It seems there has been an explosive growth in the number of books recently published on brain science with a focus on self-development. These books on brain science keep popping up regularly either through recommendations on Amazon/Audible or at Barnes & Noble or even at my in-laws who are not your typical brain science readers. When I see these books my typical reaction is “Ooh, I have to read this book”. I don’t know what it is, either the titles are alluring or the subject is interesting, I somehow seem to get attracted to these books.
So, in the past 2-3 years I have read quite a few of these books and incidentally, have just started reading the book, “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain” written by David Eagleman. Obviously, this book will not be in the list of top 7 books that I will be reviewing today.
- Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. Written by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi.
- Boost Your Brain: The New Art+Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance. Written by Majid Fotuhi and Christina Breda Antoniades
- Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Written by Joshua Foer
- Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School. Written by John Medina
- Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Written by John J Ratey
- Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus & Working Smarter All Day Long. Written By David Rock
- You Are Not Your Brain: The Four-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life. Written by Jeffery Schwartz
As you can see from the titles, each of these books promises a lot. So, naturally after reading not one but seven books, I should have become a transformed person with maximum health, focussed work and with full control of my life. Let me tell you that the transformation has not happened yet.
The simplest reason is that there is a gap between knowing and doing. No one can become a tennis player by reading books on tennis. Similarly, I have read these books and then not practiced fully any of the principles outlined in these books. That is regretful and while writing this post, I am telling myself that I need to reread these books to at least get some of the benefits listed here.
Having said that, what I remember the most is that these books kept me very engaged while I was reading them. Some changed my thinking for sure especially Joshua Foer’s book on memory. I tried a few books on improving my memory and did some exercises. As is it with everything else, I did not keep at these exercises.
Anyhow, check these books out and see if any of these interest you.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!