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What is your favorite book and how do you choose your next read?

I figure that every book in print must have been read by someone after it was published. I normally choose my next book by either choosing from the Classics or looking for works that inspired my favorite authors/poets. For example, I discovered Carl Jung through comedian Bill Hicks and I discovered Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Rimbaud through Jim Morrison. I began reading Ernest Hemingway because Hunter S. Thompson mentioned him as an influence in his own writing. I read Michael de Montaigne because I enjoyed what I read in a College Renaissance English course. I read "Abe Lincoln was Vampire Hunter" because my neighbor lent it to me. And Ken Saro-Wiwa's "Sozaboy" will forever be one of the most moving pieces for me.
I would like to know the mindsets of my world's fellow readers and possibly get a few pieces for my book list. Please just mention any book that you feel is worthy of being shared. It can be any genre of literature. .


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    Dec 29 2011: Friends & family, magazines, randomly walking in a charity book shop, classics...

    As for books worth sharing... The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Fight club.

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