margaret Atwood?

14. While perhaps not as well known as some, John Christopher (the pen name of Samuel Youd) wrote a fantastic trilogy of young adult novels, set in a far future where the world has reverted to a feudal society after a global ecological disaster. 13. This novel, combined with Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide are all you need to face the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 15 timeless observations from history's greatest dystopian novels. The dystopian novel has a long, dark and intriguing history. Kicking off in 1726 with Jonathan Swift’s rip-roaring satire Gulliver’s Travels, it’s gone through numerous transformations in the last three centuries.

One thing all these books share, though, is that they make us think long and hard about the societies we live in. Evolving not simply as a response to fictional utopian concerns, but also as a response to the prevalent or ominous ideals and politics of the writer’s time, the dystopian novel tends to use its make-believe guise as a front to critique the ideologies under which they’ve been forged. However, they also include enduring wisdom, which can be just as relevant to contemporary readers. To show just how relevant, we’ve unearthed 15 timeless insights from 15 of history’s greatest dystopias. “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” 1984 — George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury “You cannot buy the revolution.

50 Novels to Read When You Need a Good Laugh. Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?” Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections.

Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Audible.com. Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series that you can now download online. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) Tyson concludes by saying: “If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.” He has also added some more thoughts in the comments section below, saying: Thanks for this ongoing interest in my book suggestions. H/T goes to Galley Cat. Goodreads. 10 Novels That Are Scarier Than Most Horror Movies. 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.

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 CIPHER Kathe Koja. Literature's Ten Most Disturbing Sociopaths.

10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read. What are the Top Must Read Books For Men? There are books that you read, and there are books that change your life. The list compiled below is an indication of some of the best books to read. From an infinite list of books, these 10 are ones that have defined generations and inspired countless authors. Some are a basis of what it is to be a man in today’s culture; to face fears and fight through them, to fight for justice and what is right, embracing the leader in us and leading a life of integrity.

Men and woman everywhere, we give you, 10 Books Every Man Must Read. So Gentlemen, here is the Top 10 List Of Books To Read For Every Man: 1. The epic adventure of Edmond Dantès and how he spent 14 years in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit, will keep you hooked to the point where your friends and family will be concerned for your well-being. 2. The Screwtape Letters is an utterly original book by C. 3. 4. 5. We Recommend the Amazon Kindle as the best e-book reader 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. A List of Books | 623 of the Best Books Ever Written. Top 25 Best Fantasy Books. The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend.

Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow... I can truthfully say that Jordan is the King of Fantasy, if not in complexity, then in page count. Robert Jordan harkens back to the old school days where village boys and dark lords chase each other endlessly across a landscape.

Jordan takes the classic fantasy trappings laid out by Tolkien, and weaves together a massively complex tapestry of politics, kingdoms, and magic. Yes, this book is still on the Top 25 list, despite the vehement protests left by people attacking or defending Jordan in the comment section for this book (some of the comments are quite humorous). If you are a fan of audiobooks (I am, I prefer audiobooks over reading!) 50 best cult books.

Top 100 Fiction | Best Books. A contemporary list, with an international flavour and a respect for the classics, The Best Books: Top 100 Novels of All Time list contains many of the great works of fiction you'd expect, but with a few surprises to add a little spice to the collection. Which books would you omit and which would you add to our list? Please let us know in the comments section below. 1. Brave New World By Aldous Huxley "Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English. " 2. By Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment is one of the most important novels of the nineteenth century. 3. By George Orwell Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. 4.

By Leo Tolstoy Published to coincide with the centenary of Tolstoy's death, here is an exciting new edition of one of the great literary works of world literature. 5. By J. A modern classic, this early novel by Nobel Laureate J. 6. By Joseph Heller 7. 8. 9. The Modern Library: the 200 best novels in English since 1950. 50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years. In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years.

Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE. All the books on this list have been enormously influential. The books we chose required some hard choices. Because influence tends to be measured in years rather than months, it’s much easier to put older books (published in the 60s and 70s) on such a list than more recent books (published in the last decade).

We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 45. Books that will induce a mindfuck (idea)@Everything2.com. Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre.

Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels List « Modern Library. This Infographic Shows that a Story Can Hit Big Without the Internet. Suggested Reading List. The 50 best books for kids (slide show) The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14. The best 100 opening lines from books. Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade.

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Anthology of English Literature. Voynich manuscript. The Beautiful Mystery of the Codex Seraphinianus, the World's Weirdest Book. Oxford University Presents the 550-Year-Old Gutenberg Bible in Spectacular, High-Res Detail. Codex Seraphinianus. The-witches-frolic. Programmable, 19th century, 6,000-piece automaton: the Writer. I'll Never Ever Look At Books The Same Again After Seeing These Hidden Messages. Wow. Heart - Shaped Books. The Original Kindle: six-books-bound-in-one. Now you too can buy a copy of perhaps the strangest book ever made. The Mysterious Book That Nobody Can Read Or Decipher. The Necronomicon Anti-FAQ.

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If on a winter's night a traveler. The Borges boom: he may be dead, but his legacy remains strong. Jorge Luis Borges. 220, Imre Kertész. House of Leaves.