Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: What book impacted your life the most and how?
rgera: Inspired me to go after my dreams.
Ask HN: Books you read in 2016?
laxatives: Reread one of my favorites of all time
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Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?
habosa: The book I've read more than any other, a beautiful parable about finding one's place in the world.
Ask HN: What books have most influenced the way you see the world?
philippz: Because it wonderfully describes the journey of an entrepreneur
Ask HN: What's one book that changed your life?
TheAlchemist: This book is pure gold, however one has to approach it with a right mindset. It's not the best literature, per se, you will ever read, but if you take a deeper look, it's very simple, yet very profound.
Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
habosa: The closest thing in my life to a religious text. Just a beautiful story that I can recall at any time for some calm.
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Ask HN: Recommend one book I need to read this summer?
nestorherre: Short fiction book with a marvelous message about following your dreams and believing in yourself.
Ask HN: Best books you read in the past decade?
catchmeifyoucan: I found The Alchemist to be pretty influential on following your “personal legend”. Great book if deep down you want to do something and are putting it off.
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Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?
humanarity: Help you read the signs from the heart of the World for your own path
habosa: I have read it at least ten times (it only takes about two hours). It's something like meditation in a book for me, it allows me to reset my mind and gain perspective whenever I am overly stressed or anxious.
chimmychonga: I had to read it back in high as part of my AP Lit course. It's not a very long book but it is very well written and teaches you to enjoy life and live out your dreams.
Ask HN: What is the most mind blowing book you've ever read?
afshinmeh: I've read it several times and each time I found something interesting that I didn't notice.