10 Best Books Every Intellectual Should Read

Studies have proven that reading books can increase the levels of the three major intelligence categories, crystallized, fluid and emotional intelligence. So, here’s a list of the 10 best books that every intellectual should read.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Some critics say that The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last play, is one of his best works. It is a lyrical play about power, love, corruption, Shakespearean comedy and more. The story is of a magician, Prospero, who arrives at a magical island and punishes his enemies. But later, he decides to go to Italy, destroying all his magical things and his book on occult.

The Republic by Plato

Written in the form of a conversation between Socrates and three interlocutors, this is one of the most referred texts by academicians and people interested in art and performance. The Republic addresses the nature of power, importance of education and role of both genders in society.

A Tale of the Two Cities by Charles Dickens

This is a story about Paris and London during the French Revolution. This book is capable of sucking you deep into its story and taking you time travelling. It is all about love, passion, betrayal, sacrifice and redemption.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Don’t retract your steps just because it might appear like a historical manual. This book ideas and strategies that nearly every person, irrespective of age and profession, can implement in their lives. From a CEO to a student, this book is capable of enhancing the intellect of every one.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Initially, you might think that this one too scientific. However, the author has made a deep and expansive subject accessible to all. This book covers many topics, from religion to history, science, cultural and philosophy.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins

Stephen Hawkins’ classic work has undoubtedly become a landmark in the world of literature as well as scientific writing. It will keep you engaged in the micro and macroscopic world of science and will definitely provoke your thinking.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Just like the cover of this book, the story is also very beautiful and engaging. Undoubtedly, this is a difficult classic, so you will really have to pay attention to the minute details with which the author has woven the story.

On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

While there still are people who deny the existence of evolution in shaping our world, this is one book that is good reading for everyone. It challenges orthodox religious beliefs and enlightens the readers about evolution.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

In this book, the author explains how our thinking system is divided into two major parts – fast & emotional and slow & logical. This book also deals with how things make impressions on our mind and mould our perception.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis is a surrealistic story about a young man who transforms into a giant insect and becomes an object of dishonor for his friends and family. The story then revolves around a man’s isolation and guilt.

Hope you liked it. What are your recommendations?

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Mani Karthik

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