That book caused a complete change in outlook for me too, it was a revelation to find a culture in which sex was taboo, just bad sex, really made me think.
There's a book which I'm sure no one will have heard of which is called "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart", it can appear a little pessimistic and I'm not sure I'd actually befriend the guy who is the author in real life but a hell of a lot of true grit wisdom in there. Wish that I'd read it when I was in like my early teens or something. And been smart enough not to just dismiss it.
Anne of Green Gables series L M Montgomery
Arthur Mee Children's Encyclopaedia
Encyclopaedia Brittanica Junior
The Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
The Water Babies Charles Kingsley
The Poems of Banjo Patterson
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out - lectures and interviews of Richard Feynman
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Ishmael and My Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
The Witching Hour (and the Vampire Chronicles) - Anne Rice
Ecotopia - Ernest Callenbach
Most of the works of the following:
the urban fantasies of Charles de Lint
The feminist SciFi of Sherri S Tepper
Asimov & Heinlein
The Prophet - Gibran
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam
A Child's Garden of Verses - Robert Louis Stephenson
War and Peace - Tolstoy
ADHD a Different Perception - and other books, political, philosophical and spiritual by Thom Hartmann
Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos - Lucy Jo Palladino
Please Understand Me II - David Keirsey
In the Mind's Eye - Thomas G. West
and soooo many more but these few are the most significant over half a life time and a bit more
"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible." — Richard P. Feynman
"Never tell a person a thing is impossible. G*d/the Universe may have been waiting all this time for someone ignorant enough of the impossibility to do just that thing." author unknown
I got so sucked into it I totally forgot about getting obsessed with boybands. I'm grateful for that.
Hehe. Fantastic. That's a very good thing!
I'm sure Harry Potter has changed a lot of people's lives. Especially kids who weren't into reading until it came out. Of course, the movies probably kind of ruined that in a way, although of course the books are way better and anyone who only sees the movies is missing out. (But I still love the movies.)
Another one for me, or rather a series:
The Anastasia books by Lois Lowry. I want to raise my kids the way Anastasia's parents raise her in the books.
Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.
The Fevre Dream really changed my life, its awesome tale and some how about friendship. I read it when I was trying to put this girl I'd been seeing out my head and it worked. Very few things did at that time.
I Am Legend I remember, in the Sci Fi Masterworks edition with a clawing vampire on the cover, I remember seeing it in the shop and the cover totally grabbed my attention, it was more money than I had to spend back then but I spent it and risked having to skip a meal or two and it was awesome! Few books have really held my attention like that, I was lonely at that time despite having people around, and it really helped, I've re-read it if I get into turmoil.
Also a book I read but I dont remember all of it or remember how it finishes is Primo Levi's If Not Now When, it was about Jewish partisans during the war living in a big forest, there was a time when I was badly traumatised, the whole family where in a way and seriously my world was in flux but I carried on, went to uni, feel in with a bad, hard drinking group, got further messed up in other peoples emotional shit, dont know how I finished uni and got a job but I did. At the time I sort of credit reading that book, when for the first time ever I couldnt read, had no inclination to read, wanted to just throw everything away, with helping me get back on track.