The Best Books People Have Ever Read
There are few better feelings than being in the middle of a good book, finishing a chapter, and realizing that you don't want to put it down.
Be it Howards End, Catcher in the Rye, or any mystery by James Patterson purchased at Hudson News. That moment you realize you have found a book that might be your favorite, if not the all-time best book you've ever read.
It's a sensation similar to, if not better than, falling in love.
Discovering your favorite book introduces you to characters you wish you knew in real life, hits on themes or experiences you can relate to all too well, and perhaps most deliciously, enrages you when you see how they ruined the story or botched the casting when it is adapted into a film.
Resulting in your going back to read your favorite book all over again, and discover elements which somehow escaped you the first five times you read it.
Redditor AechTMS was eager to learn the best books people have ever read bibliophiles and merely occasional readers alike, leading them to ask:
The Book Thief
"The Book Thief."
"It made me laugh and it made me cry, but most importantly it made me view life very differently."
"How easy the world is when you don't have to worry about the war /world of war around you."
"I've heard equally Thousand Splendid Suns and Kite Runner are very good and both are on my TBR."- LanternCove3
The Lies Of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora."
"That book just hit all the right notes for me."
"Fantastic prose, developed and atmospheric setting, drama that pulled me in, humor that had me laughing out loud, great pacing, incredibly charismatic and charming characters."
"It just had it all."
"I might even like the sequel more, the only thing it did worse was the pacing."- Corey_Bee
The Things They Carried
"The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien."
"I had just lived abroad for a couple of years in a highly regimented experience that kept me at some distance from the local population."
"There were a lot of similarities that I appreciated, and a lot of difference due to his experience being military in nature."
"But a lot of his thoughts regarding home nailed how I felt, and the idea of 'real truth' getting in the way of 'story truth' feels especially poignant in today's society."- mourningdoo
"Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Albert Lansing."
"The fact that it's true allows it to hit that much harder."- JimJamYimYam
East Of Eden
"East of Eden."- mojojojo_joe
"East of Eden."
"One of those books that I simply adored from beginning to end."- KimDShortt
"Hyperion by Dan Simmons."- Warlornn
Me Talk Pretty One Day
"Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris."
"Stupid me keeps letting people borrow it and I've bought it 3 times now."- ATXKLIPHURD
The Pillars Of The Earth and The Passage
"The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet is quite good, as are its prequel/sequels."
"The Passage, by Justin Cronin is also one of my faves."
"Even the tv adaptation with the 'Saved By the Bell' guy was pretty good."- Ecstatic-Appeal-5683
The Picture Of Dorian Gray
"The Picture of Dorian Gray."
"Such a compelling read!"- FlyPrudent4292
It's easy to understand why people question the fact that Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Great Expectations seem to get film or television adaptations every two years.
When these same people actually read the novels for the first time, however, they will likely stop complaining.
As a truly good story can be told over and over in a myriad of new ways.
People Break Down Which Things No One Looks Good Wearing
The great thing about fashion is that everyone looks good in something different. That’s why we each create our own style.
My best friend avoids gray at all costs since it’s drab and almost depressing.
However, I fill my closet with gray shirts or sweaters since that color makes my skin glow. I can’t wear leather jackets because they make me look like a tiny zombie, while my best friend has a leather jacket in every color since she can pull them off.
With some people being able to pull off items that others can’t, we may not think about the fact that there are some items that no one looks good in. Luckily, Redditors are hear to remind us of exactly that.
It all started when a Redditor asked:
“What does no one look good wearing?”
Do Not Trust The Sales Guy
"Fedora with safari flaps, even if the guy at the store says you’re the only guy he’s ever seen pull it off."
"I’ve never fought for anything in my entire life. I’m fighting for this hat!"
It's All In The Sleeves
"Dimitri Martin explained it well: “I saw a guy wearing a leather jacket and thought, ‘that is cool’. Then I saw a guy in a leather vest and thought ‘that is not cool’. And that’s when I realized that cool is all about leather sleeves.”
The Offensive Stuff
"A shirt that says "FBI: Female Body Inspector""
"Pretty much any shirt that tries to put a "funny" spin on common acronym."
Make America What Again?
"Unless it just says 'political hat'"
Lose Hair, Gain Everything Else
"That ugly cape you have to wear when getting your hair cut"
"Those capes will humble you real quick"
"I suddenly go from two chins to five chins when I have to get my hair cut"
On Your Head
– Deleted User
"Hair nets along the same vein."
