Books in the reference genre focus on the relevant information about a particular subject. This genre helps readers to get the info they require in the specific field. For example, they might consist of travel guides about the destinations in a country or a particular area. Or they can be about marketing guides for writers. The main aim of this genre is to inform people about the reference material that they need to know. They contain easy-to-read lists of the relevant info that help readers find what they need more quickly. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Reference.
1. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
“A flawless compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey From the author of the forthcoming An Illustrated Book of Loaded Language, here’s the antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals! Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments ! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle). Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short—plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas . Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise ( the appeal to ignorance ). And Lion doesn’t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn’t like the result (the argument from consequences ). Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.
- Author: Ali Almossawi
- Publisher: The Experiment; Illustrated edition (September 23, 2014)
- Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
- ISBN: 978-1615192250
- Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8 inches
2. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score , he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
- Author: Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2015)
- Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
- ISBN: 978-0143127741
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
3. My First Learn to Write Workbook: Practice for Kids with Pen Control, Line Tracing, Letters, and More!
Build communication skills with the ultimate writing workbook for kids ages 3 to 5 Set kids up to succeed in school with a learn to write for kids guide that teaches them letters, shapes, and numbers―and makes it fun. My First Learn-to-Write Workbook introduces early writers to proper pen control, line tracing, and more with dozens of handwriting exercises that engage their minds and boost their reading and writing comprehension. This handwriting activity book includes: 75+ Practice pages ―Tons of engaging pencil-on-paper activities like connect-the-dots and fill-in-the-blanks offer enough repetition for real learning but enough variety to keep kids interested. Comprehensive skill-building ―As they explore these exercises, kids will build a strong foundation of reading comprehension, penmanship, and fine motor skills. Colorful fun ―This workbook is full of helpful (and silly) pictures and illustrations that will spark kids’ imaginations and get them excited to keep practicing. Get your little one on the path to success with an interactive book that helps them master early learning skills.
- Author: Crystal Radke
- Publisher: Rockridge Press; Workbook edition (August 27, 2019)
- Genre: Children's Books, Education & Reference
- ISBN: 978-1641526272
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! A sturdy and beautiful book to give as a gift for new babies, baby showers, birthdays, and other new beginnings! Featuring interactive die-cut pages, this board book edition is the perfect size for little hands and great for teaching counting and days of the week. "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..." — Mother's Manual "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..." — The New York Times Book Review
- Author: Eric Carle
- Publisher: World of Eric Carle; 1st edition (March 23, 1994)
- Genre: Children's Books, Early Learning
- ISBN: 978-0399226908
- Dimensions: 7.19 x 0.62 x 5.06 inches
5. Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook
A Weissman once said… "...can we please stop with the barrage of 2.3 second meals that only need 1 ingredient? I get it…we’re busy. But let’s refocus on the fact that beautifully crafted burgers don't grow on trees." Ironically this sounds a lot like he's trying to convince you to cook, but he's really not. Is this selling the cookbook? The point is that the food in this book is an invitation that speaks for itself. Great cooking does, and should, take time. Now is the time to double down and get your head in the cooking game. Or you know, don't. Maybe get someone else to cook this stuff for you...that works too. How can you know if something is your favorite if 50 to 80 percent of the stuff you've been eating was made by someone else? Butter, condiments, cheese, pickles, patties, and buns. For a superior and potentially even life-changing experience, you can (and should, to be honest) make these from scratch. Create the building blocks necessary to make the greatest meal of your life. While you're at it, give it the Joshua Weissman—or your own—twist. As Joshua would say, “If you don’t like blue cheese, then don’t use blue cheese.” From simple staples to gourmet to deep-fried, you are the master of your own kitchen, and you'll make it all, on your terms. With no regrets, excuses, or apologies, Joshua Weissman will instruct you how with his irreverent humor, a little bit of light razzing, and over 100 perfectly delectable recipes. If you love to host and entertain; if you like a good project; if you crave control of your food; if fast food or the frozen aisle or the super-fast-super-easy cookbook keep letting your tastebuds down; then Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook is your ideal kitchen companion.
