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Ask HN: What book impacted your life the most and how?

alok-g: For contributing to helping me come out of excessive questioning of everything (philosophy) to science that helps towards actually answering the questions answerable.

Ask HN: Books you read in 2016?

perseusprime11: This was a great read that resets you and puts things in perspective.

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Ask HN: Which book have you re-read recently?

boca: Excellent book. The first time I started reading it, I couldn't grasp it and stopped after a few pages. But then picked it up again in 2015 and read it in one sitting. It's a wonderful little book. To be honest, I don't think I can sum up how it felt but it was liberating. ...

jaggednad: I highly recommend it. Takes only 4-5 hours cover to cover

hunvreus: 3rd time; learned something knew every time.

Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?

superplussed: Had a big impact on me when I was a teenager. The message I took from it is to not depend on teachers, mentors, or answers-from-above, and instead forge your own path in this world.

Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?

vinayan3: The main character Siddhartha experiences many different lives in search of true enlightenment. The book is so well written and way certain things are described are incredible.

aakash58: The restlessness and questioning (epitomized when he leaves Buddha) that results in a fascinating journey of self-discovery and openness to experiences has been inspirational.

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Ask HN: What are your favorite books of all time, and why?

matthewvincent: This was a book I read in my early twenties that really helped me come to terms with a religious upbringing that no longer resonated with me, as well as a spiritual void in my life that needed to be filled. Seriously life changing stuff and so easy to read. Definitely the most accessible Hesse.

Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect?

acrodrig: I think it's the closest I have come to understanding "enlightenment" (whatever it may mean for each person). Give it a try.

XJahdai: It taught me in a subtle way about what's really important instead of just material stuff

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Ask HN: What was the one book that you read and it actually changed your life?

madmax108: Truly a life-changing book for me, and no wonder it's been popular for over half a century!

sloaken: It is the one book I always re-read every couple of years.

Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?

asdff: It is a short read, but it really grounds me and I always interpret it slightly differently based on what is going on in my life.

greensoup: Sometimes when I feel a bit sad I remind myself to read a few chapters. It reminds me what I find important in life. What I can ask from myself and from other. It gives me joy in a good way.

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Ask HN: Best books you read in the past decade?

ljm: It's 50 pages long, just read it.

Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?

Denzel: I recommend it to everybody that asks for a life-changing book. Truly a piece of art.