Do you love random facts and figures? Do you look at maps or read the world almanac for fun? No?? Well, even if you aren’t a self-professed information geek (like many of us librarians), brushing up on your facts can’t do any harm for the next time you get suckered into bar trivia on a Friday night. Give these titles a try!
Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
The title pretty much says it all here. A collection of beautiful hand-drawn maps along with a few paragraphs about each island, this book is ideal for anyone who loves maps and learning about parts of our world where few have set foot.
Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong by Rod L. Evans
Why is German Chocolate called German Chocolate? The answer isn’t what you might guess. Check out this book for an enlightening look into some commonly misanswered questions.
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray
We must admit, a book about the elements that make up the periodic table doesn’t sound exactly thrilling. But the author’s treatment of the elements, along with the photography and layout of the book make for an educational treat for scientists and non-scientists alike.
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
Does reading the Encyclopedia Britannica make you the smartest person in the world? What’s the difference between book smarts and real-life experience? And which is better? Read and find out as journalist A.J. Jacobs sets out to find these answers and more by reading all 33,000 pages of the multi-volume set in one year.