The Best Books To Make You Smarter

The Best Books To Make You Smarter

What are the best books to read if you want to become smarter?” We looked at 196 of the top books to increase your intelligence, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Reading pretty much any book will make you smarter. Even reading the trashiest of trash can help you learn a new word, idea, or realize something you didn’t previously know. The books in this list are a bit more engaging and educational than your everyday book, covering a wide array of information and subjects (some might even claim “nearly everything”).

Below you can find the top 18 books, all appearing on two or more lists, along with images, summaries, and links. The remaining 176 books, as well as the sources we used, are listed alphabetically at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!

Top 18 Books To Read To Increase Your Intelligence

Editors Choice) John Brockman Edited Books


The John Brockman edited series of yearly books aren’t going to give you a deep dive into any one subject, but they will, hopefully, spark an idea or interest you might not know existed. Definitely good jumping off points for ideas, and a great resource to have around the house for a quick dive in for inspiration.

These are a yearly series of books, a few of which I’ve linked to below:

18 .) Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business
  • Inc.

“Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.”

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17 .) Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Lists It Appears On:

  • ListOgre
  • Why To Read

“Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an econo-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.”

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16 .) On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Lists It Appears On:

  • ListOgre
  • Brain Pickings

On the Origin of Species (or more completely, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life), published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin’s book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation.

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15 .) The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bryn Donovan
  • Inc.

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain―real and imagined, her own and others’―Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration―in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

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14 .) The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

Lists It Appears On:

  • Medium
  • MCK Publishing Group

YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions–and lots of stress. AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH–LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life–work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?

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13 .) The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Lists It Appears On:

  • Why To Read
  • Business

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporterCharles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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12 .) The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bryn Donovan
  • Brain Pickings

“The original blueprint for realpolitik, The Prince shocked sixteenth-century Europe with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. For this treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, this seminal work of modern political thought retains its power to alarm and to instruct.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.”

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11 .) The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bryn Donovan
  • Brain Pickings

The Wealth of Nations was published 9 March 1776, during the Scottish Enlightenment and the Scottish Agricultural Revolution. It influenced a number of authors and economists, as well as governments and organizations. For example, Alexander Hamilton was influenced in part by The Wealth of Nations to write his Report on Manufactures, in which he argued against many of Smith’s policies. Interestingly, Hamilton based much of this report on the ideas of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, and it was, in part, Colbert’s ideas that Smith responded to with The Wealth of Nations. Many other authors were influenced by the book and used it as a starting point in their own work, including Jean-Baptiste Say, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus and, later, Ludwig von Mises. The Russian national poet Aleksandr Pushkin refers to The Wealth of Nations in his 1833 verse-novel Eugene Onegin.

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10 .) Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition by Napoleon Hill

Lists It Appears On:

  • Malan
  • MCK Publishing Group

“The most famous of all teachers of success spent a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort to produce the Law of Success philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized and explained for the general public in this book.

In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. This book will teach you the secrets that could bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success.

Money and material things are essential for freedom of body and mind, but there are some who will feel that the greatest of all riches can be evaluated only in terms of lasting friendships, loving family relationships, understanding between business associates, and introspective harmony which brings one true peace of mind! All who read, understand, and apply this philosophy will be better prepared to attract and enjoy these spiritual values.”

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9 .) Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business
  • Inc.

With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner take us inside their thought process and teach us all how to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally. In Think Like A Freak, they offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.

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8 .) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cool Material
  • ListOgre
  • MCK Publishing Group

“A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.”

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7 .) Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Listverse
  • Why To Read
  • Business

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

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6 .) Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cool Material
  • Why To Read
  • Business

“In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “”outliers””–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. “

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5 .) The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bryn Donovan
  • Business
  • Brain Pickings

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

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4 .) The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Listverse
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Business

“In The Courage to Write, Ralph Keyes, an author who has taught writing for more than thirty years, assures us that anxiety is felt by writers at every level, especially when they dare to do their best. He describes the sequence of “”courage points”” through which all writers must pass, from the challenge of identifying a worthwhile project to the mixture of pride and panic they feel when examining a newly published book or article.