- Author: Joshua Weissman
- Publisher: Alpha (September 14, 2021)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking Methods
- ISBN: 978-1615649983
- Dimensions: 10.24 x 0.83 x 8.27 inches
6. How to Win Friends & Influence People
You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you! Simon & Schuster Audio is proud to present one of the best-selling books of all time, Dale Carnegie's perennial classic How to Win Friends and Influence People , presented here in its entirety. For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. With this truly phenomenal audiobook, learn: The six ways to make people like you The twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment And much, much more! There is room at the top, when you know... How to Win Friends and Influence People .
- Author: Dale Carnegie
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships, Friendship
7. The Last Anniversary: A Novel
From Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty , comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable and eccentric characters. Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.
- Author: Liane Moriarty
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (April 2, 2010)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction
8. Flash Cards: Sight Words
Reading books is a kind of enjoyment. Reading books is a good habit. We bring you a different kinds of books. You can carry this book where ever you want. It is easy to carry. It can be an ideal gift to yourself and to your loved ones. Care instruction keep away from fire.
- Author: Scholastic Teacher Resources
- Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Teaching Strategies) (March 1, 2018)
- Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
- ISBN: 978-1338233582
- Dimensions: 3.25 x 1 x 6.25 inches
9. The Baseball 100
A magnum opus from acclaimed baseball writer Joe Posnanski that is already being hailed as “an instant sports classic” ( New York Post ), The Baseball 100 is an audacious, singular, and masterly book that took a lifetime to write. The entire story of baseball rings through a countdown of the 100 greatest players in history, with a foreword by George Will. Longer than Moby-Dick and nearly as ambitious, The Baseball 100 is a one-of-a-kind work by award-winning sportswriter and lifelong student of the game Joe Posnanski that tells the story of the sport through the remarkable lives of its 100 greatest players. In the book’s introduction, Pulitzer Prize–winning commentator George F. Will marvels, “Posnanski must already have lived more than 200 years. How else could he have acquired such a stock of illuminating facts and entertaining stories about the rich history of this endlessly fascinating sport?” Baseball’s legends come alive in these pages, which are not merely rankings but vibrant profiles of the game’s all-time greats. Posnanski dives into the biographies of iconic Hall of Famers, unfairly forgotten All-Stars, talents of today, and more. He doesn’t rely just on records and statistics—he lovingly retraces players’ origins, illuminates their characters, and places their accomplishments in the context of baseball’s past and present. Just how good a pitcher is Clayton Kershaw in the twenty-first- century game compared to Greg Maddux dueling with the juiced hitters of the nineties? How do the career and influence of Hank Aaron compare to Babe Ruth’s? Which player in the top ten most deserves to be resurrected from history? No compendium of baseball’s legendary geniuses could be complete without the players of the segregated Negro Leagues, men whose extraordinary careers were largely overlooked by sportswriters at the time and unjustly lost to history. Posnanski writes about the efforts of former Negro Leaguers to restore sidelined Black athletes to their due honor, and draws upon the deep troves of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and extensive interviews with the likes of Buck O’Neil to illuminate the accomplishments of players such as pitchers Satchel Paige and Smokey Joe Williams; outfielders Oscar Charleston, Monte Irvin, and Cool Papa Bell; first baseman Buck Leonard; shortstop Pop Lloyd; catcher Josh Gibson; and many, many more. The Baseball 100 treats readers to the whole rich pageant of baseball history in a single volume. Chapter by chapter, Posnanski invites readers to examine common lore with brand-new eyes and learn stories that have long gone unheard. The epic and often emotional reading experience mirrors Posnanski’s personal odyssey to capture the history and glory of baseball like no one else, fueled by his boundless love for the sport. Engrossing, surprising, and heartfelt, The Baseball 100 is a magisterial tribute to the game of baseball and the stars who have played it.
- Author: Joe Posnanski
- Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (September 28, 2021)
- Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
- ISBN: 978-1982180584
- Dimensions: 6.13 x 1.8 x 9.25 inches
10. The Wonderful Things You Will Be
The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever. This is the perfect heartfelt gift for any special occasion, from birthdays to graduations, and celebrating new babies and other new beginnings. From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, lush illustrations and a stunning gatefold that opens at the end, this is a book that families will love reading over and over. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes and makes a great gift to the ones you love for any occasion.
- Author: Emily Winfield Martin
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2015)
- Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
- ISBN: 978-0385376716
- Dimensions: 9.95 x 0.37 x 10.3 inches