I am ready to start a new book, after I spent last night crying for the souls of the last book I've read. I have already asked a couple of friends for suggestions, and they gave some good ones, but I thought I'd ask more of my friends on here!
This is what I want: A book that will help me grow to be a better and wiser person.
What novels have changed the way you viewed the world? How so? Any favorite (non-spoiler) quotes from said novels?
My personal favorites are things like Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, 1984, Stranger in a Strange Land, and Kafka on the Shore.
Self-help books are sometimes good and sometimes not. I'm okay with the idea, but generally I've personally found a lot more wisdom in fiction. Favorite nonfiction genre books I've liked were Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth (though I did not like Power of Now) and I like just about anything David Sedaris ever wrote...
There is only one book which I have ever really disliked so much that I was literally sour and annoyed with every page turn. That is Notes from the Underground. I loathed that protagonist as much as he loathed himself. I had no one to root for. Nothing to care about. Maybe that was the point, but I'm going to avoid books such as that in the future. It should be enjoyable to read and intelligent, in my opinion. Or at least, that's what I'm searching for!