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Fiction that changes (daily) lives?

What are some fiction books you've read that changed your outlook on daily life after you finished them? I'm thinking of books that have the potential to make daily life seem more interesting and adventurous, or to give a new perspective on the seemingly mundane. Maybe they cause you to adopt a new persona, or envision yourself as a character involved in some sort of intrigue. Non-fiction will be considered, but I'm not looking for self-help books so much as inspiration to see things in a more exciting light.
posted by iamisaid to Media & Arts at 3:54 PM on Mar 16, 2017 - 47 answers [174 favorites]

Help me diversify my lunch salads...

For medical reasons, I've been told to do a slow gradual but long term weight loss plan. One of my key changes is my lunches, instead of indulging in our cafeteria's pizza of the day, I'm now packing a salad from home. Help me come up with five component parts to top my romaine, and keep me interested long term. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy to Food & Drink at 8:35 AM on Feb 28, 2017 - 45 answers [125 favorites]

Give me your easiest, tastiest, healthy meals!

I need to start cooking more and I want your best recipes! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Food & Drink at 12:00 PM on Feb 21, 2017 - 38 answers [94 favorites]

Cerebral Science Fiction movies?

I'm not sure if there is a term for the category of movie I'm looking for, but I've lately been on a kick of thinking-person's science fiction movies, and I'm looking for more that fit the bill. Movies like the Martian, Contact, 2001, Interstellar, Solaris and I was especially moved by Arrival. Thoughtful, sort of technical, lyric, and slow. Limited violence and no sexual violence. Any suggestions?
posted by Think_Long to Media & Arts at 11:40 AM on Feb 21, 2017 - 44 answers [82 favorites]

Where can I find cute, colorful, crazy kids' clothes FOR ADULTS?

I'm looking for Cat + Jack, but for adults: cute, colorful, comfy clothes at normal prices. (More clothes I like but are only for kids: Tea Collection and basically everything in this thread.) I get brightly colored leggings from Forever 21. T-shirts are not my favorite; I really like tunics or dresses over leggings or with tall socks. I know about Hanna Andersson (still, the adult clothes are not as good as the kids' clothes) and Gudrun Sjoden, but I'm not spending $100 on a jersey-knit dress; I want to pay ~$30. Please hope me.
posted by fiercecupcake to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:20 AM on Mar 10, 2017 - 26 answers [78 favorites]

Obscure, beautiful words

I'm looking for precise, interesting, mellifluous, preferably aesthetically pretty words to add to my vocabulary! [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow to Writing & Language at 10:33 AM on Mar 12, 2017 - 36 answers [75 favorites]

Give Me Your Ultimate Noodle Bowl Tips and Recipes!

I see a couple of old threads with some good tips, but their focus seems to be price, storage and convenience. So to round all that out, I want to ask how can I make the most ultimate foodie noodle bowls? If anything, the focus is on variety – I could eat noodle bowls every day, but probably not the same exact one.
posted by lgyre to Food & Drink at 5:39 PM on Mar 1, 2017 - 14 answers [74 favorites]

enjoyable reads that won't rot my brain

I've been enjoying fun fantasy books but slowly have been feeling my brain become fluff. Anything I've been finding as critically acclaimed/recommended for excellent writing just seem to be full of drama, betrayals, and sadness. Any recommendations for an excellently written and enjoyable book? [more inside]
posted by inevitability to Media & Arts at 9:35 AM on Mar 14, 2017 - 35 answers [74 favorites]

How to soothe yourself when all the soothing things are off limits?

I have health problems that prohibit almost all the things people use to soothe themselves - alcohol, cigarettes, tea/coffee, chocolate, hot baths. What can I do to treat myself well/soothe myself with these restrictions? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday to Health at 3:14 PM on Mar 1, 2017 - 55 answers [72 favorites]

Drop the meat and nobody gets hurt

Help us shift away from meat-centric meals and toward high-protein vegetable-based options. Vegetarian ok but not required. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife to Food & Drink at 9:56 PM on Feb 27, 2017 - 21 answers [68 favorites]

Attack of the Crab Monster

How can I stop/deal better with constant feelings of irritation? [more inside]
posted by darchildre to Human Relations at 7:25 PM on Mar 5, 2017 - 10 answers [53 favorites]

I wanna get good. Where to start?

I feel like I am a decent enough programmer, but I want to really rekindle my passion for the craft and work towards becoming great - a sort of Renaissance (wo)man developer. Book, blog, and online resource recommendations would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by one of these days to Computers & Internet at 2:25 PM on Feb 21, 2017 - 7 answers [52 favorites]

How to cultivate a lighter touch on life?

Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe to Human Relations at 5:30 AM on Mar 13, 2017 - 15 answers [51 favorites]

Gimme house music!

Please indundate me with classic, feel-good, hands-in-the-air, early-mid-90s, underground deep house music, with pianos and organs and (optional) gospel hollering and shit! (Newer tunes are fine too, but I'm definitely after the classic sound. And I don't think much of it gets made these days.) [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Media & Arts at 6:19 PM on Feb 27, 2017 - 14 answers [47 favorites]

Dress me in your finest, pocketed clothes.

I'm looking for casual dresses, skirts, shorts and capris for the 30-something-woman student who hates shopping. Absolute requirement: POCKETS. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:06 PM on Mar 15, 2017 - 27 answers [43 favorites]

Help me not give advice and instead be a supportive loving friend.

So, non-advice givers, friend of the year MeFites, loving supportive people…what do you do instead of fixing? What is your thinking as people lay out their problems? How do you direct your end of the conversation so it’s helpful or productive in some way. [more inside]
posted by PeaPod to Human Relations at 12:09 PM on Mar 10, 2017 - 22 answers [41 favorites]

Help me trick out a new kitchen!

I'm renovating my kitchen and need all new appliances. Pretending that money is no object, what should I get? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie to Home & Garden at 12:18 PM on Mar 3, 2017 - 55 answers [40 favorites]

Why do I suck so much at self-care and positivity?

How do I get better at self-care and work towards more positivity in my life when it seems that innately I'm a cynical person? How do I do the things I know that I need to do to feel better physically and mentally when I struggle with believing I deserve to be kind to myself? If you're a survivor of depression or abuse how do you even start to build self-esteem? [more inside]
posted by kanata to Human Relations at 12:57 PM on Mar 12, 2017 - 38 answers [39 favorites]

How to deal with emotional labor inequity in relationships with males?

I'm a straight middle-aged female who is experiencing a lot of issues with both romantic relationships and platonic male friends who have unvoiced expectations that I should perform nearly all of the emotional labor in our relationships. [more inside]
posted by nirblegee to Human Relations at 6:09 PM on Mar 19, 2017 - 23 answers [37 favorites]

Novels with brilliant, antisocial protaganists that teach you something?

Yes, it's time for your regularly scheduled "what novel is like Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai" question. My husband and I really like quiet novels about intellectual, introspective, somewhat solitary main characters in which you also learn something about a subject you might not have known anything about before. Bonus if it is beautifully written. What are some novels that might scratch that itch? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew to Media & Arts at 8:48 AM on Mar 7, 2017 - 23 answers [36 favorites]

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