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What is the best book you’ve ever read?
Preferably pick one fiction and one non fiction.

Best non fiction book I’ve ever read is definitely “A new rational guide to living”. No contest. If I could only read and share one book for the rest of my life, it would be this one.

Basically, it explains that emotions are caused by activating events, which are interpreted by your belief system. There are both rational responses to events, and irrational ones. You tell yourself things that cause you to feel a certain way. Rightfully calling something unfortunate is different from calling it horrible and how it shouldn’t have happened.

Couple days ago something happened personally, and I started thinking those things “oh how horrible, how could this have happened, etc”. Then I caught myself and realized; “Nothing really changed, did it? It’s unfortunate that it happened, but that’s all it is; it’s not ‘horrible’ etc”

It’s a bit difficult to explain, I’ll post my whole notes when I finish them.

A New Rational Guide to Living
Best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. No contest. Extremely recommended.

Share what book has influenced your life the most? What is the best book you’ve read? Which book should everyone read? Why and how did it influence your life?

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Non-fiction: any of a number of history books, either Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich or FDR's biography.
Fiction: Probably Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath.
 

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Kathy's nominations in the best/worst ever books category:

Best non-fiction book ever read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.
Worst non-fiction book ever read: The Bible Code, by Michael Drosnin

Best fiction book ever read: 1974, by George Orwell.
Worst fiction book ever read: To the Lighthouse, by Viginia Woolf
 
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