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Curious to what ENFPs read, if you do read? I'm not so much talking specific authors or books but I guess that's fine. More what genres do you guys enjoy?

I have a huge imagination, obviously and I love film and a few video games for the storytelling they make. That said I've never read a lot of fiction of ANY sort growing up. I was the 9 year old taking out an entire series of books on hard drugs, the holocaust, and the Manhattan Project...While my classmates in private school had arms full of Clifford the Dog and Dr.Seuss. That was not a joke, those are true examples.

I've always read non-fiction because I've found it more interesting and, here's the key, it INSPIRED my own imagination. Fantasy and fiction put imagination on a plate and served it to me but I really wanted fodder to imagine, think, and create my own stories.

Even now I still read mostly non-fiction. Currently it's "Please Understand Me" by Dr.Kiersy, "Watchmen and Philosophy", or "Wired For War: Robotic Warfare in the 21st century." Those are all non-fiction or at least about reality.
 

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High into my teens I read mainly non-fiction, because I've always been very curious about new things to learn. Later in life I understood that also in fiction work there were things to be learned, and since I understood that it is healthy to relax and be entertained now and then, I enjoy the fiction more than non-fiction.

One of my all time favorites must be the Dune sage by Frank Herbert and continued by his son. Also the books part of the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons are very interesting. I have used the character creation rules as an aid to understand people better, and tried to link certain races to different sets of people, not unlike MBTI does.

Still I do read a lot of non-fiction. A set of the latest books for casual read on the shelf are Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge, Existentialism is a Humanism by J.P. Satre, Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown, The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil, The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius by Nancy C. Andreasen and in particular Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Next to that I have bought The Piano Handbook and Learn to Draw. And I"m eager to buy Please Understand Me, but I'm following the trend of E-book readers now, and decided first not to buy paper books until it is more clear how the development of the digital book goes.
 

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I haven't had much time to read recently...but I was a huge reader when I was younger. I mostly read fiction, usually mystery, horror, or psychological shit, historical fiction, and some good ol' satire-- Though I have to say I love silly coming of age stuff as well (I will admit, I usually love young adult books more than adult books :p)
 

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I have a huge imagination, obviously and I love film and a few video games for the storytelling they make. That said I've never read a lot of fiction of ANY sort growing up. I was the 9 year old taking out an entire series of books on hard drugs, the holocaust, and the Manhattan Project...While my classmates in private school had arms full of Clifford the Dog and Dr.Seuss. That was not a joke, those are true examples.

I've always read non-fiction because I've found it more interesting and, here's the key, it INSPIRED my own imagination. Fantasy and fiction put imagination on a plate and served it to me but I really wanted fodder to imagine, think, and create my own stories.
so, I think you're actually me.
that's exactly how I was/am.

I recently read this thing my 4th grade teacher wrote when she recommended me for this program, I was always reading non-fiction (and constantly questioning where answers come from, rofl)
I would always want to read books about drug addicts and people with psychological disorders and a lot of the time my mom would say they're too adult for me, which got me angry. but that's ok.

I also like reading about spiritual/religious things. I read this book many lives many masters and two other books by that guy. amazing book, very interesting. I recommend it. it's about reincarnation. I love reading about reincarnation. I also read this book called life before life. AAAAAMAZING. my favorite book ever.

when it comes to fiction, which is pretty much all we read in school, I loooooooooooooooooooove fitzgerald and dickens. the great gatsby and great expectations are my two favorite books ever, next to the other one I mentioned before.
if I read fiction, it has to be a book with a deeper meaning, and it needs to make me cry. I think I like fiction that's based off of real events and let's be understand the feeling of a particular time period or something. historical fiction, I guess.
I hate reading twilight crap. I can't even describe my hatred for that series, aaaaaaaaaaaah. harry potter is probably the only fantasy book I could stand to read.

oh and I have this book called zelda and philosophy I'm working on lolz.
edit: HA MOBY YOU'RE READING ONE LIKE THAT TOO. that's great.

great expectations, the great gatsby, the sound and the fury, catcher in the rye, many lives many masters, native son, fahrenheit 451, life before life, lolita, their eyes were watching god, the great train robbery, god is not great
 

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While my peers were into Harry Potter and Twilight, I was reading Psychology books, personality type books (I have sooo many books on types and enneagram), books on spirituality, God, history documents, and other self-help books. But I also read other things too. I do read fiction and magazines. But I love fantasy type fiction. Books like Narnia or The Hobbit. I use to read a lot of Urban Literature too (the heavily erotically graphic kind) but I stopped because I noticed it changed the way my mind would fantasize. Gotta be really careful what we put into our heads, ya know? But anything inspirational, I'll read it. I love fantasy books that relate to my own life. Something that helps me uncover a new piece to the big puzzle that is the world. And I read online articles as well.
 

