2020 has been a year of challenges and hardship, struggles, and stagnancy, but reading non-fiction has allowed me to keep growing nevertheless. Non-fiction books top the reading list of the most successful people in the world as well.
Best Non-fiction Books (2020)
An average CEO reads 52 books a year, and no doubt, non-fiction books are abundantly found in their reading pile. If you read non-fiction:
- You will come up with many out-of-the-box ideas
- You will know in a few hours what took great leaders years to learn
- Increase your capability to solve problems more easily.
So, without any further delay, let’s dive into the list of best Non-fiction books of 2020.
1. “The ‘One’ Invisible Code” by Sharat Sharma
This book (The ‘One’ Invisible Code: An Uncommon Formula To Breakthrough Mediocrity & Rise to the Next Level) has a character named ‘Joy’ who is a passionate dreamer and a happy and ideal corporate icon. One day, some unfortunate incidents took away all his success and made him lose all his hope; he was ensnared by self-doubt, angst, frustration, and anxiety.
When he was about to give up, he met his mentor, who introduced him to “The One Invisible Code” which helped him evolve into a successful entrepreneur.
This book will guide you to your road to success and will fulfill all the dreams of the dreamer within you. Not to mention, the illustrations take this book to another level.
2. “All About Love: New Visions” by Bell Hooks
There would not have been a better time to read about love than now are raging at its peak!
Bell Hook is Gloria Jean Watkins’s pen name, a highly acclaimed Feminist icon, and a social activist. She addresses all the stigmatized issues of society where love is needed the most but is absent due to people’s indifference to the power of love. Bell Hooks represents love, not only as ‘mere romance’ but mainly as its capacity to seep in through the crevices of a dysfunctional institution of family, school, and workplaces, and mend the broken parts with care, compassion, empathy, and unity. Bell Hooks explores the meaning of love on a universal level in “All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation).”
3. “Humankind: A Hopeful History” by Rutger Bregman
Rutger Bregman, in this book, unveils the hidden altruism of human beings. Especially based on the disturbing events of 2020, the Human species have been considered as uncooperative and combative. Still, Rutger Berman, with his different perspective, approaches the readers to dig deep into human history, which shows that human beings are trustworthy and kind. This book re-establishes the faith in humanity.
4. “Just Us: An American Conversation” by Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine documented her conversation with White Americans in ‘Just Us: An American Conversation’, which is an admixture of history, essay, and poetry that dives deep into the controversial topics ranging from the deceiving history to the superiority of White people. In many instances in the book, Claudia Rankine talks of how she withheld her emotions and rage not to dismiss her strong opinions as ‘Angry Black Woman.’ In this book, Claudia Rankine tried to bridge the gap between Americans’ different races and endeavored to eradicate racism.
5. “Vesper Flights” by Helen Macdonald
“Vesper Flights” is an award-winning book that conquered thousands of hearts all across the world. Helen Macdonald beautifully penned down her observations of witnessing huge migration of songbirds, a massive herd of cranes flying across the sky, and made the readers acquainted with both the enchanting experience of feeling nature and an alarming red-sign of dying nature. This book is a collection of Helen Macdonald’s most admired essays, which includes her newly acquired realizations and experiences.
6. “You’re Not Listening” by Kate Murphy
In this book (You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters), Kate Murphy is making the readers acquainted with the art of listening and stresses the signification of patient listening. People’s attention span is shrinking day by day as they are glued to a screen all day long; this results in shallow bondages between people. Attentive listening strengthens the human-to-human connection and helps you make the most out of any conversation.
7. “The End of Everything” by Katie Mack
We all know that end is inevitable, but the biggest curiosity lies in the question – How is everything going to end? Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who introduces us to the nitty-gritty of cosmic forces that may result at the end of this universe. A detailed scientific explanation starting from the Big Bang Theory to the current day theories is written down in the book “The End of Everything.” It is quite an interesting and intimidating read that takes the reader from the history of the universe to the universe’s future.
8. “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by James Nestor
Coronavirus pandemic made us realize the importance of breath, without which our lives will be at stake. James Nestor delivered the same message that our breath can do wonders in our lives and can also change our lives. He also expressed his experience of how a ‘long evening of intense breathing’ transformed his life on a spiritual level. This book presents the impact of breathing both on mental and physical health.
9. “The Happiest Man on the Earth” by Eddie Jaku
This book (The Happiest Man on the Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor) is a memoir of Eddie Jaku, who survived the German concentration camp’s atrocities back in 1938. Even after going through the horrors for seven years and losing his family and friends, he found a reason to be happy after being rescued from the grip of German dominance. Eddie Jaku considers himself the happiest man in the world by telling stories of his past and smiling every day for being alive.
10. “A Nurse’s Story” by Louise Curtis and Sarah Johnson
The Physicians and the medical staff have been the true heroes in this deadly pandemic. Louis Curtis and Sarah Johnson in their book (A Nurse’s Story: My Life in A&E During the Covid Crisis) give the readers a close look into the lives of Nurses and Doctors who are fighting with coronavirus and saving patients’ lives by risking their own lives. This is a truly heart-wrenching story narrated from a Nurse’s perspective and her own experiences about dealing with coronavirus flood, day in and day out.
One of the most important reasons to read non-fiction books is that it makes you feel better about yourself, life, and the future when you feel low. As we step into a New Year, incorporate the habit of reading non-fiction books in your life, and see the change for yourself!