Top 5 Books That Will Make You Smarter, Wiser, and Overall Just a Better Person



Books have been the source of knowledge for ages. Authors have published books to allow people to access information, to learn and grow. There have been books published on everything from research to entertainment. But, there are some interesting books that will make you smarter and entertain you at the same time.

One concept that many people value is the idea of picking up a good book. Reading has become much easier with paper books, online books, and even audio books. So, there is no excuse that you can’t do some reading. One other concept that people value is reading to gain knowledge. But, sometimes those books can be dull.

Let’s go over some books that not only will make you smarter, but also will be entertaining along the way!

Pick Up These 5 Books to Make You More Intelligent 

1. Think and Grow Rich By Napolean Hill

This is a book inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s magic formula for success. It contains money-making secrets that can change your life. Not only will it tell you what to do, but also how to do it. The book has sections that are easy to follow. These sections cover everything from desire to imagination and the unconscious mind. It is an easy-to-read book that will make a big impact on the way you think about things. This book is entertaining to read, and it will also help you focus on self-development.

A close family friend told me about this book. This friend has gone on to be a very successful businessman himself. As I was reading through it, each section had relevance for my life. It challenged me to think along the way and has made me grow as a person. I recommend this book if you have any interest in business, or if you are seeking to grow yourself. This book will make you smarter.

2. A Short Story of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson 

This is a book that Bill Bryson has written to answer questions about the universe and ourselves. With the questions that don’t have answers, he is able to help make everything easier to understand. The writing in this book is in a very concise and clear way. Bill Bryson made the effort to engage himself with the most advanced experts. These experts ranged from the fields of mathematicians to archaeologists. This is to have access to as much information as possible.

This book answers questions that can be humorous and at other times plain weird. It is always explained in a clear way. There are Quotes from A Short History of Nearly Everything that alone will get you thinking. This book had the influence of many smart individuals. So it contains the knowledge to make you smarter as well.

This is a book that you do not even have to read all the way through to make it worth it. Even opening up the book and reading a few pages will make you smarter. It is very interesting, entertaining, and full of knowledge. A few pages are all it takes to grab your attention and you will have trouble putting the book down.

3. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything…Fast by Josh Kaufman

This book is your basic book to teach you how to do anything that you want. It has all the basic skills that you need to get to do anything. Some of the basic skills are:

  1. Yoga
  2. Making web-based computer games.
  3. Playing the ukulele.
  4. Windsurfing.

This book can help you go from knowing nothing to being smart enough to perform these skills. Mastering one skill can take awhile, but becoming decent at many skills is as impressive. Having the knowledge to perform a variety of different skills will make you smarter.

Flipping through pages and finding different interesting skills to learn is exciting. Find something that you’ve always had an interest in, or something completely random. Either way, it will make you excited while teaching you new skills along the way. This book also puts everything into simple terms to make it easy to follow along. Pick up this book and you will be smarter. It will also let you show off a little bit for your friends and family.

4. What If? –  Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions By Randall Munroe

Everyone loves a good hypothetical question to debate. That is why this book is for everyone. The author thinks of the most random hypothetical questions. Then he takes a deeper look into them. So, have you ever wondered how fast you could hit a speed bump while driving and live? Or how high would you have to drop a piece of steak from for it cooked by the time it hit the ground? Or how much power hooking up everyone in a gym to a turbine could produce? If so, then this is the book for you. After reading this, you will be full of many random facts, that only smart people have the answer too.

What makes this book so entertaining is the randomness of it. Open the book anywhere and take an in-depth look at these absurd hypothetical situations. You will find yourself often laughing at the fact of what you are reading. This is another book that you can impress other people with. How, you might ask? Because at a family party you could talk about how long you could survive if your cells lost the power to divide. That will blow everyone away. This is an entertaining book full of a lot of random answers to hypothetical situations. Knowing these answers will make you feel smarter.

5. Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

This book analyzes two systems that drive our thought processes. One system is fast, intuitive, and emotional. The other is slow, more deliberate, and more logical. This book dives in to teach you how to control your thought process through decision making. There are some decisions that you have to make where you can rush into them. But, there are others that should take a little more time and thought. The author explores how to target the two types of thought processes used in decision making. This book will make you smarter from making everyday decisions to life decisions.

This is a book that once you dive into it, you start thinking about self-development. It makes you do a lot of thinking on your own, which helps you to better understand yourself. It is interesting and entertaining to learn about what this book has to offer. Be warned, it may be hard to put the book down and take a break. If you are looking to become smarter from reading, start with this book and go from there.

Final Thoughts on Why You Should Pick Up These Book And Do Some Smart Reading

Books have the ability to make you smarter because it challenges you to think on your own. It lets you develop the story in your mind using your imagination. A book also focuses your attention on what is being said.  It eliminates distracting images and sounds. Some books are full of information that will make you a smarter person. Other books are for pure entertainment and have an elaborate storyline to it. In either situation, books are forcing your brain to work, which is making you smarter.

The books listed above all have a good balance of information and entertainment. They will teach you a variety of different kinds of knowledge. Acquiring skills, learning random information, and self-development. All are components of these books. They all are books that you should consider picking up if you’re looking for a book that you can read. Because these are  5 books that will make you smarter.

If you have any other book suggestions, comments, or reviews, please leave a comment below! I hope you enjoy these books and find great information within them. Pick one up, and start becoming smarter!

Benjamin Renfo

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