This is a discussion on The INFP book thread. within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by Pop Crimes It's all literature! literature! Question: in the deepest, darkest, poverty-stricken winter, would you burn your ...
The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
The Center of the World.
Book of laughter and forgetting.
Undressing the Moon.
Ryan White:my story
Missing May(kids book that will always have this place in my heart)
Looking for alaska
sex ,drugs and cocoa puffs
Perks of being a wallflower
Here is a VERY, VERY abridged list:
Every single word ever written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Jack Kerouac.
Cosmos - Carl Sagan
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupery
Candide - Voltaire
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Watership Down - Richard Adams
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
The Last Temptation of Christ - Nikos Kazantzakis
Don Quixote de la Mancha - Miguel de Cervantes
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
the Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes from the Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Journeys in English - Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
Series & Comics:
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien (also: The Hobbit and The Silmarillion)
the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Dune - Frank Herbert
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
Optic Nerve - Adrian Tomine
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Scott Pilgrim - Brian Lee O'Malley
I love sci-fi... Dune was good, but the author makes up a lot of words and stuff to sound smart. "physical combat" becomes "the weirding way"
I just finished The lost king, by Margeret Weis. It was beyond excellent.
Micheal Crichton books are good, except for the excessive language.
Anaïs Nin diaries
Anything by A. A. Milne, E. B. White, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Roald Dahl
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Peter and Wendy by Sir James M. Barrie
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
The Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis
Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Candide by Voltaire
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Grendel by John Gardner
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I'm also sort of really into short stories at the moment, though I don't know if they count. I love "The Falling Girl" by Dino Buzzati, "The Elephant" by Slawomir Mrozek, "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck, and "The Doll Queen" by Carlos Fuentes. Those were all in this one short story compilation I came across.
The best Sci-Fi and fantasy writing doesn't just tell a story - it draws you into a world. Frank Herbert could easily have said "the Bene Gesserit used their minds as well as their bodies to fight" ; it would have been short, simple, to-the-point, and boring. All languages derive from, and are reflections of the cultures that produce them. If you want to successfully "sell" a fictional society, your characters' vocabularies and speech have to fit them personally AND culturally.
Looking For Alaska-John Green
Water For Elephants-Sara Gruen
Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter Series-J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
My all-time favourites:
We - Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ - Jose Saramago (RIP)
The prose (and poetry) of JL Borges (!!!)
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake (even though I haven't finished it yet ...)
Terry Pratchett in general.
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The Road and Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Isobelle Carmody's books
... and that's all I can think of at the moment