Philosophy Books – Best Sellers You Should Read in 2016

Philosophy Books – Best Sellers You Should Read in 2016

If you are wondering where to get started, these “best selling” philosophy books are well worth reading.  From the personal philosophy of one of the worlds greatest entrepreneurs, Elon Musk, to Zen philosophy, we guarantee if you take the time to read you will benefit by learning something about the world or yourself. (Reviews below the list)

1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance
2. Gratitude – Oliver Sacks
3. Zen: Zen for Beginners: A step-by-step Guide to achieving a stress-free life & finding happiness with Zen Buddhism – Reiju Gensho
4. The Road to Character – David Brooks
5. Happiness and Success: The Zen Transformation: How to Find Success and Happiness – Jason Delilah and George Cross

WhyToRead reviews Top 5 Best Selling Philosophy Books you should read in 2016

1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

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Perhaps not a typical ‘philosophy books’ offering. Yet what is more fascinating than a success story is the glimpse into the thought process of a visionary. Vance’s book on Elon Musk is more than a biography. It offers plenty of insight into the inventor himself – his grand visions, work ethic, professional network, and how he overcomes setbacks, not just at work but also in his personal life. The book paints an excellent portrait of one of the most intriguing people of our time and clearly details his vision for the future of humanity.

2. Gratitude – Oliver Sacks

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Neurologist Oliver Sacks passed away in August 2015, leaving behind the last piece of his literary legacy in the form of a short collection of essays. Written in the last two years of his life, these profound personal essays explore the subject of aging and dying. An excellent book for light philosophical reading, Sacks’ perspective will stir a sense of gratitude for all things in your own life.

3. Zen: Zen for Beginners: A step-by-step Guide to achieving a stress-free life & finding happiness with Zen Buddhism – Reiju Gensho

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In our increasingly fast-paced world, incorporating a little Zen into your daily life will work wonders in finding inner peace amidst daily chaos. Zen for Beginners is a short and practical guide for living the Zen lifestyle. The chapters are clear and concise. Each one will guide you to make positive changes based on Buddhist principles that will improve your life. A classic philosophy text.

4. The Road to Character – David Brooks

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How can one build a strong inner character? Brooks explores the subject of character building by looking to some of the most inspiring thinkers and leaders throughout history as example. There is also an extensive look at the changes in general societal values. How things have changed after WWII and the impact technological advances have on the way people think. Overall, The Road to Character is an interesting examination of many complex factors that contributes to building a strong individual character.

5. Happiness and Success: The Zen Transformation: How to Find Success and Happiness – Jason Delilah and George Cross

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There are plenty of success self-help guides out there, but very few of them give much attention to the elusive aspect that people often assume comes with being successful – happiness. This book will introduce you to the fundamental concepts to attain the necessary balance of happiness and success. You will learn practical approaches to cultivate more self-awareness, patience and inner calm, which are important factors to being happy. In turn these will help you achieve even more success. A unique philosophy book on happiness.

For more philosophy books, see our other lists such as modern philosophy.

Best Sellers from Christmas 2015

Best Sellers from Christmas 2015

Here’s some more best sellers from Christmas 2015. Like the Top 5 Christmas Best Sellers this list features a majority of mystery/thrillers; but also a true story, and a romance to round out your entertainment.

But clearly, we all like nothing better than curling up with a good book and a good mystery or thriller is best of all.  Curl up and ignore the cold vortex with these popular picks.

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6. Cross Justice (Alex Cross) – James Patterson

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As the 23rd entry of the Alex Cross crime novel series, Cross Justice is everything fans of the genre and series would expect; packed with action, drama, and crafty villains. The story follows the famous crime fighter trying to clear the name of his cousin, who was charged with a slew of crimes as part of a conspiracy. Long-time fans will also get a closer look into Cross’s background and upbringing, which will add more depth and dimension to the hero.

7. See Me – Nicholas Sparks

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He was a guy with anger management issue just getting his life together, while she was ambitious, hard working and the perfect daughter. Despite being total opposites, they met and fell in love. See Me is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl and opposites attract, with a touch of mystery and thriller. What makes it so easy to get hooked on this book is the memorable characters that you cant help but care about and want their romance to have a happy ending.

8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

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Based on the actual 1943 Thai-Burma death railway construction by prisoners of war under the command of the Japanese army, The Narrow Road to the Deep North gives a poignant account of real horrors through the eyes of fictional characters. Although it is a work of historical fiction, the dehumanizing atrocities are grimly and realistically depicted. It is one of those entertaining and imaginative novels that are also eye-opening and haunting.

9. The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 – James Patterson & Otto Penzler

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We bet you will rediscover a love for short fiction with this anthology compiled by crime fiction author James Patterson (yes the same one at No6 above) and editor, Otto Penzler. This 2015 collection features 20 stories that cover the various extremes of criminal behavior imaginable, penned by masters of the genre. That is 20 fast-paced, surprisingly twisted mystery tales for some daily light reading.

10. Point Blank (Sisterhood) – Fern Michaels

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The sisterhood is a group of female vigilantes who always stand together. In Point Blank, the daughter of a Sisterhood member goesmissing from her school in China, and the other members and the men in their lives band together to find her. Michaels’s Sisterhood series always delivers on exciting action and adventure-filled plot, with strong female characters – even if they are a little reality-defying and over the top. Nonetheless, the book is entertaining escapism reading; just suspend reality for a moment and enjoy the thrill ride.