Keyes also offers specifics on how to root out dread of public “”performance”” and of the judgment of family and friends, make the best use of writers’ workshops and conferences, and handle criticism of works in progress. Throughout, he includes the comments of many accomplished writers — Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, Rita Dove, Isabel Allende, and others — on how they transcended their own fears to produce great works.”

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3 .) Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Why To Read
  • Cool Material
  • Business
  • Buzzfeed

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

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2 .) Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cool Material
  • Why To Read
  • ListOgre
  • Buzzfeed
  • Listverse

In this “artful, informative, and delightful” (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California’s Gold Medal.

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1 .) A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Business
  • Buzzfeed
  • Cool Material
  • Listverse
  • Why To Read

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

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The #19-196 Additional Best Books To Make You Smarter


# Book Author Lists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
19 10:04 Ben Lerner The Huffington Post
20 A History of Western Philosophy Bertrand Russell Lifehack Lane
21 A New Earth: Create a Better Life Eckhart Tolle MCK Publishing Group
22 A People’s History of the United States Howard Zinn Listverse
24 A Walk In The Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Bill Bryson Barnes & Noble
25 Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China Evan Osnos Inc.
26 All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque. Bryn Donovan
27 Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Huffington Post
28 An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth M.K. Gandhi, Sunil Khilnani, Mahadev Desai, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi MCK Publishing Group
29 An Incomplete Education ListOgre
30 And So It Goes And So It Goes Charles J. Shields NPR
31 Antifragile Nassim Nicholas Stop Start Do
32 At Home: A Short History of Private Life Bill Bryson Listverse
33 Atlas Shrugged (Penguin Modern Classics) Ayn Rand MCK Publishing Group
34 Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life Tony Robbins MCK Publishing Group
35 Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart Joyce Carol Oates. Bryn Donovan
36 Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life Katherine Boo. Bryn Donovan
37 Believing Bullshit Stephen Law Buzzfeed
38 Beowulf translation by Seamus Heaney. Bryn Donovan
39 Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates The Huffington Post
40 Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World Dalai Lama MCK Publishing Group
41 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Elizabeth Gilbert MCK Publishing Group
42 Bold Peter H. Diamandis Stop Start Do
43 Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street John Brooks Forbes
44 CA$HVERTISING: How to Use More than 100 Secrets of Ad-Agency Psychology to Make Big Money Selling Anything to Anyone Malan
45 Can’t and Won’t Lydia Davis The Huffington Post
46 Catch-22 Joseph Heller. Bryn Donovan
47 Chasing the North Star Robert Morgan She Knows
48 Circling the Sun Paula McLain She Knows
49 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell. Bryn Donovan
50 Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age Amanda MacKenzie Stuart Barnes & Noble
51 Contrary Notions Michael Parenti Listverse
52 Daily Rituals: How Artists Work Malan
53 Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking Christian Ruder Inc.
54 Dawn Octavia E. Butler Bryn Donovan
55 Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville. Bryn Donovan
56 Diamond Head Cecily Wong She Knows
57 Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy René Descartes Bryn Donovan
58 Dissident Gardens Jonathan Lethem The Huffington Post
59 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick Bryn Donovan
60 Do the Work Medium
61 Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and a Call to Mercy Matthew Scully Bryn Donovan
62 Don Quixote Cervantes. Bryn Donovan
63 Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson Forbes
64 Everyday Sexism Laura Bates Inc.
65 Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, Fifth Edition David Buss MCK Publishing Group
66 Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life William Deresiewicz Inc.
67 Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local–and Helped Save an American Town Beth Macy Inc.
68 Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times Dennis McDougal MCK Publishing Group
69 Flatland ListOgre
70 Flight of Dreams Ariel Lawhon She Knows
71 Flow Medium
72 For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran Inc.
73 Fun Home Alison Bechdel The Huffington Post
74 Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters Matt Ridley Bryn Donovan
75 Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift Brain Pickings
76 Gulp: Adventures on the Ailmentary Canal Mary Roach Barnes & Noble
77 Half of a Yellow Sun Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie Bryn Donovan
78 Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honour, Social Discomfort and Violence William Ian Miller Lifehack Lane
79 I Always Loved You Robin Oliveira She Knows
80 I Am That Nisargadatta Maharaj Lifehack Lane
81 In the Woods Tana French. Bryn Donovan
82 Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Lifehack Lane
83 Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion ListOgre
84 Into the Savage Country Shannon Burke She Knows
86 Intuition Pumps Daniel Dennett Buzzfeed
87 Ishmael ListOgre
88 It Works: The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your dreams Come True! R H Jarrett MCK Publishing Group
89 James Madison Richard Brookhiser NPR
90 John Brown W.E.B. DuBois Bryn Donovan
91 Jump Start Your Business Brain Doug Hall Business
92 Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job Aliza Licht Bryn Donovan
93 Life Is What You Make It Peter Buffett Forbes
94 London, a Biography Peter Ackroyd. Bryn Donovan
95 Machete Season: The Killers In Rwanda Speak Jean Hatzfield Lifehack Lane
96 Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust Viktor E Frankl MCK Publishing Group
