Lifehacker has a list of books that changed your lives, as voted on by its readers. Overall, the list is pretty good; in order:

  • The Bible
  • The Works of Ayn Rand
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, by Robert M. Pirsig
  • The Stranger, by Albert Camus
  • The Works of George Orwell
  • The Works of Richard Dawkins
  • The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert

But wait, you say, one of these things is not like the others! The works of Richard Dawkins don't belong on a list of life-changing books! Because they are insipid and vacuous? No, but simply because they don't meet the fundamental criteria of the list: changing lives. Anyone who considers Dawkins' stunted philosophy to be profound was a bitter atheist long before reading The God Delusion.

(HT: RD.)

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