3 types of books that make you smarter

Look at the shelves of your local bookstore – most likely you’ll see the stacks of books “how to get smarter”. Here they are: the endless shelves full of “improve the way you think”, “make your brain works” blah-blah. Useful? Nah, I don’t think so. I belong to the type of bookworms that try to combine the fiction (reading for pleasure and fir fun) with some educational stuff (mostly about grammar, style, English language); and, as for me, the general books “becoming smarter in 24 hours” are a waste of trees, really. Sure thing, you want to improve yourself, who doesn’t? But what to read except really useful books on psychology or references? The scholars from all over the world knows the answer:



  • help you to learn more from others’ mistakes
  • unlike the fictional books, the biographies contain unique, real stories that show you the real world, real problems, and solutions
  • the great source of inspiration
  • help you to study the relationships between people, to understand more about the world and how it functions


  1. “On writing” Stephen King 
  2. “Steve Jobs” Walter Isaacson
  3. “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman


2.Science fiction, fantasy

  • the chance to have a look at the world’s problems in a different way
  • full of important questions such as “What future hold for us?” “What’s next? “Is there any purpose in what we are doing?”
  • turn on your imagination, make the brain works
  • scientific facts, new information
  • make new connections in your brain


  1. “Fahrenheit 451”  Ray Bradbury
  2. “Brave new world” Aldous Huxley
  3. “The Martian” Andy Weir


3.Books about  building relationships with other people

  • you live among people your whole life, learn how to communicate with them effectively
  • learn to make friends and create work connections
  • solve problems in love life
  • Learn how to communicate with family and kids


  1. “Never eat alone” Keith Ferrazzi
  2. “The like switch” Jack Schafer
  3. “How to fin friends and influence people” Dale Carneige