Many times, we are left with the impression that a certain fiction novel didn’t tell its story the right way, or that at least something didn’t tick and made you think that the book was either good or interesting.
In such cases, most readers are left with little to no options in terms of what to read next. This is most likely due to the fact that they’ve already read all of the best fiction novels out there.
However, not all hope is lost for you! Even though if you don’t necessarily like biographies, hang on around here and you will definitely change your mind. Some of us were just the same, thinking that biographies couldn’t be as interesting as fiction novels and yet, here we are, claiming the opposite! And don’t forget, reading is really good cause for you, you can read about advantage of reading books in this essay about reading.
So, let’s take a look at some brilliant biography books that are more interesting than fiction novels!
- Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
This biography is the result of over 40 interviews with Steve Jobs himself, and of interviews with more than 100 family members, competitors, friends, colleagues, and so on.
The result is the perfect depiction of Jobs’ roller-coaster life while he was actively revolutionizing, so to say, six of today’s biggest industries: music, personal computers, phones, animated movies, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Naturally, the biography won’t be just about its work – Walter Isaacson documented Jobs’ personality, demons, despair, passions, and everything that made Steve Jobs the man we still remember today as Apple’s face.
- John Adams, by David McCullough
The biography of America’s founding father – who is also its second president – written by David McCullough has been distinguished with a Pulitzer Prize, as well as with it being a bestselling book.
Moreover, the biography is also the foundation of the popular HBO series telling the same story.
Unlike many fiction novels, in this biography, you’ll find the life journey of John Adams – an independent, brilliant, somewhat irascible, but always honest Yankee patriot. You will also be introduced to his love story with Abigail Adams, story considered to be one of the most moving in American history.
Social issues, war, politics, love, human nature, and much more can be found in this biography – in short, everything that a reader needs.
- Socrates: A Man for Our Times, by Paul Johnson
If you are passionate about either philosophy, ancient times and cultures, or simply Socrates, then this is the biography that you have to read.
Besides deep diving, so to say, in Socrates’ powerful rationality, Paul Johnson also gives us the opportunity to take a look at the philosopher’s personality and its subtle aspects.
Reportedly, this book provides the reader with an accurate depiction of Athens, Socrates, and Western history and philosophy in the fifth century BCE.
- Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, by Abraham Pais
It goes without saying that Einstein’s life is as incredible as his discoveries in terms of science. He is the man that has shaped most of the theories that today we know as facts and, therefore, reading his biography is not only a must but also a delight for anyone that’s passionate about the mind and person behind the genius.
Subtle is the Lord is considered one of the best biographies of Einstein, mainly due to the fact that Abraham Pais had full access to the Einstein archives, as well as assistance from Helen Dukas, the genius’ former private secretary.
The Bottom Line
Naturally, biographies can be found depending on what type of lives you wish to discover. If, for example, Steve Jobs is not your favorite slice of bread of the day – so to say -, you can read about Dostoevsky or even Washington.
When it comes to biographies, you have no limits – and, obviously, most of them are much more interesting than your usual fiction novels.