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As an avid reader, I occasionally go off the grid and binge on serious non-fiction books (e.g., finance, history, artificial intelligence). Although I prefer fiction – and I often need a respite from reading serious work-related material – a good dose of non-fiction clears my head, provides multiple views of reality, and opens my mind to the current and future state of the world.
That said, I have some book recommendations for you – 1 fiction, 4 non-fiction.
If you’re in a book rut, or you’re wondering what to read next, check out the booklist below.
I have read each book, and each one offers something different. The topic, the author’s writing style, or the book’s applicability to my life drew me in. Each has its own appeal.
Below each book, I include a description to give you an idea of what to expect. The books are listed in no particular order.
Peruse the list. Then feel free to try a new topic or new genre. If you really want to challenge yourself, go on a book reading binge.
5 Book Recommendations
1. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - Charlie Mackesy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse charts a wonderful friendship between unlikely characters.
2. How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job - Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
How Women Rise showcases the habits that help women rise, and chronicles how those same habits may hinder women as they progress in their careers.
3. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
In Born a Crime, a comedian recounts his life during and after apartheid. With a black mother and a white father, he was literally born a crime.
4. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order - Kai-Fu Lee
AI Superpowers explores recent developments in artificial intelligence, and predicts who will win and who will lose as nations battle to become AI superpowers.
Atomic Habits provides tools and strategies to break old habits and form new habits, one small change at a time.