Illusions by Richard Bach
This book is an elegant book about what it means to be who you are and not what you do. A reluctant messiah begs off doing the messiah thing to live an ordinary life.
On the Road by Jack Kerouak
This book introduced me to the beat movement of writers. It also describes the love of the trip better than anything i have ever read.
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert Hienlien
Introduced to me the notion of relationship morality is based on the needs of the society and not some higher code. Marriage is not what it was nor is it as it will be forever.
Dune by Frank Herbert
This is another book that shaped how i look at history and society and how we are shaped in either direction by it.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson
This is a series i almost didnt read after reading the first few chapters in the first book. The "hero" of the series does terrible things do to his lack of believe of the world he finds himself in then spends the rest of the time guilty for having done those things.
Diskworld books by Terry Pratchett
These books fit nicely in my sence of humor. I dont like farse or stupid comedy. Give me the comedy of people being the way they are.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I have lived in towns like the one in this book. Also simply put, Atticus Finch is everything i admire in a man and strive to be.
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
This book of ancient and simple philosophy shapes how i think everyday.
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
My own spiritual journay may have used this as an atlas. Even if i didn't know where I was headed i at least knew the terrain better do to his works.
Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
This series shaped my reading habits and my view of storytelling for years.
Well common context established. There are so many others of course, bu these are pretty good starts. maybe grocking me might not be as hard if you have read these.