I Changed Colors!
"Fake tans that make you look orange"
"I'd say any fake tan for that matter. They never look right IMO."
"Any t shirt claiming your birth month gives you special powers or you are owned by your significant other. So tacky"
Wash Your Clothes!
"By contrast, I take people more seriously if they have mustard on their face."
"Rat tail hair style"
"I was a kid when this was fashionable and all the biggest jerks at school wore rat tails. I always wanted to try yanking on one of them just once but could never work up the nerve."
A Different Kind Of Accessory
"2 liters of cologne."
"Well technically you could look cool you’d just need to be downwind and in a different building XD"
"Those f*cking hiking shoes with the individual toes."
"Those Walmart t-shirts with gangsta looney toons characters. Like taz with a Rolex rolling dice and flashing cash. Bonus points if the shirt sparkles."
"13yr old me feels very targeted."
“Skin colored leggings. It always gives me a "wth" moment before I realize what is happening.”
“Saw someone wearing skin colour leggings that had that weird scrunched up butt thing.”
saw a lady at the airport once who just was wearing a SLIGHTLY oversized hoodie and no pants. i wish she was wearing skin-colored leggings.
All I know is, you can never go wrong in your favorite sweats, which basically make up my entire wardrobe!
People Explain What They Say At Least 1,000 Times A Day At Their Job
As an editor, half of my job consists of waiting for writers to finish writing (or re-writing) important copy for me to look over. The edited copy goes to many other departments after mine, meaning I get bugged by the art department asking me for the edited version.
I, in turn, have to bug the writers, asking them when the copy will be ready for me. As a result, something I say at my job a million times a day is, “Hey [Writer], can I have an ETA on that [brochure copy, article, etc.]”
And while I need to say it, I know the writers probably curse my name by now!
I’m not the only one who seems to be saying the same thing a bunch of times over the course of a day. At any job, there may be one word or phrase that is said 1,000 times a day.
This can be anything from “Sounds like a plan” to “Dear God, when will this day end?!”
Redditors have shared what they say 1,000 times a day at their job, and the answers are very relatable.
Curious to find out more, Redditor laladurochka asked:
“What do you say 1000 times a day in your job?”
Pitfalls Of Video Calls
“I think somebody needs to go on mute.”
“Said whilst knowing full well exactly who is the cause of the background noise because their box is yellow.”
That's All, Folks!
"Same, and it rarely actually sounds good."
"I love this because there’s no rebuttal for the person on the other end. The conversation is over."
"I was raised christian, but one of my first jobs was working front desk at a Jewish nonprofit. I would answer the phones to screen and direct calls, and I had a very specific greeting that I had to say every time."
"One night I was home visiting my parents, we all sit down for dinner, and my mom asks me to say the blessing. My one brain cell searches for the rote blessing I’ve said thousands of times, we all join hands, and I confidently say “Shalom, Jewish Federation. My name is ___ how can I help you?”"
"I used to work at a comic shop/game store and I definitely once answered a call from my dad with 'hi this is gameshop Foamcorps speak--wait HI DAD'"
Thank You, Next
"I once worked with a voice picking system. You would confirm location, say "next". Confirm amount picked. Say "next". This was the default word, you could change it but i couldn't care. And you would say it hundreds of times per day."
"Fast forward about a year and it started slipping out in the real world. Like having a conversation, saying my bit then finishing with "next" when I was done and wanted to hear what the other person wanted to say."
"Or "Hey aubven, you wanna get pizza for dinner?""
"I started changing that voice command for that prompt roughly every fortnight to avoid this continuing."
Not Enough Hours In The Day
"When really I am worrying about how I’m going to accomplish everything in 7.6 hours."
"Alternatively, "it's all good" when asked to do something unnecessarily tedious in addition to everything else going on. It's not all good it never is."
Please Read My Email
""As per my previous email""
"Which is code for READ WHAT I F*CKING SENT YOU YOU ILLITERATE HUMPBACK WHALE"
"Don't you hate when you have to do that 10 times to the same person?... and then they reply with "but I already replied to you!""
"No you DIDN'T!!! YOU CLAIMED YOU DIDN'T GET/SEE MY EMAIL THE LAST 10 TIMES!!!"
