Smartphones, computers and tablets may be technological wonders, but few things can compare to the joy of learning and discovering something through a good book.
From reading about incredible advances in science and technology to big ideas that change the way we think and see the world, books that spark curiosity can inspire us to keep learning and discover something new.
If you’re looking to expand your mind and learn something new, here’s some of the best books to help spark your curiosity.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Few of us out there would describe tidying up as magical or life changing, but Marie Kondo’s smart and simple book about getting organised has struck a chord with millions of readers around the world. Using Japanese methods, Kondo shares her simple strategy: organise your home and keep only what you love. With your house in order, your whole life will change. Find it at Waterstones.
The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
Ever wondered why some people always reach for a second biscuit while others seem to display such rigid self-control? The Marshmallow Test delves into the interesting psychology behind self-control and delayed gratification and how our response to the test shapes the way we live. Pulling together decades of research, Mischel examines whether willpower is hardwired or learned, and how we can apply some of his findings to our everyday lives. From managing our weight to quitting smoking, the book shows us how to cultivate self control and enjoy life while we’re at it. Find it on Amazon.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
This book is filled with smart and funny questions you never thought to ask. Using a collection of weird and wonderful questions his readers have asked him through the years, Munroe delves into the science to find us answers to questions like: How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? Using everything from computer simulations to military research, Munroe manages to make learning hilarious and fun for all ages. Find it at Waterstones.
The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones
If you’ve ever felt that the powers that be closer resemble Big Brother from the pages of Orwell’s 1984 than a modern democratic state, The Establishment is the read for you. Shining a light on the the powerful and unaccountable network that operates behind the shadows of democracy, his narrative sets about calling into account Westminster, Fleet Street and the City. He shows how the people at the top are working against us rather than for us and shares his compelling argument about why it’s time to take these people into account. Find it on Amazon.
So tell us: do any of these books spark your curiosity?