What Are Your Favorite Books That Changed the Way You Think?

Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse.

Let’s revive this thread and see if people have any more book recommendations. :slight_smile:

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Hello Everyone,
There are so many great books that I have read that have profoundly influenced me. Many of them, as for us all, are deeply personal. I love “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff, “The Places That Scare You” by Pema Chodron, and “Letters To A Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. I could of course go on and on and on but I’ll stop with the three that popped into my head today.

James P.

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Feel free to post as many as you want. There is plenty of room. :slight_smile:

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Thanks. I’ll add a few over the coming weeks to keep this thread bumped.


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Here are a few book list resources that people might be interested in:

There is Greater Books, which compiles many lists of great books. They have a shortlist of 487 books that commonly appear on many of the lists, as well as a longer list.

Five Books looks like an interesting site where experts recommend their five favorite books on a subject.

There’s also a thread on how to read 200 books per year.


Thanks for the links. I’ll check them out and see what they have to offer.

James P.

@fastertomaster Arthur Worsley who runs the site Faster2Master has created many curated book lists. We get some curated list for reference to create our own using his lists even if they are opinionated.

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In general my mind was shaped with passion to find answers, all significant details of anything i was intersted in. Even though i’ve chosen medicine to study, i always want to go deeper than that. Physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry. It seems necessary for me. I plan to read Feynman Lectures on Physics someday.
From the beggining of 2019 i’ve read a couple of books that really got strong impact on me.
Here’s the list:
Rationality: “Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality” and “Rationality: From AI to Zombies” by Eliezer Yudkowsky.
Influence:The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
Republic by Plato
Rhetoric by Aristotle

For now I’m really interested in decision making and cognitive biases theme. I have almost finished “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman and still read from time to time “Rationality: From AI to Zombies”
I’m also planning to start “Games of Strategy” By Avinash and Douglas Hofstadter’s “Godel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid”


Happiness Beyond Thought by Gary Weber is probably my top book. It has very good texts to memorize in it too for helping one reduce thoughts.

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I’m going to have to noodle on this one. I have so few books that I haven’t put in boxes. I have Euclid’s elements on the coffee table but have never gone past book 1.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance was probably one of the key moments where I moved from fiction to nonfiction and then was never really interested in it again.

A History of Mathematics by Boyer changed my outlook on mathematics from indifference to a life long fascination.

The Feynman’s lecture series created a permanent confusion in how I see the physical world and continue to try to come to terms with illusion, reality, philosophy and facts.

I think the bigger issue in this post is that I need to invest in some more of the worlds greatest books.


The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.

According to the author it is still the most highlighted book on Kindle ten years after it was published.

Geometry Revisited by HSM Coxeter. Made me fall in love with geometry!

I had finished most of the book in 10th grade, except some questions and the last chapter on projective geometry, which I consider boring. It is much more interesting to consider conics in PG(2,R) with homogenized coordinates as compared to jumping at them with classical techniques, which is quite tedious.

Also, Unscripted by MJ DeMarco is great.


The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

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Here’s a new, related topic for people who are interested in audiobooks: The Great Courses on Audible and free lectures on YouTube


Rich dad, poor dad.
Posted by Robert Kiyosaki.


I finished Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and would recommend it.


Hello everyone,

First of all, thank you for all the recommendations.
I found a lot, which I didnt know before.

As a student the book “A mind for numbers” by Barbara Oakley helped me a lot.
Furthermore the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear gives a really good insight into the world of habits.

Kind regards

sirc :slight_smile:


Read Rich Dad, Poor Dad… And did nothing… dammit.