[INTJ] Top 10 Must Read Books for Your Children

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This is a discussion on Top 10 Must Read Books for Your Children within the INTJ Forum - The Scientists forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Let's assume your kids are getting ready for college. Which 10 books would you make sure they'll read? My list ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Top 10 Must Read Books for Your Children

    Let's assume your kids are getting ready for college.

    Which 10 books would you make sure they'll read?

    My list in alphabetical order:

    48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene - When it comes to morality and ethics, people are used to thinking in terms of black and white. Conversely, "The 48 Laws of Power" deals primarily with the gray areas. At the risk of sounding melodramatic and trite, I say that most of the Laws covered in this book can be used for great evil or for great good. And that's exactly what I want my children to discover on their own.

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - When superior life forms come to write the history of the extinct human race, they will cite this distinctly unhelpful self-help book masquerading as literature as a turning point in our decline. This will help them to regain their strength from various setbacks in both personal and academic life.

    The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx - Throughout history few theories have been as influential and as all encompassing as that of Marx however, serious horrors and abuses in the name of communism came when power-hungry megalomaniacs got their hands on it. A good way to look at the communist Manifesto is like medication for society.

    The Elements of Style by William Struck - I don't think my children need to be a writer to get this book. If they simply want to perfect their own writing for their own sake, have a read and I'm sure they will learn a few new things.

    The Giver by Lois Lowry - What are we striving towards? What is the perfect world we envision? What would it cost us? These are the questions which I definitely want to make my children think.

    How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - His advice is so obvious and so easy, so how come it's so difficult to do yourself and so rarely found in others? Is it cynicism or manipulation? No, it's human nature: "Do Unto Others" and that's what I want them to keep remembering.

    Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky - Chomsky is, by vocation, a linguist. While he is also an accomplished social critic, it is also interesting for my children to see the study that made him a social critic.

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - A lucrative, eloquent, teeth-pulling exercise in stating the obvious, including the fact that New Yorker journalists who have a successful book with a catchy title under their belt are more likely to have another commissioned. This book surely will spark their minds.

    Paper Towns by John Green - The author even says he writes for high school/college age people. It's laugh-out-loud funny, not to mention it's really deep. It really makes you question whether or not you're really seeing the people in your life, and not just making them into 'paper people.'

    The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman - Friedman makes specific recommendations about the technical and creative training he believes will be needed to compete in the New Middle class. And that is what I want him to be aware of.

    Other types are more than welcome to submit your picks.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Not all of these are books as I have found very few books to be life altering. My list in order of personal importance:

    1. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. A brief book on personal choice and power.

    2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey. Expands the thoughts in Frankl's book and teaches the how of personal empowerment.

    3. Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson (also the preamble to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights). Representative of the foundations of personal accountability. Also, bastardized too frequently by modern American politicians because too few people really know the underlying principles of the country.

    4. Select Biblical stories such as the ones about Moses, Noah, Abraham, Jesus, Paul, etc. Teaches pervasive cultural references.

    5. Select Greek, Roman, and Mesopotamian mythology, particularly those that are 'amazingly' similar to the Biblical stories. Teaches that the Biblical stories are not original or unique.

    6. Penguin Atlas of Ancient History. Teaches the movement of ancient peoples and explains why the mythologies of various cultures are similar.

    7. Various Dr. Seuss stories, particularly The Lorax and Sneetches. Teaches basic values and principles in easy, catchy language.

    8. Various Shakespeare plays and sonnets. Culturally necessary like the Biblical stories but also a complex exploration in language.

    9. Something by Stephen Hawking. Because everyone needs to be smacked upside the head with how ridiculous dogma is.

    10. At least one fiction book that captures her imagination enough, and is deep enough, that she can enjoy reading it repeatedly. Because everyone needs to have something that serves as inspiration and is a reliable way to spend a rainy weekend away from the digital gadgets.

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    Unknown Personality

    1. The Berenstein Bears

    2. The Little Train That Could

    3. The Boxcar Kids

    4. Journey to the Center of the Earth

    5. Little House on the Prairie

    Did I do this right.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--Through the Looking Glass
    2. Tom Sawyer
    3. Moby Dick
    4. Assortment of Shakespeare
    5. Winnie the Pooh
    6. Call of the Wild, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Shiloh
    7. The collection of Roald Dahl
    9. The collection of A Series of Unfortunate Events
    10. Collection of Bronte sisters
    Last edited by SadLuckDame; 01-18-2012 at 03:20 PM.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Sun Tzu - The Art of War
    Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man
    Albert Camus - The Stranger
    Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
    Shakespeare - Hamlet
    Shakespeare - Julius Caesar
    Jules Verne - Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Hermann Heese - Siddhartha
    Elie Wiesel - Night
    Joseph Heller - Catch-22
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