Some people, like me, feel a visceral need to learn. What? you may ask. Well, everything. Anything from any subject. It is the need to know, the same need for knowledge that in the famous proverb killed the cat and then brought it back to life.
With the internet, you think learning has become easier, and in many ways it has. Information is available to us whenever we need it. The problem is that the internet not only gives us answers but also distracts us, wastes our time and often when you don’t know something you don’t even know what question to ask.
This article is dedicated to my friends who never tire of hearing new anecdotes and old stories. People who want to know why trees have that shape and where the word ‘noodle’ comes from.
The must-read books I will show you today will open, twist and turn your mind. You will come away from each page totally changed, more knowledgeable and cultured.
The choice is yours and even if you read only one of these books you will have learnt a lot. But I have to be honest, I really cared about this list and would not want to miss a single one of these books.
This article will be very long and winding so if you want to save it to read a little at a time, you can bookmark it and come back whenever you want. I will be waiting for you here.
But enough of making you wait. For the more curious, here are 10 books to learn EVERYTHING.
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Books to learn how to use herbs for everything you need
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills (DIY)
Living by the laws of nature without the hassle of chemicals is the dream of many. This book makes it super easy for you to realise it.
You will learn how to make your own natural shampoo, how to make remedies and how to make a good fertiliser.
All the explanations are clear and easy to follow, a great buy for getting into this lifestyle.
Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Expanded Edition): Experience the Healing Power of Nature
It is not enough to have grass under your feet to enjoy nature.
To return to your roots, you must immerse yourself completely in what surrounds you, become part of it.
This book explains why it is important to have a good relationship with Mother Nature and how to develop it.
Books to learn to develop new skills and exploring the natural world
How to Read the Wilderness: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural Wonders of North America
Have you ever wondered how to recognise the 4 cardinal points without a compass?
How to tell which animal made the footprints you just stepped on? How to really know your surroundings?
Here, this book is perfect for the curious. It will explain all this and much more in a simple way and accompanied by clear pictures.
Wherever you go, you will be an excellent guide to have along.
A Year of Forest School: Outdoor Play and Skill-building Fun for Every Season
This book is perfect for teachers and parents who want to encourage children to spend more time in nature. The book contains numerous activities for all seasons and climates.
Learning how to take care of themselves and others in any situation will greatly help children to develop a strong self-confidence.
But the activities are not only perfect for the little ones, teenagers and adults can also benefit from the knowledge this book manages to give in a simple and clear way.
Books to learn how to control personal finances
Money: A Users Guide
This book is not only brilliant in its cover. It will teach you in a few simple steps everything that schools should teach in order to live in this capitalist society.
Unfortunately, you know our life and our future depends a lot on how well we manage our finances. Without money nothing is possible, not even surviving.
This book will teach you how to manage your earnings without going crazy, it will explain how to invest, how to sell and buy a house, how to get out of debt and much more.
Girls That Invest: Your Guide to Financial Independence through Shares and Stocks
Anyone who receives financial advice sooner or later is told ‘you absolutely must invest’. You usually work for the money so the thought of making money work for you is certainly tempting.
But it is one thing to know that you have to invest, it is another thing to know how to do it. If it were easy, everyone would do it, right? This book tells you in a simple way how to start investing and above all how to understand what to invest in.
With the financial crisis of the last few years, we need to understand what to invest our time and money in. A resource not to be missed.
Books to learn about the origin of things
Who Ate the First Oyster?: The Extraordinary People Behind the Greatest Firsts in History
This book is perfect for the curious, have you ever wondered who discovered the delicious chocolate biscuit recipe? Who first rode a horse?
Who wore the first trousers? This book explains all the anecdotes that led to our lifestyle today.
Great curiosities to fill in the awkward silences.
Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World’s Most Infamous Items
This book is very similar to the previous one, but instead of telling you about the origins of objects that surround us in everyday life, it tells you about the origins of more interesting objects.
Those that have featured in many horror films.
All of these stories are great for horror lovers and wonderful to read around a fire on the beach (makes more of an atmosphere don’t you think?).
Books to learn to cook like a killer
The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For: The Beetle House Cookbook
This brilliant book will teach you how to cook delicious dishes, but it doesn’t stop there.
All the recipes in these pages are inspired by books or plays. The recipes are easy to follow and the photos of the dishes make your mouth water.
If you like to be original in the kitchen, this is the book for you.
Southern Gothic Cookbook: Southern Family Recipes with a Supernatural Twist
This culinary book is very similar to the previous one. It lacks tasty pictures but the recipes are very simple and quick to make.
With these never-seen-before dishes, the author will please even the most discerning palate.
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