Book Recommendations

My wife and I have a fairly small library at home (compared to some). We read quite a lot, checking out lots of books from the public library, but we don't add to the "permanent collection" unless the book is of seminal value and we find ourselves checking it out multiple times to re-read.

I was wondering if you'd care to share a few books in your "permanent collection." Ones you'd simply have to replace should it be lost.

A few from ours:

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyzyn
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns
Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Rapid Viz by Hanks and Belliston
Vilppu Drawing Manual by Glen Vilppu

8 Minutes in the Morning by Jorge Cruise

Dinotopia by James Gurney
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard

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billbillt5 years ago
Yes, The Myst series are great..Also the "Myst Reader". It has all three Myst books in one..
Hells yeah, Rapid Viz! That is an amazing book. Love it. Psychocybernetics is also good. The original self-help book.
royalestel (author)  fungus amungus10 years ago
Hey, I forgot to ask If you've seen Vilppu's stuff. Have you? His drawing manual is awesome for figure drawing the way rapid viz is for industrial design/freehand perspective drawing. Seriously, check him out.
I'll have to do that sometime.
royalestel (author)  fungus amungus10 years ago
Ever read, "Living, Loving, Learning" by Leo Buscaglia? You gotta love that guy.
Sedgewick1710 years ago
If you are looking for great books go to have a great selection of technical books, or books that are just plain interesting. A few of my favorites are 1001 Formulas, Convert wood into Charcoal & electricity, Metal casting manual, and The Boy Mechanic. A few of my other favorite books not found on the Lindsay website are The Eric Sloane book series, The Forgotten crafts(which has everything from boat building to thatching), American boys handy book, Field and Forest handy book, and Backyard Ballistics.
royalestel (author)  Sedgewick1710 years ago
Cool. Thanks for the link.
royalestel (author) 10 years ago
The Little Prince. Can't believe I forgot that. What an amazing book. And the scriptures, of course.
LasVegas10 years ago
I see that canida and NachoMahma did mention Asimov, but no one mentioned anything specific. In particular, I strongly recommend the "Foundation" series, followed by the "I Robot" series (joined to the Foundation series by the last book of the series). Another great is "A Step In Time" that predates the Foundation series but is the first book to take place in the Foundation/Empire Universe.
. The reason I wasn't specific is because ALL his books are great and he was so damn prolific it would take too much room to list them all. Even his textbooks can be interesting. :)
. If anybody wants to see a list of what all he wrote, goto (or just Google Isaac Asimov).
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