10 Books That Have Stayed With You

Was tagged on Facebook. I’m not sure what “stayed with you” really meant but I guess for me its the books that genuinely kept me thinking about… everything?

Ursula K Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

A story about a man in a planet of hermaphrodite. Really enlightening scifi and educative if you’re trying to write a more sexually-diverse POV.

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
A very very emotionally depressing post-apocalyptic story about a man and his son travelling across country in a very dead world.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Genetically-engineered caste-based society in a happy utopiac-like world where you’re being kept dumb by hive mind, entertainment, fear of others and drugs.

JM Coatzee’s Disgrace
Difficult book to read but it kept you thinking about morality and rape culture.

Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I think if you’re doing biomedical research, this one book kinda slap you hard about the reality of scientific exploitation of a person and her family and the importance of being ethical in research setting.

James Joyce’s Ulysses
Its once in a lifetime read and you don’t need to read this book and seriously you will hate me if you read this book just by my own recommendation. But if you want to, be prepared on how ridiculous and chaotic and crazy this book was. I’ve spent 30 hours of my life listening to this book because its unreadable on its own.

Homer’s Odyssey
You don’t need to read Odyssey just to read Ulysses but its far more pleasant to read Odyssey than Joyce’s parody. Loads of violence, crazy deus ex machina and Ian McKellan voicing Calypso and for a couple of millennial old book, all adaptations pale in ccomparisonto this one.

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
A tale of female objectification and sexual slavery and religious fanaticism. Not for the fainthearted.

Philip K Dick’s Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep
If you’ve watched Blade Runner, the books is much more philosophical about humanity of being human despite being artificially human. Basically, a scifi classic that gave birth to EVERY android-related scifi in history.

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
A book written under a pseudonym about a writer suffering clinical depression and it was quite average as a psychological drama except for the fact that several weeks after the publication of this book, the actual writer herself commited suicide. This book parallel the depth of Plath’s suffering and somewhat the author gave herself a happier alternate ending in this book.


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