Why you should avoid best-selling books
Farnam Street stashed this in Interesting
If you read what everyone else reads, soon you'll start thinking like everyone else
A better approach is to learn things that don't change quickly — or at all. This is foundational knowledge. Learn the big ideas from multiple disciplines. These will form the foundation to future reading and learning.
So for example, if you want to learn about psychology, the best place to start isn't with a current best-seller, but rather with Robert Cialdini's The Psychology of Influence. Not only has this book stood the test of time, but the ideas and concepts in it are rooted in human nature. Or if you want to learn about philosophy, the best place to start is with the Stoics. Not only is this readable — more readable than most current philosophy books — but it will help you deal with the problems you face today: materialism, knowledge, death, love, and suffering.
I agree with him. Read about evergreen things -- prefer it to the news.