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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingCosmos by Carl SaganThe Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Best Science Books - Non-Fiction Only
1,399 books — 3,070 voters
Stiff by Mary RoachThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver SacksOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Medicine and Literature
1,356 books — 1,738 voters

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Host by Stephenie MeyerCatching Fire by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne CollinsDivergent by Veronica Roth
Best Sci-Fi/Futuristic Romance
1,252 books — 1,315 voters
Watchmen by Alan MooreSoon I Will Be Invincible by Austin GrossmanThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael ChabonBatman by Frank MillerHero by Perry Moore
Superhero Fiction
672 books — 1,116 voters

Hyperion by Dan SimmonsDune by Frank HerbertEnder's Game by Orson Scott CardFoundation by Isaac AsimovCassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Best Space Opera
470 books — 1,023 voters
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis CarrollThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsFear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. ThompsonCoraline by Neil GaimanHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Trippy Books
752 books — 938 voters

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingDivergent by Veronica RothTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
All Sorts Favourites
959 books — 903 voters

Divergent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica RothUglies by Scott WesterfeldThe Host by Stephenie MeyerDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Best Books About Nanotechnology
178 books — 734 voters
Martin Heidegger by Rüdiger SafranskiBeing and Time by Martin HeideggerConfessions by Jean-Jacques RousseauThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Age of Insight by Eric R. Kandel
Non-fiction - Something for Everyone
1,524 books — 636 voters

The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeAnimal Farm by George Orwell
Works of Pure Genius
465 books — 615 voters
The Martian by Andy WeirRevelation Space by Alastair ReynoldsFoundation by Isaac AsimovDune by Frank HerbertRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
best hard science fiction
311 books — 571 voters

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonFreakonomics by Steven D. LevittQuiet by Susan CainThis Changes Everything by Naomi KleinThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Best 21st Century Non-Fiction
768 books — 569 voters
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. HofstadterFermat's Enigma by Simon SinghFlatland by Edwin A. AbbottThe Code Book by Simon SinghZero by Charles Seife
Best Books About Mathematics
366 books — 531 voters

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo LeopoldWalden by Henry David ThoreauA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonDesert Solitaire by Edward AbbeySilent Spring by Rachel Carson
Best Nature Books
637 books — 530 voters
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondCosmos by Carl SaganThe Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Best General Science Books
433 books — 422 voters

Neuromancer by William GibsonSnow Crash by Neal StephensonDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickCount Zero by William GibsonMona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
Best cyberpunk books
167 books — 415 voters
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver SacksHow the Mind Works by Steven PinkerThe Blank Slate by Steven PinkerThe Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
Best Cognitive Science Books
290 books — 386 voters

Dune by Frank HerbertFoundation by Isaac AsimovHyperion by Dan SimmonsRevelation Space by Alastair ReynoldsEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card
Space Opera
252 books — 373 voters
2001 by Arthur C. ClarkeI, Robot by Isaac AsimovDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickNeuromancer by William GibsonThe Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Best artificial intelligence books
229 books — 367 voters

The Golden Compass by Philip PullmanHopebreaker by Dean F. WilsonThe Subtle Knife by Philip PullmanThe Amber Spyglass by Philip PullmanThe Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum by D.L. Mackenzie
Best Steampunk and Gaslight Works
276 books — 365 voters
Angels & Demons by Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownFingerprints of the Gods by Graham HancockThe Lost Symbol by Dan BrownThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Underground Knowledge
1,018 books — 301 voters

Salt by Mark KurlanskyAt Home by Bill BrysonGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Professor and the Madman by Simon WinchesterA History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
Histories of the Everyday
243 books — 286 voters
Being and Time by Martin HeideggerA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonThe Undiscovered Self by Carl JungFreakonomics by Steven D. LevittMemories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung
Most Engaging Scientific Nonfiction
288 books — 257 voters

Sapiens by Yuval Noah HarariHomo Deus by Yuval Noah HarariThinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonQuiet by Susan Cain
Best of 21st Century Non-fiction
383 books — 248 voters
Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. CormenStructure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold AbelsonThe C Programming Language by Brian W. KernighanThe Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set by Donald Ervin KnuthThe Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt
Essential Books of Computer Science
167 books — 220 voters

The Undiscovered Self by Carl JungNietzsche by Rüdiger SafranskiThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. KuhnEncounters and Dialogues with Martin Heidegger, 1929-1976 by Heinrich Wiegand PetzetTesla by Margaret Cheney
Scientists and Philosophers
229 books — 216 voters
Cosmos by Carl SaganA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingPale Blue Dot by Carl SaganThe Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Science Writing
233 books — 152 voters

My Lady Love by Bridgitte LesleyWitch in the Woods by Taylor Ann BunkerYou Really Are Full of Shit, Aren't You? by Karl WigginsCalico Jack in your Garden by Karl WigginsWood, Talc and Mr. J by Chris   Rose
Try it!
143 books — 152 voters
Freakonomics by Steven D. LevittGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondOutliers by Malcolm GladwellCosmos by Carl SaganThe Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Best Pop Science Books
126 books — 152 voters

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