"I swear people are the worst lol"
The Restaurant Life
"Hey y'all my name is Tony I'll be taking care of y'all tonight, shall I start you off with two waters?"
"Sure. Can we get a coke?"
"When I said coke I meant Dr Pepper…"
"I hate this place ...."
"I say it about 20 times a day"
":: Rubs temples :: :: Sighs ::"
"Same. I don't say a lot. I just suffer in silence."
I Wish I Could Say That
"That’s not part of my job responsibilities"
Counting Down The Minutes
""is it 5 o clock yet?""
""Living the dream" is my response to anyone asking me how my day is."
"People ask me if I'm "living the dream" I usually respond "probably someone else's""
What Do You Do?
"Don't put that in your nose."
"Kindergarten teacher or drug counselor, can't decide."
It Hadn't Occurred To Me
"not a 1000 but the most times "have you tried restarting it?""
"Ah. A mortician, I see."
It's All Too Much
“F*ck Goddamn Who is this dumbf*ck Jesus Christ Why are we still here”
Okay, I might actually say that more than ETA!
Do you have any pearls you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
People Explain Which Things They Thought Were Normal As A Kid And Later Realized Were F**ked Up
We are so innocent as children.
Innocent or gullible?
I think when we're young, we tend only to see only the good.
Because that's what instinctually we gravitate towards.
But it's a sad fact to learn later that the good is darker than we realize.
Not everything in childhood is a happy, innocent memory, no matter how badly our parents want to frame it.
The folks on Reddit can certainly attest to that!
Redditor True_Customer_8913 wanted to hear about all the things we saw in a new light once we grew up, so they asked:
"What’s was normal to you as a kid but you later realized how f**ked up it actually was?"
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"During the divorce they would try to get information about each other and say the other one was bad for me."
"That happened to me too! Once had a judge tell 11-year-old me that my parents were one of the most immature cases he had dealt with, because they were more focused on making each other’s lives difficult than being parents."
"My father was nice and friendly out in public but was an absolute a**hole to the family at home..."
"Me witnessing my dad being really friendly to everyone in public and then being an absolute raging a**hole at home made me just think 'well I guess everyone is just two-faced and using each other.'"
"All those movies about love are just lies and fantasies, if you're not using someone then what use are they to you? Obviously he doesn't get to use us at home so we aren't useful so we don't get treated well"
"Btw No he wasn't an alcoholic, he wouldn't even allow alcohol in the house because so many people in our family were alcoholics."
"My mom's boyfriend would pick me up by my hair sometimes. It didn't hurt a s**t ton so I never complained, which in turn made him keep doing it. My hair was always in a ponytail so it was easy to grab and do. I told a coworker about it and laughed because it wasn't a terrible memory. But he didn't laugh like I did."
"It was more of a nervous laugh then he says 'that's actually pretty f**ked up.' Then I started to think about all the stuff I actually do remember from my childhood and realized how shi**y it really was. I have two kids and it was never a thought to ever pick them up by their hair."
"When I was 7, I came to the realization that if I showed any signs that I was in a good mood around my mother, she would find some reason to yell at me. Even started testing it, would walk into rooms she was in smiling vs not and proved my theory right, so I just stopped smiling, and it didn't take much longer for it to stop being an act."
In the Garden
"I live in England and my uncle's neighbor had a pet monkey living in a big enclosure in his garden. This was in the early 2000s. I assumed this was totally normal. No idea how he got it. We still know those neighbors and it's just never discussed."
When in England... stay out of trouble.
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"Not being allowed to feel or express any type anger or sadness."
"Unless someone died it was, 'I don't want to hear it. Go to your room, close the door, and bury your face in a pillow until you're done,' or the worse, 'I'll give you something to cry about' followed by whooping."
"Having no food in the house and little to no adult supervision while random men come and go from my mothers room."
"I'm legit impressed I nor my younger brother ended up taken or worse. It was kind of miserable, in hindsight, because some of these guys would come back with some fast food for us and hang out for a bit talking or playing video games. Magic Mike was super cool and I still miss him. :( "
"Thought it was normal to constantly apologize over even the slightest little f**k-up so I don't get screamed at. I still have this problem today."
"Not me, but my wife. I used to just reassure her that she didn't have to apologize for everything, but that didn't help her to distinguish when it was appropriate or not. Now, when she says 'sorry,' I ask what she's apologizing for, and it seems to help her a little. That being said, she apologized last night when the dog tripped me."
