MY FAVORITE NONFICTION BOOKS ROUNDUP FOR 2017
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2017 has been a great year for me, reading-wise!
I will also give you the warning that they are all nonfiction, education-focused, choices, so if nerding out isn’t your thing, I doubt you’ll like this list. Why don’t you check out some of my less nerdy (note that I didn’t say “not nerdy”) posts instead such as:
- 6 Reasons Blogs Fail
- 9 Things To Do In Your 20’s To Avoid Regrets In Your 30’s
- Why I Quit My Job So I Can Work Full-Time On My Blog
So, without further ado, here are some of MY fave books I’ve read this year:
(Note: these are just books that I read in 2017, they weren’t necessarily published in 2017.)
HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY AND/OR SELF-IMPROVEMENT NONFICTION:
1. Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything
A riveting read on how we can teach ourselves to learn better. The author, Ulrich Boser, actually struggled with learning as a child, but fortunately, for him and readers of this book, overcame them.
Boser discusses learning as a skill that we can always work on improving, with various strategies, instead of thinking of learning as a static trait that we have either been gifted with or not.
2. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
As it turns out, valedictorians rarely become millionaires. Author Eric Barker discusses achievements and the attainment of success in this interesting book.
How big of a role do habits play in our lives? How much do they control us?
Author Charles Duhigg addresses the development and purpose of habits, and more, in this book. (And how we can change our habits to improve our lives.)
4. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Author Daniel Kahneman discusses different systems of thinking (did you know there is more than one system that we use to think?). He explains the two systems of thinking and how we can start using them to think better.
5. Outliers: The Story of Success
I actually love this entire series, but I thought it might be a little excessive to include all of them. (Check out my review on another one of them: What The Dog Saw Book Review.)
Author Malcolm Gladwell discusses the outliers of society in this riveting read, and the stories behind the successes.
6. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto)
The story goes that humans used to think that it was a fact that all swans were white, because they had seen thousands and thousands of white swans. But it only took one black swan (aka a highly improbable phenomenon) to disprove them.
In this interesting read, author Nassim Taleb explores black swan events (like the success of Google), why we don’t acknowledge these black swan events until after they occur, and more on the faults of human logic.
Author J.D. Vance provides a rare insight into a poor white Appalachian family with his memoir and explores the related social problems of the demographic.
(I think I first heard about this book on a NPR podcast if that gives you any idea on the level of exploration of social, regional, class decline.)
I’ve read at least 10 autobiographies in 2017, but perhaps you’ve noticed that there are only 2 books in this section. I am very serious about only discussing and suggesting products that provide value to my readers. I believe these 2 books do that and beyond.
In his autobiography, Gucci tells his life story of course (which is fascinating to say the least), but also inspires. Gucci is not only an obviously extremely successful artist, but also a visionary and supporter of other young artists. I had no idea the extent to which he had basically created the careers of many of the familiar artists you may hear today. Plus his entrepreneurial spirit is unparalleled, you can see it in the ragingly popular music he creates for proof.
This is the amazing story of Lewis & Clark’s exploration out West. A true adventure tale, if you’re a history buff.
If the mystery of the missing plane continues to plague you, like it does me, then this is the book for you.
You may wonder, how did an entire plane disappear and nobody could find it? Planes are huge, it should have been easy. Not so, author James Nixon explains. Nixon discusses various theories on the who and how of the missing plane, and explains why so many organizations searched for so long without finding a trace of the plane or the missing people.
By the way, the search for MH370 is back on!
I believe stories of failure are just as important as stories of success. Plus I love real estate. So this was a no-brainer for my favorite books list.
12. Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
I’m sure you’re wondering if I have some sort of problem (I do) at this point if you’ve already read my Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic Book Review. But seriously, it’s such a good book and I truly believe everyone who drives should read it. It changed how I drive, I know for sure.
So, there are my 12 very favorite books I’ve read this year.
Have you read any of them? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments! 🙂