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Besides being ridiculously fun, puzzles are also incredibly good for your brain! If you want to improve your logic skills, sharpen your mind, and have a bit of fun in the process, consider checking out some of these puzzle books. Improve your memory, lower your stress, and increase your attention to detail! We’re not guaranteeing that these books will make you smarter (although they certainly will help!) but we can promise that you’ll look and feel a whole lot smarter, which is just as important!

Brain Teasers, Puzzles, and Mathematical Diversions (Erwin Brecher)

Remarkable Lateral Thinking Puzzles (Paul Sloane)

Legendary Logic Puzzles (Kurt Smith)

Tantalizing Brain Teasers: Over 100 Challenging Enigmas, Puzzles, and Riddles to Unravel (Erwin Brecher)

Logical Thinking Puzzles: 50 Brain-Training Puzzles to Improve Analysis and Deduction (Charles Phillips)

Sherlock Holmes’ Book of Conundrums: Brain Teasers, Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Logic Problems (Dan Moore)

Einstein’s Twin: Mind Bending Puzzles and Paradoxes from the World of Science (Jeremy Stangroom)

Memory Puzzles to Exercise Your Mind: Test Your Recall with 80 Photo Games (Luke Sharpe)

Brain Teasers: Including the Tricky Twenty (Kiran Srinivas)

Oddities: Spot the Odd One Out Puzzle Book (John Bigwood)

The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers (The Grabarchuk Family)

Mystifying Mind Benders: Over 100 Challenging Enigmas, Puzzles, and Riddles to Unravel (Erwin Brecher)

The Mammoth Book of New IQ Puzzles (Nathan Haselbauer)

Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic, and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons (Garth Sundem)

Bonus Book:

And let’s wrap this list up with something a little different. A.J. Jacobs has made his career writing books about singular challenges, such as reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z or living a year by biblical rules. And in his most recent, he tackles the gargantuan task of learning to solve the most baffling puzzles ever. If this sounds as fascinating to you as it does to me, you’ll want to check out The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life.


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