10 Lesser-Known Books You Should Read In 2020

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Twelve Against The Gods

Twelve Against The Gods, written by William Bolitho is one of the most obscure on the list. It surged in popularity recently when Elon Musk said he was reading it, causing it to sell out on Amazon! It tells the stories of twelve famous adventurers from history, who pushed the boundaries of exploration.

The Jungle

The Jungle is another of the more obscure books on this list. Written by Upton Sinclair in 1904, it details the harsh conditions and exploitation immigrants in Chicago suffered during the early 20th century.


Outliers may be one of the more well-known books on this list, but it is still not as well-known as it could be. Written by Malcolm Gladwell, it examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.

Inverting The Pyramid

Inverting The Pyramid may be a book about football tactics, but it has a lot of little nuggets that can be applied to everyday life. The book details the evolution of tactics in football from its beginnings to the present day.

On The Shortness of Life

On The Shortness of Life is a book that changed my life. The profound message of the book is that every day we are running out of the one resource we cannot accumulate more of, time.

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.

In one sentence, Seneca has summed up the dilemma facing a lot of us in society today. We are prone to wasting our time and going through the motions. It’s easier to relax in front of the TV, instead of challenging yourself to be better.


Airframe is one of Michael Crichton’s lesser-known novels, but it is one of his most relevant, especially in today’s day and age. I’m a huge fan of Crichton, and I will admit it took me a while to get into this book, but when I did, I was hooked!

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is a difficult book to read, I’m not going to lie. I struggled through this book at times, despite its small size. The novella takes a while to get going and the narrative does ramble on, but it’s a fascinating book nonetheless.


While Meditations is becoming more and more well-known, it is still not as popular as it should be. It is a unique book that is unlike any other written.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

I Will Teach You To Be Rich is one of the most important books I have read in the past year. I’m not the most financially literate person, but reading this book has gone a long way fixing this.

The Dirtiest Race In History

The Dirtiest Race In History details the final of the men’s 100m at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. The race was famously won by Canadian Ben Johnson in a world record time until he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

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