As the title says ^...Just trying to get some literary inspiration!
"The Double Helix" by Watson and Crick, for historical reason.
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" - for your own self-exploration
"Devil in the White City" - It is THE best non-fiction book that I've ever read. If you're a Chicagoan, or curious about the city, this is a book for you.
I second Devil in the White City. (Erik Larson)
About the time I read that I was also on a Simon Winchester kick:
The Professor and the Madman
The Map that Changed the World
Not sure exactly what is meant by "non-physics", but you should check out The Second Creation by Crease & Mann - it's a fascinating read.
The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, if you're interested in fantasy.
If not, a good Grisham novel is always nice :D
Warning: The Wheel of Time series is more of a Romance novel with elements of fantasy. Read the first 3 and call it good.
I am currently working on the Camolud series by Jack Whyte. A bit long but has some good history.
Some sort of chemistry or math book perhaps?
Read biographies on musicians.
If youre into fantasy, then check out the Eragon series. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence is brilliant. I just bought that book for my mom. Read Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It THE best book Ive read.
Books that are not about physics?! Blasphemy!
Yeah, i like WoT, too bad about the author though.
CO2 and the sac by john bunion
the foundation series is good.
Neal stephenson- Cryptomnicon or if you have a spare month , The Baroque Cycle
If you've not read it you must read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series.
lol no one reads classical literature anymore?
crime and punishment
pride and prejudice
uncle tom's cabin
autobiography malcom x
classics > *
but if you must read contemporary fiction then read:
lolita by nabokov
but read it very very slowly as the diction is exquisite and is to be savored.
I read Don Quixote recently. Not being familiar with the "history of knight errantry", the bible, or much of Spanish history I was unfortunately unable to understand most of the more intellectual material. That left me primarily with the toilet humour and slapstick which I did not much care for. It was tough going with lots of footnotes to read. Not a book I would recommend to anyone less than a bibliophile.
Dumas and Poe are my only real favourite classic writers. I think all of my others lived into the 20th century.
IMO the best book of that sort of genre would be John Bunyan's - The Pilgrim's Progress. Although written in the 17th C it is still very readable.
I tried reading lolita. You're right, the book is brilliant where its prose is concerned, but after a point I just couldnt bring myself to pick it up. The matter it deals with disturbs me in a way I cant quite figure out. The initial parts were all right, but when they start touring america...
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