From The Hungry Caterpillar to Alan Partridge: Nomad, we're confident that every book makes you smarter in at least one way. Reading is great, and no one should shame anyone into not-reading-that-and-reading-this-instead. But there are some technical truths about which novels will improve your noggin.
Neuroscientist Sam Harris has revealed the 12 books everyone should read, based on his own personal preferences.
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We're not sure how much you can trust a man who only remembered that women exist nine points through his list, but here are his opinions anyway: