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text 2015-08-27 03:11
Spiritual but not religious books list
By Sam Harris Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] - Sam Harris
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch,Jeffrey Zaslow
Mortality - Christopher Hitchens
Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - Michel Onfray,Jeremy Leggatt
The Little Prince & Letter to a Hostage - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne,Ernest H. Shepard
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker

A friend post this on FB on spiritual but not religious books.

 

This books list suck.

 

Could I do better? 

 

Let me try.

 

1 Sam Harris Waking up.  I've read this one and it is about an atheist searching for the spiritual experience through meditation and drug. Nice and honest tone. 

 

By Sam Harris Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] - Sam Harris

 

 

2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Even if he was a bit overly optimistic, to try and live your dream in this limited life time is still a good meditative tool. Ask yourself what you want instead of listening of what society what it wants from you. 

 

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

 

3. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens is his last unfinished work. It is a good book to contemplate on death. 

 

Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

 

4. The Atheist Manifesto is a thoughtful book on what atheists could do to improve the world. Couldn't get more spiritual than trying to help save the world. 

 

Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - Michel Onfray, Jeremy Leggatt

 

5. The Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry teaches us all lessons on life and what is important. 

 

 

The Little Prince & Letter to a Hostage - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

6. Winnie the Pooh books teach us about friendship and how to deal with disappointment. 

 

Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard

 

7. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins teach us that we are as a sub specie of ape could do so much to see the world as it is, instead of what we want it to be. 

 

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

 

8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker make me rethink my own understanding of human nature, quite a lot tinted by religious bullshit forced fed to me when I was too young to resist. To know this nature of human is to learn how to trust humans from a neutral position. 

 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Steven Pinker

 

So there you go. Here is my list of spiritual but not religious books. I think it is a good list. But it is very likely that I learned more than I think from books. 

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text 2015-08-18 13:03
Books about games playing
The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
All You Need Is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

There should be more, but these 3 just comes out on top. 

 

First one. The classic. The Player of games. I have not read it, but the premise is awesome. This is as much a story about game players, which allows us to rethink culture. 

 

Get this on my to read pile. 

 

The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks

 

2. All you need is kill is actually the book that Edge of Tomorrow movie is based on. Honestly, Edge of Tomorrow is a much lamer title. If you think about it, the whole story is about learning how to play a game. The main character died and then the game is reset to allow the player to go back to the moment he "saved" the game. He got this until he defeated the monster and go to the next level. The setting is the same, but the main character changed and become more skillful. 

 

All You Need Is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka

 

3. Ready Player One is another book based on games playing. The winner get the treasure at the end. I have not read this one, but I bought it already and this one is already in my to-read pile. 

 

Ready Player One: A Novel - Ernest Cline

 

I do wonder if there are more books out there that based on books. 

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text 2015-08-18 02:40
Recommend Away!

Why not get caught up in the Recommend Away fervour? Here are a few of my own recommendations.

 

Start to a series: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

By an author who's written over five books total: The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan

Classic Literature: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

In a world with dragons: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Debut book of any author: Starscape by Benita J. Prins

General fantasy: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Series finale: The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A love story: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I LOVE this book)

By an author who's dead: all the Jeeves novels by P.G. Wodehouse

Childhood favourite: Penrod by Booth Tarkington

A long book (450 pp minimum): Voyage to Alpha Centauri by Michael O'Brien

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text 2015-08-17 00:04
Recommend Away - Lacey Style
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Peyton Place - Grace Metalious,Ardis Cameron
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
Ariel - Steven R. Boyett
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2) - Margaret Atwood
Rumpled - Lacey Louwagie

So, a few weeks ago A Throne of Books started this awesome recommendation meme that's getting lots of buzz on Booklikes. I can't resist a good book meme on a Sunday afternoon, so I'm going to go for it! (I'm also going to start following A Throne of Books because I love her enthusiasm!)