97 Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics) Peter F. Drucker MCK Publishing Group
98 Mastery Robert Greene Stop Start Do
99 Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, a newish translation Gregory Hays Bryn Donovan
100 Monocle Guide to Better Living Andrew Tuck and Santiago Rodriguez Tarditi Cool Material
101 Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography Kathryn Spink MCK Publishing Group
102 Nudge Medium
103 Of Grammatology Jacques Derrida. Bryn Donovan
104 Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood. Bryn Donovan
105 Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life Malan
106 Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi. Bryn Donovan
107 Philosophy 101 Paul Kleinman Cool Material
108 Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel Michio Kaku. Bryn Donovan
109 Play It As It Lays Joan Didion Bryn Donovan
110 Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely Listverse
111 Radioactive Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love & Fallout Lauren Redniss NPR
112 Reasons and Persons Derek Parfit Lifehack Lane
113 Riveted Jim Davies MCK Publishing Group
114 Saga Brian K. Vaughan Bryn Donovan
115 Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys She Knows
116 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari MCK Publishing Group
117 Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher Richard P. Feynman Why To Read
118 Stars over Sunset Boulevard Susan Meissner She Knows
119 Steve Jobs A Biography Walter Isaacson NPR
120 Stones in the Road E.B. Moore She Knows
121 Strong Poison Dorothy L. Sayers. Bryn Donovan
122 Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Mad World Mark Miodownik. Bryn Donovan
123 SuperFreakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Cool Material
124 Superintelligence Nick Bostrom Lifehack Lane
125 Swamplandia! Karen Russell The Huffington Post
126 Tao of Jeet Kune Do Bruce Lee Listverse
127 Tenth of December George Saunders The Huffington Post
128 Terrible Virtue Ellen Feldman She Knows
129 Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age W. Bernard Carlson Bryn Donovan
130 The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life Malan
131 The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking Medium
132 The Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China Evan Osnos Bryn Donovan
133 The Age of Reason Thomas Paine Brain Pickings
134 The American Way of Death Jessica Mitford Barnes & Noble
135 The Annotated Alice Lewis Carroll, Notes by Martin Gardner Barnes & Noble
136 The Apple Experience: Secrets to Building Insanely Great Customer Loyalty Gallo MCK Publishing Group
137 The Arabian Nights translated by Muhsin Mahdi and Husain Haddawy Bryn Donovan
138 The Bad Guys Won Jeff Pearlman. Bryn Donovan
139 The Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism Ha-Joon Chang Bryn Donovan
140 The Better Angels of Our Nature Steven Pinker Buzzfeed
141 The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran Bryn Donovan
142 The Bible Brain Pickings
143 The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb Cool Material
144 The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt Doris Kearns Goodwin Bryn Donovan
145 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Forbes
146 The Count of Monte Cristo ListOgre
147 The Demon-Haunted World Carl Sagan Buzzfeed
150 The Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History S.C. Gwynne Bryn Donovan
151 The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Brad Stone MCK Publishing Group
152 The First 20 Hours Medium
153 The Flight of Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism Keith Dowman Lifehack Lane
154 The Greatest Salesman in the World Mandino Og MCK Publishing Group
155 The Greatest Secret in the World Og Mandino Business
156 The Guns of August Barbara Tuchman. Bryn Donovan
157 The Holographic Universe Michael Talbot Listverse
158 The Holy Qoran Lifehack Lane
159 The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us Diane Ackerman Inc.
160 The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? Seth Godin MCK Publishing Group
161 The Iliad Homer (a new translation by Peter Green) Bryn Donovan
162 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot. Bryn Donovan
163 The Innovator’s Dilemma Clayton M. Christensen Forbes
164 The Intelligent Investor Benjamin Graham Forbes
165 The Journalist and The Murderer Janet Malcolm Lifehack Lane
166 The Last Word Thomas Nagel Lifehack Lane
167 The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann. Bryn Donovan
168 The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett. Bryn Donovan
169 The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are Robert Wright Why To Read
170 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander Bryn Donovan
171 The Organized Mind Medium
172 The Republic (Penguin Classics) Plato MCK Publishing Group
173 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William L. Shirer Bryn Donovan
174 The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins Buzzfeed
175 The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner. Bryn Donovan
176 The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease Daniel E. Lieberman MCK Publishing Group
177 The System of the World Isaac Newton Brain Pickings
178 The Tale of the Dueling Nuerosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery Sam Kean. Bryn Donovan
179 The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe Stephen W. Hawking MCK Publishing Group
180 The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan Bryn Donovan
181 The Tibetan Book of the Dead Bryn Donovan
182 The Universe Within Neil Shubin Buzzfeed
183 The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion Lifehack Lane
184 Think Simon Blackburn Buzzfeed
185 This Is How You Lose Her Junot Díaz The Huffington Post
186 This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking John Brockman Why To Read
187 Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life Arianna Huffington MCK Publishing Group
189 Train Your Brain Su Doku Wayne Gold. Barnes & Noble
190 Under the Wide and Starry Sky Nancy Horan She Knows
191 Van Gogh The Life Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith NPR
192 What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People ListOgre
193 What If? Randall Munroe Cool Material
194 Where Good Ideas Come From Steven Johnson Stop Start Do
195 Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories Sandra Cisneros The Huffington Post
196 You Are Not Your Brain Jeffrey Schwarz Business

