The Best Books That Make You Think

Best books

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.