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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 - 51 answers [203 favorites]

What is a life-changing realization you wish you had sooner? (2017 ed.)

This question is my favorite AskMefi post of all time and I find myself revisiting it every year or so. As I've since graduated college and entered the adult world some of these realizations have become much clearer. It's been years since that post and there are a lot of new official Mefites here, myself included. So, wise people of the green, what are some life-changing realizations you've had as you've aged? [more inside]
posted by hexaflexagon to Human Relations at 1:35 PM on Dec 22, 2017 - 145 answers [197 favorites]

Semi-homemade healthy

I really don't like to cook. My ideal meal involves pulling bags out of the freezer and pantry, dumping a scoop from each into a bowl, and nuking. For example, microwaved frozen wild rice + Indian Fare eggplant sauce + precut kale + local frozen meatballs is a tasty dish that takes less than 20 seconds to prep. Can you help me brainstorm some meals that are HEALTHY and made up basically entirely of frozen/packaged meats, carbs, veg and sauces? I have access to a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and regular grocery store.
posted by pintapicasso to Food & Drink at 3:35 PM on Jan 17, 2017 - 38 answers [182 favorites]

What companies make good quality stuff without exploiting people?

I love my Darn Tough socks, what else is out there that is made by happy workers and is of excellent quality? (not just clothes) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to Grab Bag at 9:09 AM on Jan 27, 2017 - 31 answers [169 favorites]

One thing to make a better life?

I recently gave up alcohol, and WOW do I feel better. I was not even a heavy drinker, but I just have more energy and feel more positive during the day. I'm looking for other small things that I could do that could make things even better. What one thing have you done to make a change in your life that has made the largest impact on your quality of life?
posted by Toddles to Health at 7:37 AM on Apr 8, 2017 - 57 answers [158 favorites]

Experiences similar to total eclipse

What other experiences could I seek out that are on par with the wonder of seeing a total solar eclipse? [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel to Travel & Transportation at 1:41 PM on Aug 22, 2017 - 63 answers [158 favorites]

Easy delicious meals for depressed, fatigued spinster

I'm looking for recipes that are remarkably delicious and sophisticated given the low effort required to make them. No-knead bread would fit into this category, and so would this red cabbage salad. [more inside]
posted by bunderful to Food & Drink at 5:44 AM on Dec 21, 2017 - 35 answers [146 favorites]

Share your Instant Pot love here!

I think I want an Instant Pot. If you love yours, what model/size do you have and why do you love it? What do you make in it the most? Do you have a favorite cookbook that you find helpful? Possibly relevant details—I only cook for myself, but love bulk-cooking ahead and freezing single servings. No dietary restrictions.
posted by bookmammal to Food & Drink at 5:17 AM on Nov 25, 2017 - 44 answers [145 favorites]

Meta Gift Guide

What are you favorite gift guides? I know about Cooltools, Wirecutter and NYTimes, so I guess I'm looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. I ask because I can't find the guide from a couple of years ago that led to the pet portrait on our wall.
posted by donpardo to Grab Bag at 11:17 AM on Nov 25, 2017 - 19 answers [145 favorites]

What is your favorite dish from your country?

I’d like to try food of the world, and I’d like to make it myself. Please give me recipes for the favorite food from your country. Preferably something I can make without having to order ingredients online, or burying a fish for six months; but I’m open to that as well if the dish is worth it. Main courses preferred, but again I am open for anything, and I do not mind several suggestions from the same country. Thanks!
posted by Agent X9 to Food & Drink at 12:18 PM on Sep 29, 2017 - 56 answers [144 favorites]

In need of a book to be obsessed with

It's another book recommendation question! MeFi, I need a book that is completely engrossing; something to fall in love with, something I can't put down, something that makes my heart feel like it's expanding not un-painfully. Notable reads that scratched this itch for me in the past include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop), Freedom (Franzen) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Help! [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes to Media & Arts at 1:47 PM on Apr 14, 2017 - 65 answers [137 favorites]

Feel-good movies that are also good?

Recently there was a thread on Metafilter about A League of Their Own, and I re-watched it and realized it hits the perfect tone of being feel-good, but also good quality. I'm looking for other movies like this! [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 5:27 PM on Jul 10, 2017 - 79 answers [133 favorites]

What is worth paying a *little* more for?

The other day I bought a bottle of bleach at the market. Normally for this kind of item I'd look for the cheapest generic version. However, the Clorox brand has a no-splash pour spout that works well, and for that my clumsy butt is willing to pay an extra 70-80¢. We've had questions about worthwhile splurges on the higher end. What are some practical* examples of features that are a relatively cheap upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A to Grab Bag at 8:20 AM on Sep 1, 2017 - 118 answers [129 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 [128 favorites]

What product(s) changed your life?

I'm interested in products that will help make my life easier. Hit me! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 to Grab Bag at 8:45 AM on Jun 28, 2017 - 61 answers [124 favorites]

What is the Snowcrash of today?

What is the Snowcrash of today? In my youth, the novel Snowcrash was quite a phenomenon: it was a fun, exciting read, with crazy ideas, and you didn't have to be into sci fi to enjoy it. People who were into literary fiction, or who didn't even normally read books, had read it. What book holds a similar sort of place nowadays? It doesn't have to be sci fi.
posted by surenoproblem to Media & Arts at 1:34 AM on Nov 7, 2017 - 52 answers [122 favorites]

Paths from my couch to EVERYWHERE

I loved Couch to 5K, the program designed to take a person from being a sedentary non-runner to being a 5K-runner. I'd like to find other programs which take you from zero to being a solid beginner. These could be in sports (Couch to Yoga/Weights/Swimming) or other fields (Couch to Cooking/Being Well Read/Meditating/Political Activism/Gardening/Woodwork/Birdwatching/Having a Clean House/Whatever), and they could be free or paid. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger to Education at 11:58 PM on Jan 2, 2018 - 10 answers [120 favorites]

Women's clothes made to last

Two years ago I pared down my wardrobe to two tees, two long sleeved tees, one blouse, two jeans, leggings, a sweater, a funeral/wedding dress and work clothes. I love it but my ten-year-old j. crew stuff is finally disintegrating. I need new clothes but I want something built to last. I am willing to pay a little more for a quality item, but the brands I once thought built-to-last (J crew, Gap, Banana Republic, even LL Bean) are kind of shitty. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:45 PM on Aug 27, 2017 - 23 answers [118 favorites]

Hike Around the World

I'm looking for recommendations of multi-day hikes, ideally with places to sleep each night. [more inside]
posted by monologish to Travel & Transportation at 2:51 PM on Jan 18, 2017 - 37 answers [116 favorites]

Best advice from an old fogy

What's the best advice you ever received from someone who you thought was really being a "stick in the mud" or an "old fogy" when they gave the advice, but later you realized - they were totally right! [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Grab Bag at 10:21 PM on Apr 15, 2017 - 54 answers [115 favorites]

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