21 Best Books That Will Make You Smarter Book Sources/Lists

Source Article
Barnes & Noble 7 Books Guaranteed To Make You Smarter
Brain Pickings Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read
Bryn Donovan 50 Books That Might Make Me Smarter…Have You Read Them?
Business Give Your Brain a Boost: 12 Books Guaranteed to Make You More Intelligent
Buzzfeed 10 Books Guaranteed To Make You Smarter
Cool Material 10 Books That Will Make You Seem Smarter Than You Really Are
Forbes 9 Creative Ways To Find Books That Will Make You A Genius
Granby.K12 100 Books That Will Make You More Interesting, More Attractive, and Sound Smart Even If You Aren’t (Yet)
Inc. 10 Books That Will Make You Smarter in 2015
Lifehack Lane 12 Books That Will Make You Smarter
Listverse 10 Books That Will Make You Smarter
Malan 5 Books That Will Make You Smarter
MCK Publishing Group Books That Will Make You Smarter
Medium These Books Will Make You Smarter
Mens XP Brain Food: Books That Make You Smarter
NPR The Lives Of Geniuses: Five Brilliant Biographies
She Knows 11 historical fiction books that will make you smarter
The Huffington Post 10 Ingenious Books By Certifiable Geniuses
Why To Read 10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter


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