Books! Self-help, fiction, non-fiction and more, sometimes you don’t know where to begin. We took to reddit and found someone had posed the question “What book absolutely blew your mind?” Check out these 32 responses from some users. I’ve added a few must-reads to my list!
1. Very direct
Thinking Fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman
2. Blessings and curses
Flowers for Algernon absolutely hit me hard.
It really made me think about intelligence and knowledge as a blessing and a curse. The whole “ignorance is bliss” versus “once you see, you cannot un-see” concept really made me think about knowledge in a whole new light.
Also, it completely twisted my brain with the internal debate of whether romance is based more on personality match or intelligence match.
3. Can you fail this test?
The Psychopath Test. The most intriguing part is a true story of a man who fakes insanity to get off on an assault charge, but spends many years (even after he would have been out of prison), locked up in a mental health facility.
He keeps trying to tell them that he’s not insane, but no one believes him. He acts passive and calm, and they say that he can’t be sane because he is thriving in the mental hospital and a normal man would be angry.
So he acts angry and tries to prove he doesn’t belong there, and they say his psychosis is progressing.
….How do you prove you’re sane?
If you give a mouse a cookie Basically taught me appeasement before first grade.
100 years of solitude. It gave me Goosebumps.
Maybe also, Love in the Time of Cholera. Epic.
“A brief history of time” time dilation made me put the book down and consider it for a week until my peasant brain accepted/understood it.
Where fiction becomes reality: Describes cryptocurrency, 7 years before BitCoin was created.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami or any of his works, for that matter. The guy portrays the metaphysical so poetically that it actually feels tangible. It’s mind-blowing.
9. Stick with it
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
A long read, worth every page.
It’s slow early, but picks up pace very fast.
Sigmund Freud called it “the most magnificent book ever written”.