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Hi everyone.

I have found myself so often lately reading whatever everyone else is reading -- usually whatever Taylor has downloaded and left in our Nook library. But the last year or so, that's all felt pretty superficial. Finishing, for example, Boneshaker or The Magicians or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I have almost the exact feeling I get from watching an Oscar nominee two years later: That's it? Why was this such a big deal?

I have to believe that books, like movies, get caught up in a buzz, and I think I understand why. The enjoyment you get out of your media is not measured solely from how you feel while reading it. Part of it is the excitement of being able to talk about it with your peers or -- jackpot! -- recommend it as something new. This is great if you're a fast reader, but I tend to be a year or two behind on everything, so when I finish something, no one cares anymore. (Not even me.)

So I'm asking my friends to dig deep here and come up with a few recommendations of books with meat. I'm looking to have a truly engrossing experience with a book. For the purposes of this post, I'd like any recommendations to be:

-Over 15 years old


-Something you read repeatedly, at least 2 times with every intention of reading it again


-Something that you don't think you'll read again, but that, upon first reading, changed the way you think about the world in a profound way

For me, here are a few works that fit this definition:

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Dirk Gently series
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Sheep Look Up

Those are all works of fiction, but I'm happy to take nonfiction suggestions. And don't worry if it's something common. There are plenty of things I've never read.

Alternatively, if you're on Goodreads and would like to follow me and make suggestions there, my profile is

Thanks for your advice.

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