Best Selling Books: 8 Best Selling Romance Novels Everyone Must Read

Best Selling Books: 8 Best Selling Romance Novels Everyone Must Read

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Romance novels are some of the best selling books in the literature and fiction genre, and not just around valentines day. A romance book can take you to a romantic world, a world of love and warmth. They can make you laugh, they can make you cry, and as a fan of literature, a romance novel can be a book which has it all. The books below are the best selling books in the romance genre.

8 Best Selling Romance Novels Everyone Must Read

1. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars is the story of two 16-year-olds who meet at a cancer support group. Hazel Lancaster, the narrator, is has terminal thyroid cancer which has ravaged her lungs enough to necessitate the use of an oxygen tank. It is during a support meeting that she is introduced to Augustus Waters, whose leg was claimed by a malignant bone tumor and who soon becomes the object of her love. Let the romance ensue.

2. Hopeless – Colleen Hoover

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This story is about a hopeless boy, Dean Holder with his dark hair, blue eyes and dimples. He has a history among his peers for moodiness and aggression.
Linden “Sky” Davis is our heroine, who at 17 years old is not your typical high school girl. Their story will have you gripped to the book until the end.

3. Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks

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Beautiful, young Katie arrives in a small southern town, Southport, North Carolina. She rents a small cabin and works in a local restaurant, then meets the local widowed grocer, Alex and his two young children. Apparently, she is keeping a low profile and is very secretive, but that doesn’t last long.

4. Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen

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The main character is a sharp 93-year-old man, and his frustration at being trapped in an old man’s body is palpable. The story of his incredible life and adventures with the Benzini Brothers circus unfolds in a way that is emotionally wrenching, and yet flashes of good humor pervade throughout.

5. Me Before You: A Novel – Jojo Moyes

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Louisa’s life is lackluster and she’s completely content with ‘playing it safe’. Not that she’s ever allowed herself to contemplate how different things could possibly be if she took more risks. But when she loses her job at the tea shop she accepts a temporary 6 month position as a caregiver to a quadriplegic Will Traynor, her life takes a new twist.

6. The Rosie Project: A Novel – Graeme Simsion

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Professor Don Tillman is unmarried, and he things he needs a wife. While Don’s physical attributes and career should make him an attractive husband, his lack of social skills has resulted in a track record of bad dating experiences. His pursuit of a wife is both hilarious and gripping.

7. The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks

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Ira Levinson is over 90 but still driving when he crashes off the road into snow and ice. Badly injured and waiting for rescue he reflects on his life with his beloved wife Ruth who died a few years earlier. In delirium Ruth returns to encourage him and talks about their life together.

8. Beautiful Disaster: A Novel – Jamie McGuire

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Beautiful Disaster is a heartwarming and heartbreaking, beautifully written, wonderfully told, passionate and often witty love story, that doesn’t just explore the warm, sweet side of love, but also the complicated and messy side.

For more best selling books, check our Best Selling Books page.

3 Must Read Books by James Patterson

3 Must Read Books by James Patterson

As one of the most successful authors of our time, James Patterson has been featured on the covers of The New York Times and Time magazine.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author.

If you’ve never read any James Patterson books, this list is a great place to start. These 3 books have been picked from the top of his very best

3 Must Read Books by James Patterson

1. Kiss the Girls: A Novel – James Patterson

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By reading this book, you enter the obscenely diabolical world of two serial killers: The Gentleman Caller, and Casanova, terrorizing both Coasts at once. With skill and his own brand of genius, Patterson takes the reader into the crazed yet terrifyingly logical minds of each killer.

2. Along Came a Spider – James Patterson

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Alex Cross is a lead detective with the Washington Police Department. He is also a very able licensed psychologist. While investigating a series of murders he is called out to take the lead in the investigation of the kidnapping of a politician’s son and a movie star’s daughter.

3. 1st to Die – James Patterson

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The killer wonders “What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?”, as he sets out to do worse.
San Francisco homicide investigator, Lindsay Boxer, is called to the most disturbing crime scene. A young couple have been murdered on their wedding night. As the investigation begins, another murder is committed, again another young couple on their wedding night. Lindsay knows she is up against a sick serial killer preying on newlyweds.

For more information about James Patterson Books, check out his Amazon authors page here.

Four Most Popular New York Times Best Sellers in Non-Fiction

Four Most Popular New York Times Best Sellers in Non-Fiction

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The New York Times Best Sellers list is widely considered the preeminent list of best-selling books in the world. The list below is of the Four Most Popular New York Times Best Sellers in Non-Fiction.

1. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers – David Perlmutter

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This book is absolutely amazing. It is chock full of great information for the dieter who is looking to increase his knowledge on how exactly grains and different types of carbs can affect your brain.

2. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are  Brene Brown

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The Gifts of Imperfection is a little gem of a book that offers readers a way to change their lives through adopting the practices of “wholehearted” living. Brené Brown shows you how to live more authentic and compassionate lives, while learning to embrace your imperfections, and recognize what issues get in our way, such as shame and fear.

3. It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways – Melissa Hartwig

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It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever–and transform your life in unexpected ways.

4. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts – Gary D Chapman

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The main idea behind this book is that just as people have unique personality preferences, we all have unique preferences for what we find satisfying and motivating when it comes to love. Your love language is the way that you most feel loved and cared for.

Let us know what you think of the list in the comments down below.