7 Books That Will Make You Smarter

There are lots of reasons to pick up a book. Maybe you’re in the mood for an escape from your everyday routine. Maybe you are confused and thought the book in question was the hollowed-out one where you store your bathtub gin, because you think it’s still prohibition (nice fedora, by the way).

But more often than not, we read to learn something, even if all we learn is what happens when a human falls in love with a vampire. This is a good thing, because the more you know, the longer you live, especially if you know things like how to escape from drunken bears. If you’re looking to be both entertained AND enlightened, here are 7 books guaranteed to make you a little bit smarter.


1. 'Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words' by Randall Munroe

2. 'We should all be feminists' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

3. 'The War of Independence' by John Fiske

4. 'Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations' by Dan Ariely

5. 'Real Artists Don't Starve' by Jeff Goins

6. 'The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia' by David McCandless

7. 'Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics' by Tim Marshall

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