Highly recommend Herman Hesse with Siddhartha - You will drink the words in very quickly. Follows the lifes journey of Siddhartha and buddhism in general. It will pull your brain apart and put it back together in the most wonderful way. Promise. Also check out the Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain - if you have a Kindle or e-reading device you can pick it up for free and it is a very worthy read indeed. Inspired this freaky bit of claymation; [link]
The-Theory-LizFeatured By OwnerJan 1, 2013Hobbyist Writer
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche Gender Trouble by Judith Butler Identity/Difference by William E. Connolly
Those are philosophy works, and they ALL changed my life (and the person who introduced them to me too).
In terms of works of fiction? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury--inspired me to start writing A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle- the first chapter book I have ever read (on my own and not for school) and loved every single moment of it. Far Afield by Susanna Kaysen--super character insights as well as some fantastic prose War for the Oaks by Emma Bull--a personal favorite and I loved this book for so many reasons. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman--first introduction to Gaiman, and great characters. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens--one of the best books in the English language. Ever. anything by William Shakespeare who, in all honesty, is a brilliant for the plays and poetry he writes.
There is only one book that has made me cry and that is "A Child Called It" by David Pelzer, and it changed me.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak changed my perception of writing forever and also my perception on life as well. To top it off, I met him and was able to tell him to that in person, and he was deeply humbled and wrote that in the autograph I obtained from him.