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Book recommendations
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Yes, it's entry r out of a series of n in the "help rho figure out what to do over the summer" series!

I'm looking for book recommendations. Specificly, I'm looking for recommendations for books that I wouldn't normally read; the sort of books that are outside of my field and outside of my genre of choice. I already know plenty of good books about physics, and plenty of SF&F type books. What I don't know is what the best books to read for 18th century history are. Or what the world's best detective novels are. Or anything like that.

Since I'm looking to read outside of my normal range, what I'm really looking for are the very best books of their type. The really best examples of a genre, the books that best explain a certain subject, if possible, the books that you never tire of reading and the books that change your whole perspective on life. The sort of thing that's likely to get me enthused about a subject or genre and make me want to go and read more, and generally branch out.

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Fine, make the same post I was going to put on the internets tomorrow.

...actually, this is good for me. Now I'll just mooch off the responses you get. All I have so far are Walden, which I simply need to finish before I stab myself in the eye, and The Stranger by Camus.

I'm planning to make the sister entry to this one at some point, in which I give my own recommendations, so you can mooch off of that as well. And if I don't get around to making it, then you can prod at me, and I ca just give you the abreviated version that just contains the list of a few books.

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