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What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

You can define best in whatever way is most meaningful to you—most illuminating, most entertaining, most moving, most informative, most can’t-stop-talking-about-it, most beautifully written, most fun, most comforting, most reread able etc. etc. One book. The best book. No judgment, no snobbery. I’m searching for reading list inspiration and suggestions for obvious reasons and want to keep my potential options wide open.
posted by HonoriaGlossop to Media & Arts at 7:57 PM on Mar 16, 2020 - 124 answers [185 favorites]

What do you always recommend to people?

In any category...whether it's a book or movie, habit or piece of advice, product, whatever, the thing you tell people about whenever you get a chance because it has improved your life so much. [more inside]
posted by lgyre to Society & Culture at 1:44 PM on Jan 27, 2021 - 118 answers [178 favorites]

What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life?

I bought some silicone spatulas recently. It has made me realise that trying to cook everything with that one slightly janky fishslice I has was suboptimal. What small things have you recently bought that have unexpectedly made your life unexpectedly easier? (Please do not limit your responses to kitchen things, these were just examples that came to mind). [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Grab Bag at 4:11 AM on Nov 1, 2020 - 112 answers [167 favorites]

Life hacks for the psyche and emotional wellbeing

What's a good habit that you introduced in your life and has since made all the difference? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind to Human Relations at 11:03 PM on Jul 28, 2020 - 36 answers [138 favorites]

Greatest podcast episodes of all time

There are simply too many podcasts these days and not enough time in the day. I would like to create a curated playlist of single podcast episodes. Please share with me what you consider to be your favorites. Any genre will do. Any emotion arising after listening will do. All that matters is that I optimize the little time I have and fill my ears with amazing single podcast episodes.
posted by jasondigitized to Computers & Internet at 6:27 AM on Jan 13, 2021 - 34 answers [131 favorites]

What are some things that make you laugh every time you think of them?

I'm looking for things that for one reason or another surge to your memory occasionally and every time you think of them, you laugh -- out loud, or at least in your mind. It could be a joke or a comic or an incident. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches to Grab Bag at 10:43 AM on Jan 7, 2021 - 125 answers [129 favorites]

I want a book I can't put down

In the past few years, I've found it harder to concentrate on reading for pleasure- I keep making it only halfway through books. But I miss my voracious reading days! So I need a recommendation for a book that's so engaging that I'll actually look forward to picking it back up. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to Media & Arts at 11:06 AM on Jun 21, 2020 - 45 answers [125 favorites]

Looking for more kind TV

2020 has ruined my ability to enjoy TV that is anything other than gentle and kind. I’ve watched all the great British baking show that Netflix has to offer, same with Queer Eye and Schitt’s Creek. I’m looking for more shows in the same vein - ones that leave me with a smile on my face after watching. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass to Media & Arts at 6:45 AM on Jan 2, 2021 - 77 answers [125 favorites]

Vegetarian/Vegan meals that make you happy

I'm looking for simple meals that invoke a feeling. I have access to your average, middle America grocery store. Let's say you're spending a few days alone at a cabin in the woods. The weather is beautiful, you're in your comfiest PJs and all is right with the world. What simple vegetarian/vegan meal do you make for yourself?
posted by ChodenKal to Food & Drink at 6:24 AM on Jun 23, 2020 - 52 answers [109 favorites]

RecommendationFilter: Deep secrets slowly revealed

I love books and shows where a minor mystery leads to a major mystery - especially if the major mystery turns out to be far deeper, weirder and more sinister. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront to Media & Arts at 1:49 PM on Jan 15, 2021 - 55 answers [107 favorites]

recommend me more books like this....

one of my favorite non-fiction books of the past few years is "salt: a world history." recommend to me books in that vein that i will love just as much!
posted by megan_magnolia to Media & Arts at 5:54 PM on Jan 21, 2021 - 43 answers [107 favorites]

How many ways to do rice and beans

Looking for interesting, fun, preferably easy but not necessarily, ways to do rice and beans. Any good ones? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils to Food & Drink at 2:39 PM on Jul 3, 2020 - 27 answers [106 favorites]

Looks for books featuring women + folk tale/myth retelling

I've found a formula that really works for me in fiction: strong women characters + a retelling of mythology or folk tales. Some good examples include Circe by Madeline Miller and Spinning Silver and Uprooted by Naomi Novik. What else should I try? Other elements I'm into but are of secondary importance to what I listed above: witchcraft (women coming into their power), a story that weaves together separate narrative threads mid-way through the book, and longitudinal looks at people's lives. I'm not into hetero romance so much, but I'll put up with a little bit of it if I must. I don't want it to be the main event. Whatcha got?
posted by sugarbomb to Grab Bag at 1:58 PM on Jun 30, 2020 - 48 answers [104 favorites]

Greens + veggies + other stuff = deliciousness

I'm hungry for salad recipes that seem outrageously easy. I have fallen in love with this format, more than seeing actual recipes, as I know how to throw things together: Arugula + quinoa + chickpeas + cucumber & tomato + feta cheese + lemon juice/balsamic/olive oil/dijon mustard. ___ + ____ + ____ = your favorite salad recipe of this kind?
posted by tiny frying pan to Food & Drink at 12:40 PM on Feb 25, 2020 - 21 answers [99 favorites]

You can thank me later!

What things do you do to make things easier for future you? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Grab Bag at 3:54 PM on May 30, 2020 - 63 answers [93 favorites]

'Amiably peopled' novels

What are your favourite low-stress, enjoyable literary novels about people just hanging out? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Media & Arts at 4:41 PM on Aug 26, 2020 - 29 answers [90 favorites]

What are some neat websites I can share with high school students?

What are your favorite chill, silly, mildly intriguing or entertaining internet finds that I can use to build relationships with my high school students? We're learning virtually, and I had great success during fall semester with spending the first 10-15 minutes of class showing them something neat to play/discuss. But now we're headed into spring semester and I'm tapped out! Seeking anything you've seen on the internet lately that captured your interest for a few minutes. I've got examples inside... [more inside]
posted by lilac girl to Computers & Internet at 6:08 PM on Dec 31, 2020 - 27 answers [89 favorites]

Music To Grade To

Please recommend some instrumental, groovy, non-intrusive music so I can focus on grading all these damn papers. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu to Media & Arts at 10:31 AM on Sep 25, 2020 - 50 answers [87 favorites]

Best life upgrades in a pandemic world?

Is there anything you've purchased, any classes or hobbies you've started, or practices you've adopted that have seriously upgraded your life during this pandemic? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:02 PM on Jan 25, 2021 - 56 answers [87 favorites]

Joyful, funny, hopeful, feel-good book recommendations needed

I need some gentle escapism. Bonus points if it's available on audible. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction as well as young adult, but am open to anything, really. Something like "The Goblin Emperor" , Becky Chambers wayfarer books, or the Murderbot books, maybe? I'm open to romance, historical fiction, whatever, as long as it's relatively gentle and hopeful. I'm struggling with severe anxiety and can't handle anything too real right now.
posted by Zumbador to Media & Arts at 1:38 AM on Jun 30, 2020 - 37 answers [86 favorites]

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