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THIS WEEKEND | Start your summer reading with one of our favourite science books, listen to Dr Christian Jarrett on the Instant Genius podcast, and more
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70 best science books you need to read in 2021

How do you go about choosing the best science books? It's a bit of an impossible task. So many pass our desks here at BBC Science Focus that we can barely keep up – but we can say with complete confidence that brilliant science books are coming out all the time.

I'm not saying that this is a list of the best science books of all time. What it is, though, is a list of brilliant books that are worth your time. This is far from an exhaustive list. I could keep going, adding more books I've enjoyed from just the last few years, and even more that my colleagues swear by, but I reckon 70 will do for now.

Keep checking back – we'll keep this page updated when we come across a book, old or new, that we think you should read. And, of course, if your favourite book hasn't made the cut, let us know! Send a message on Twitter or Facebook and tell us about the books you love.

– Sara Rigby, Online Assistant

This week I'm reading...

A Hundred Million Years and A Day (£8.99, Gallic Books) by Jean-Baptiste Andrea.

Now translated into English, this captivating novel follows four fossil hunters as they seek out the skeleton of a dragon.
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Dr Christian Jarrett on the Instant Genius podcast
Dr Christian Jarrett's books

For the most recent episode of our new podcast Instant Genius, we were joined by author and cognitive neuroscientist Dr Christian Jarrett.

His newest book is Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change (£14.99, Robinson).

Listen now to understand what forms personality traits – and the simple ways you can change yours.

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