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Non-Fiction Reads: Top Picks For The Rest of the Year

Your Guide to Non-Fiction Gems

The BookLab is where I share insights into the most fascinating non-fiction books. Today, I’m excited to walk you through the books I’m eagerly anticipating to read this year. From new releases to timeless classics, we’ll cover a diverse range of topics, including philosophy, psychology, and the depths of human nature and potential. Let’s jump right in!

1. “A Billion Wicked Thoughts” – Unveiling Human Desires

A Billion Wicked Thoughts book cover held in hand
A Billion Wicked Thoughts – Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam

This intriguing book offers a deep dive into human sexual desires, using data from adult websites to uncover truths often shrouded in taboo and dishonesty. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of human sexuality, revealing surprising differences across genders and cultures. My Twitter threads about this book have already sparked massive interest, so stay tuned for a detailed review soon!

2. “Elon Musk” by Walter Isaacson – A Fresh Perspective

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

As a big fan of Walter Isaacson’s biographies, I’m particularly excited about his latest book on Elon Musk. Although Ashlee Vance has already penned a biography on Musk, Isaacson’s take promises a more updated and comprehensive look at Musk’s recent endeavors, including his takeover of Twitter. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in visionary leaders and groundbreaking innovations. No one does a better work at laying out complex people’s lives than Walter Isaacson.

3. “Determined” by Robert Sapolsky – A Deep Dive into Free Will

Determined by Robert Sapolsky
Determined by Robert Sapolsky

Robert Sapolsky, a renowned behavioral scientist, returns with a compelling book about free will and determinism. His previous work, “Behave,” left a significant mark on me, and I’m eager to delve into his nuanced and complex perspective on human behavior. “Determined” is possibly the most anticipated read for me this year. I expect to be challenged and changed forever by this book. In other words, expectations are high!

4. “Same as Ever” by Morgan Housel – Uncovering Timeless Truths

After his impactful “The Psychology of Money,” which I reviewed a while back, Morgan Housel’s next book, “Same as Ever,” explores fundamental truths and patterns in history. I’m drawn to this book for its focus on the constants in life, amid the ever-changing world around us.

(Update: I’m half-way through this book now. It’s better than “The Psychology of Money” and might end up on my Book of the Year list.)

5. The Holy Bible – Exploring Foundational Texts

As an unconventional choice, I’m planning to read the Bible. Not from a religious perspective, but to understand its profound impact on values, culture, and human behavior. The King James Version, despite its daunting length, promises to be a fascinating exploration of influential stories and symbols. (not really nonfiction, but I still plan to read it =) )

Reviews Coming Up: “Scarcity Brain” by Michael Easter

Scarcity Brain by Michael Easter

Next week, I’ll review Michael Easter’s “Scarcity Brain,” a fresh release that delves into our desires and the psychology of wanting more. It’s a fascinating continuation of his work in “The Comfort Crisis,” and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

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