My favourite book of all time is 1984 and I have read it so many times that my copy is falling apart and is being held together with masking tape. I like to read every night before falling asleep, but I now tend to read electronic books. I know reading from a screen might not be great for my eyesight and might disturb my sleep, but I have so many books in boxes gathering dust, that I feel it is better for the environment to read an iBook. The other day I was scrolling through my iBooks app looking at the books I have read this year, and there were too many that I couldn’t remember reading. You see, I am rather partial to a 99p thriller or detective novel and whilst I enjoy them at the time, I soon forget what they are about, and can’t recall the story from the title. But, there were at least 5 books that have really stayed in my memory, and were certainly the best books I read this year. I’m not really surprised that 4 out of 5 of them are non-fiction – and you could actually argue that the fifth is not really fiction – because books that relate to real life really get me thinking. So here is my list of the best books that make you think:
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Hurari. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, this book got me thinking a lot about humans and our impact on animals and the environment.
- The Circle by Dave Eggers. This book could possibly have been part of the reason I went offline a bit this summer, and is the fiction/non-fiction I refer to above – it definitely gets you thinking about the direction society is moving in.
- The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay-Smith. This was recommended on a blog post I read on books that make you a better blogger and it made me think more about my blog and the goals I have for it. It also inspired me to self-host my blog and invest more in SEO – whether this will make my blog more successful, I don’t know, but I think it is all helping me to be a better blogger.
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. After reading Sapiens, I wanted to know more about where my food was coming from, and I came across this book, and despite being a bit difficult to read in some places, I was glad to have reduced my ignorance on many aspects related to our food industry.
- Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. An honest autobiographical book about mental health (and OCD in particular) full of hilarious stories. This book got me thinking about how fortunate I am to benefit from good mental health.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for books that will get me thinking in 2018.