We all have questions about the world. We all wonder everything from what’s the most zen way to organize your closet to what it means to be alive. Sometimes it is not easy to come up with answers to these kinds of questions on your own. Thankfully, every life guru and philosophy expert has taken it upon themselves to weigh in on whatever philosophical subject that suits them. While there are literally thousands and thousands of books out there meant to help you, it’s difficult to shovel through all the BS books.

There are a lot of people trying to tell you what to do that have no business writing books. However, I have taken the opportunity to sort through some of the best-selling philosophy books of 2016 to tell you what is actually worth reading.
Here are the best philosophy books that you should read this year:

1. Zen for Beginners

If you’re just beginning to start your introspective journey, this book is exactly where you should start. If you’re looking to find peace inside yourself, you should read this book. Zen for Beginners allows you to understand what the Zen mentality is all about without having to sort through philosophical mumbo-jumbo.

This puts a relaxed lifestyle in layman’s terms.

2. Existentialist Cafe

If you’re interested in delving deeper into certain philosophical schools, you should look into this book as well. The author of his book tells a fascinating story about French existentialism without being dry. Philosophy can be difficult to understand, especially in the way that it was traditionally written: with long, convoluted sentences and extremely hard words.

In this book, you get a whole lot of history, a bit of narrative, and a wealth of knowledge about the existentialist school of philosophy.

3. Gratitude

One of the greatest minds in America, Oliver Sacks, passed away in recent years. However, he wrote a book about his experience with age and illness in his last years. In his last two years, he detailed his experience as an older man.

If you’re looking to understand the proper way to live, it might be worth reading a book written by someone who lived a full and amazing life. By reading this book, you can gain some perspective from a man at the end of his life, so that you might live yours in the right way.

4. Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter

If you are anything like me, you value brevity. Sometimes the most important things do not need six hundred words to be said. This book compiles short essays on an important topic such as love, life, and everything in between.

5. Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

This book is less of a traditional philosophy book but more of an insight into one of the most successful men in the world. Elon Musk is brilliant. There is infinite value in reading about how this man thinks.

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