 

1. Favorite books in all categories: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

2. Start to a series: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
3. By an author who's written over 5 books total: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
4. Classic Literature: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
5. Banned Books: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
6. Featuring an assassin: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
7. In a world with Dragons: Ariel by Steven Boyett
8. Male Main Character: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
9. Female Main Character: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
10. Retelling of another story: Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
11. Book with a Gorgeous Cover: The Scent of God by Beryl Singleton Bissell
12. Debut book of any author: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
13. Fantasy in general: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Baker
14. Finale for a series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
15. Graphic Novel: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
16. That you paid over $15 for (and was worth every penny): Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
17. Published after 2010: Various Positions by Martha Schabas
18. Featuring a Princess/Prince or Queen/King: The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
19. Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
20. You read because it was a bestseller: The only book I can think of reading *because* it was a bestseller was Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, which I wouldn't recommend
21. Involving drugs: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
22. Memoir: If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Murder, Love, and Liberation by Janine Latus

23. Favorite completed series as a whole: The Chaos Walking Trilogy

24. Book with witches/warlocks: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
25. Historical Fiction: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
26. Ugly Cry book: My Cat Saved My Life by Phillip Schriebman
27. Realistic Fiction: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
28. Dystopia: The Giver by Lois Lowry
29. Time Travel: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
30. Elf or Dwarf Main character: Rumpled by Lacey Louwagie

31. Favorite incomplete series either by you or not yet finished by author: The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer

32. Literary Fiction: Loverboy by Victoria Redel
33. Non-Fiction (Anything, cookbook, self-help, etc): Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month by Deborah Taylor-Hough
34. Middle Grade Novel: Doll Bones by Holly Black
35. Includes sword/knife fighting: Swordborn by Jennifer Roberson
36. Something mysterious is afoot: The Shadows by Jacqueline West
37. Diverse Reads (main character non-white/non-straight): Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
38. Wanderlust book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
39. Unreliable Narrator: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
40. Character with mental illness: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
41. Sci-fi in general: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
42. Paranormal Main Character: The Eye of the Wolf by Marie Zhuikov
43. Horror: The Barter by Siobhan Adcock
44. Books with murder in them: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
45. Set in a time of war (real or fictional): Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
46. Set in the place you live: Plover Landing by Marie Zhuikov
47. Book with servants in some manner: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
48. Book eventually adapted to a movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
49. Book you've read more than once: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
50. A Good Zombie Book: Zombies v. Unicorns by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black
51. A love story: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert
52. Set in space: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
53. Multiple POV: The Realm of Possibility by David Leviathan
54. Erotic for people who don't read erotic novels: Once Upon a Dyke by Karin Kallmaker

55. Written by an author who has died (recently or a very long time ago): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

56. Written by an author who is still living: Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

57. Childhood favorite: Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames

58. A long book (Let's say at least 450 pages minimum): The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

59. Young Adult book in general: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

60. Adult book in general: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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text 2015-08-12 04:52
Recommend Away - My List

Started by A Throne of Books.

 

1. Favorite books in all categories - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

7. In a world with Dragons - His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

8. Male Main Character - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
9. Female Main Character - The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

12. Debut book of any author - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

13. Fantasy in general - Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

17. Published after 2010 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

23. Favorite completed series as a whole - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

24. Book with witches/warlocks - The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
25. Historical Fiction - All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

31. Favorite incomplete series either by you or not yet finished by author - In Death series by J.D. Robb

33. Non-Fiction (Anything, cookbook, self-help, etc) - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

34. Middle Grade Novel - My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian by Elizabeth Levy 

43. Horror - Ring by Koji Suzuki

44. Books with murder in them - Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson
45. Set in a time of war (real or fictional) - Semper Fi by W.E.B Griffin

49. Book you've read more than once - Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie faria Stolarz

52. Set in space - Old Man's War by John Scalzi

59. Young Adult book in general - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

60. Adult book in general - The Memory of Water by Karen White

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