Call these best sellers, must reads, or nonfictional masterpieces; these are some of the most acknowledged literary works of all time. If you are literature lovers, you have probably read or maybe heard about these for sure.
2020 especially calls for some motivation, truth, facts, reality checks and entertainment/lessons, and life learnings in the form of nonfiction.
Here’s my list of 10 best nonfiction Books, in no particular order.
1) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
“We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us.”
The book seeks to develop the idea of the evolution of humankind. And by analyzing our past, we can help in shaping a better future. The idea of the evolution of Homo sapiens makes it a fascinating read. It inculcates vast concepts of human lives, agriculture, industry, science, and revolutions. The author focuses on how humans remain the most successful species due to their creation of abstract ideas, like religion, freedom, and industry.
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2) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
The title of the book describes in itself how the author focuses on the power of thinking. Thoughts and desire along with faith, imagination, decision, persistence and power of the master mind are some of the takeaways the writer leaves for his readers to grab and examine.
3) Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
“History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among people’s environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves”
The book deals with the idea of how and why certain societies have survived and thrived from the beginning of humankind, the ideas of history, race, geographical advances, and the success and failure of certain populations.
4) 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
The book is about strategies to improve your mental health and well being, with examples and case studies where people have overcome several challenges in their lives. The author herself provides great insight and applicable knowledge being a trained psychotherapist.
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5) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
In a way, the book talks about what we need to care about and what we do not. Neither sugarcoated nor a motivational guide, the book offers us straightforward content to reflect upon.
6) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya ANGELOU
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
The book is probably the most popular and critically acclaimed work for which the author received recognition and acknowledgement. It is based on the themes of family, self discovery and motherhood. The book provides readers a profound knowledge about the lives of black people in South America during the 1930s.
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7) You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
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We all have enormous potential, we possess the power to succeed at absolutely everything we direct our energy towards and we ourselves create obstacles for us. Jen Sincero helps her readers to stop self doubting and break away from the mental barriers that hold us back from achieving our goals.
8) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
The book deals with a range of subjects from cosmology, the big bang theory, black holes, and some complex mathematics. An outcome of Stephen Hawking’s years of research, the book remains an international bestseller.
9) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
“Often we don’t realize that our attitude toward something has been influenced by the number of times we have been exposed to it in the past.”
The book deals with Cialdini’s universal principals of influence and questions like why people say yes. Also, it talks about how to save oneself from unethical attempts of influence.
10) Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
Through the autobiography, Feynman gives an honest and human view of his take on life, along with a series of light-hearted stories.