So many people make empty New Year’s Resolutions like – lose weight, eat healthier, get organized, and many people also resolve to read more books. This resolution seems fair at the time; everyone has an extra hour or so a day that they could spare to read a chapter or two, right? But it seems that this resolution is often the first one that is pushed aside. That extra hour could be spent napping or playing video games or watching some prime TV.

But if you’re one of the few that are serious about expanding your brain and diving into the worlds of literature, science, and history, then look no further than the 18 books below. Some are old and some are new, but all will be worth reading.

The Martian – Andy Weir

This book tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who ends up becoming separated from his fellow crewmates while on a Martian expedition. This book is perfect for any person who loves to think about space travel, science, or even just enjoys solving problems.

Aesop’s Fables – Aesop

Aesop’s Fables have survived for over 2000 years because they are as well-constructed as the pyramids. They are written as simple stories about animals, and they pose different ethical dilemmas and consider the various responses. These stories are often in the form of children’s stories. For example, The Tortoise and the Hare.

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