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I was really into Harry Potter when I was younger. And I remember taking home stacks of 'Goosebumps' books and my parents being total anal about it. Just recently, I got into the dystopia genre, mainly reading books like Brave New World and 1984.
 

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And I remember taking home stacks of 'Goosebumps' books and my parents being total anal about it. Just recently, I got into the dystopia genre, mainly reading books like Brave New World and 1984.
oooooooooooooh yeah I went through a goosebumps phase too because I liked the paranormal. I forgot about that. that was good time.
and after reading fahrenheit 451 I got into the whole dystopia thing. I actually just bought 1984 on friday.
 

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To tell you the truth, I don't read much. The last book I read and loved was Masks by Enchi Fumiko and Maureen O'Hara auto biography. I love getting lost in movies and Tv shows than books. Books are not to imaginative for me. It's very hard for me to find a book that I won't get bored with after just reading a page. If I love a book I will read it in a day or two. I love books that have surrealism and mystery.
 

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My mom taught me to read before I entered school, so I was reading books long before most kids, but I think it kinda wore me out early on. I read a lot of fantasy growing up. I read the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and I practically lived in Piers Anthony's books. When I got older, I came to appreciate classics a lot more and I still do. A Brave New World is probably my favorite book to this day. I later got into non-fiction, which consisted mostly of political philosophy type books.

I don't read much anymore, and I often find it difficult to finish a book I start. But I've had difficulty concentrating on one thing since going to Iraq. It probably just worsened my already easily distracted mind.
 

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I might be kinda picky with what I'll read. Top of the heap is Jorge Luis Borges. I just can't stop rereading his essays and short stories, especially now that I can read them in Spanish. I'm big into a lot of other Latin American short story writers, novelists and playwrights as well (García Márquez, Bolaño, Rulfo, Ibargüengoitia).

But I'm not always reading in Spanish, as it's still kind of draining. Lately, I've had something by a turn-of-the-century, impressionist novelist on the go, like E.M. Forster or Joseph Conrad. In the past, I tended to gravitate carrying around books by Graham Greene, or occasionally some contemporary Canadian novelist.

Otherwise, I find there've been a lot of great American novels and short stories in the middle of the last century. I'm still pretty sure that my two favourites are Nabokov's Lolita and Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. Oh, and Raymond Carver's short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love changed my life.

I've been known to pick up pre-Victorian novels as well. I love Don Quixote, and I love coming across novels written in that manner, no matter the era.

I read Shakespeare and love him, especially his Histories and Comedies.

And I love to have some sort of book of poetry in my pocket whenever I'm expecting to wait somewhere.

EDIT: And comix, of course, though the Batman and X-men of my youth have given way to the likes of Neil Gaiman and Art Spiegelman.
 

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Curious to what ENFPs read, if you do read? I'm not so much talking specific authors or books but I guess that's fine. More what genres do you guys enjoy?

I have a huge imagination, obviously and I love film and a few video games for the storytelling they make. That said I've never read a lot of fiction of ANY sort growing up. I was the 9 year old taking out an entire series of books on hard drugs, the holocaust, and the Manhattan Project...While my classmates in private school had arms full of Clifford the Dog and Dr.Seuss. That was not a joke, those are true examples.

I've always read non-fiction because I've found it more interesting and, here's the key, it INSPIRED my own imagination. Fantasy and fiction put imagination on a plate and served it to me but I really wanted fodder to imagine, think, and create my own stories.

Even now I still read mostly non-fiction. Currently it's "Please Understand Me" by Dr.Kiersy, "Watchmen and Philosophy", or "Wired For War: Robotic Warfare in the 21st century." Those are all non-fiction or at least about reality.
I love Philosophy and Science books. Even though I'm forcing myself to do it (I'm not much into reading, though I do enjoy it once I get going.), I'm trying to finish an anthology of existential essays, and Brian Greene's Fabric of the Cosmos.
 

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Fantasy... apart from Fantonald, which is sci-fi, I read almost exclusively fantasy. :tongue:
 

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and after reading fahrenheit 451 I got into the whole dystopia thing. I actually just bought 1984 on friday.
You are my clone!! Those are two of my favorite books in high school. But my favourite was "The Giver" trust me, get it, trust me...Get it.

I get worried about Fahrenheit 451 because of the "seashells" they put in their ears it really reminds me of bluetooth and I've actually eaten at restaurants where people sit alone and eat their entire meal while talking to someone on Bluetooth...it's really creepy.

The funny thing is I was actually going to quote Tsina about her bookwriting. I have written two books already. Sure, I used them to get/get-back-at girlfriends but I still wrote and published them using an online publisher. I'm working on my first real ones, just a bunch of my random thoughts on stuff. If it turns out good I'll give them away to my friends for birthdays or something.
 
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