Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything? There’s an easy way to do it: Read everything.
You can stick to the mystery novels, anthologies, or biographies you’ve grown partial to. But if you really want to become a more well-rounded person, you’ll need to force yourself out of your comfort zone at the bookstore or library.
Here are 40 timeless books on all different topics — politics, science, history, culture, and more — to read in your lifetime that can help you become the well-rounded person you strive to be.
Jacquelyn Smith, Natalie Walters, and Catherine Rice contributed to a previous version of this article.