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"I remember my sister had this fake belly button ring she showed my dad. He immediately ripped it out which was quite painful. I asked if he even knew if it was fake and he didn’t. He thought it was real and did that."
"Parents having blackout rages. Sometimes, I was a brat. Other times, I had done nothing wrong. I just remember being made to feel like a worthless loser, screamed at, and manipulated. Then the next day, they would say 'Sorry sorry sorry' This happened a lot. Eventually, the sorries mean nothing and you begin to feel actually worthless."
Oh how the times do change. We're glad folks made it out of most of these situations!
Do you have anything to get off your chest? Let us know in the comments.
People Reveal The Real Reasons They Sleep Naked
So many people love to go natural.
Nudists have been trying to make us see their ways for decades.
For some, sleeping in the buff can be one of the best ways to sleep.
Sheets cool on the flesh is such a great feeling.
Redditor Etore_the_not_smart wanted to hear from all the people who love to slumber in nothing, so they asked:
"People who sleep naked why do you sleep naked?"
I am a nude sleeper.
It changed my life.
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"My husband sleeps naked."
"I asked him: Dude, what if there’s a fire and we have to just run out???"
"He said: Well, my pajamas won’t catch fire… because I’m naked."
"I had no valid argument. So, there’s that."
"I hate clothes. If I could choose to just never wear clothes that would be ideal. Unfortunately I was born with pasty, ghost skin and I freeze in the winter even in clothes. So alas I will keep wearing them outside the house and get nude as soon as I get home. When I am at the beach with my pasty a** ghost skin, I wear long sleeve rashguards, swim leggings, and a giant sun hat because again, pasty ghost skin. Cute swimsuits are for indoor pools imo!"
"Home security. Any person who breaks into my house will have to deal with a balding, hairy, naked man running at them and yelling 'I JUST WANT TO CUDDLE!'"
"It is one thing to get your a** kicked after you break into a house. It is a completely different thing to get your a** kicked by a naked 40 year old with a beer belly."
"That's way too terrifying to be honest."
"I don’t like the feeling of clothes getting all bunched up as I toss and turn at night like I normally do before my sleep wrestling starts. My wife says that I will suddenly body slam the mattress with my upper torso in the middle of the night at random."
"My wife just calls it a 'Whale Breaching!'"
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"It makes me feel free and comfy."
"If I wear clothes, they get all knotted and twisted up."
Comfy on the skin is a must for most folks, it seems.
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"I was born naked."
"We come into this world screaming, naked, and covered in blood. Play your cards right and it doesn't have to stop there."
Everyone Do It!
"It's too hot where I live. Plus it's good for your private parts health, especially for females."
"I always slept naked and turned my ex wife onto sleeping naked when we first met. She never did before. She said she was worried spiders or snakes would crawl into you know where"
"I explained that this wouldn’t happen, and she realized how wonderful sleeping naked is. From what she’s told me, she still does."
"Everyone should sleep naked! Clean sheets against your skin are the best feeling ever!"
It's a Crime
"Wearing clothing in bed just feels... wrong. I'd feel claustrophobic. Plus it's just such a delicious feeling to climb into high thread count cotton sheets and a down comforter - I don't want anything interfering with the sensuous pleasure of it."
"It’s more comfortable. I run hot. I hate the idea of adding more clothes to my laundry. And if someone breaks in, I’ve always imagined a naked hairy man with a hatchet will make them double think their decision. (Hatchet in nightstand)."
"Sensory issues. Clothes feel weird on my skin when I’m lying on a mattress. They bunch up, they stick to the skin, they rub against the sheets and twist when I move positions. Plus I get hot very easily. Cannot stand sleeping with clothes on."
"Same. Can’t handle the friction of fabric on fabric. Can’t stand when my clothes get twisted because I toss and turn. If I must wear clothes, the only thing I can somewhat tolerate is a sports bra/stretchy cami and panties."
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"I'm 42. Till about 5 years ago I thought everyone (well about 95%) of people slept naked. But I was wrong. I think the question should be why do people wear clothes in bed?! Crazy to me."
"I get tangled in my jammies and sheets."
"It feels nicer."
"I have a naked woman beside me and cuddling feels way better naked."
Well that settles it, these folks make some good points.
But what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.